Cruz, Kasich Team Up To Block Trump In 3 Upcoming Primaries

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, center, speaks, as Republican presidential candidates, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, right, and businessman Donald Trump, left, listen, during the Republican presid... Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, center, speaks, as Republican presidential candidates, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, right, and businessman Donald Trump, left, listen, during the Republican presidential debate sponsored by CNN, Salem Media Group and the Washington Times at the University of Miami, Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) MORE LESS
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The campaigns for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Sunday announced that they will join together to attempt to keep Donald Trump from winning the Republican presidential primaries in Indiana, New Mexico, and Oregon.

Cruz will focus on winning Indiana and Kasich will take the lead in Oregon and New Mexico, according to the campaigns.

“Having Donald Trump at the top of the ticket in November would be a sure disaster for Republicans. Not only would Trump get blown out by Clinton or Sanders, but having him as our nominee would set the party back a generation,” Cruz campaign manager Jeff Roe said in a Sunday statement.

“To ensure that we nominate a Republican who can unify the Republican Party and win in November, our campaign will focus its time and resources in Indiana and in turn clear the path for Gov. Kasich to compete in Oregon and New Mexico, and we would hope that allies of both campaigns would follow our lead,” Roe continued.

Both campaigns said they will compete as usual in the remaining primaries.

“Our goal is to have an open convention in Cleveland, where we are confident a candidate capable of uniting the Party and winning in November will emerge as the nominee,” the Kasich campaign said in a Sunday statement.

“We are very comfortable with our delegate position in Indiana already, and given the current dynamics of the primary there, we will shift our campaign’s resources West and give the Cruz campaign a clear path in Indiana,” the statement reads. “We will focus our time and resources in New Mexico and Oregon, both areas that are structurally similar to the Northeast politically, where Gov. Kasich is performing well.”

The Cruz and Kasich campaigns discussed this strategy in a meeting last week in Hollywood, Florida, where members of the Republican National Committee were gathered for meetings, according to the Washington Post. The campaigns finalized the plans on Sunday before sending out statements announcing the strategy, according to the Post.

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  1. I know it’s sound game theory, but it doesn’t feel right to have two candidates gang up on the leading candidate when you’re talking about the Presidency.

  2. I suppose stealing delegates is not working out for Lyin’ Ted.

    The election is going to be over for both Cruz and Kasich this Tuesday. C-Section Born Cruz and Goldman Kasich will have more time. Lyin’ Cruz will have more time to spend with hookers.

  3. This strategy should debunk the polls showing Kasich beating Clinton in the national race. Kasich did not pick up steam in neighboring Michigan and concedes neighboring Indiana to Cruz.

    The Midwestern Savior of the Republican Party heads to the far West to try to pick up votes from people who don’t know him.

  4. can I please have the job of announcing at the GOP convention the decision to go to the general election with Kasich? Please???

  5. The purest play is to run positive campaigns; how can the MSM fault them for that? The key is not to attack each other, which can drive voters toward Trump or away from the polls. But it may be more effective to just have the one guy in each state attack Trump. Negative campaigns work; or maybe you drive support to the third guy.

    It does seem a bit like collusion, but Trump is the front runner, and the only way either of them have a chance individually is to deny Trump 1237. Only then can Cruz play his stolen delegates, or can Kasich hope to withstand the mutual destruction and come out ahead like a cockroach.

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