Trump Attacks Cruz & Kasich on Primary Eve
West Chester, Pennsylvania: Republican Donald Trump, on the eve of primary elections in five states that he is expected to sweep, launched blistering attacks on Monday on rivals Ted Cruz and JohnKasichfortheir11th-hourjoint effort aimed at denying him the party’s presidential nomination.
The Cruz-Kasich agreement, which some stop-Trump Republican strategists say should have been undertaken weeks ago, was forged to try and keep Trump from securing the 1,237 delegates he needs to win the nomination outright and force Republicans to consider the two rivals at the party’s national convention in Cleveland in July.
Kasich, the Ohio governor, and Cruz, a US senator from Texas, agreed not to compete against each other in three upcoming nominating contests that could prove to be pivotal: Indiana, Oregon and New Mexico. Trump, speaking at Pennsylvania’s West Chester University, near Philadelphia, dismissed the deal as a sign of desperation and predicted he still would win the nomination on the convention’s first ballot.
With dramatic f lair, he compared his plight to a champion boxer whom Trump said he once warned not to go into unfriendly territory because the judges could rule against him. The boxer, Trump said, replied: “If I knock him out there’s not a damn thing the judges can do.” The Kasich-Cruz deal already showed sig ns of bending on Monday,withKasichtellingvoters in Philadelphia that people who want to vote for him in Indiana should still do so. “I’ve never told them not to vote for me, they ought to vote for me. But I’m not over there campaigning and spending resources,” he said.
Cruz took steps to maintain he is a serious contender for the nomination with his campaign team announcing he has developed a shortlist of vice presidential running mates. One person being vetted for the No 2 position is former Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, an aide to Fiorina said.