Ohio Gov. John Kasich accused rival Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) campaign Monday of using “strong-arm” tactics to secure delegates in the Republican presidential race.
“The Cruz campaign tried to strong-arm and bully people and they lost everything,” Kasich told reporters during a campaign stop in Albany, New York. “It’s now becoming clear that the hunt for delegates really matters.”
But when pressed on what tactics Cruz used in Saturday’s Michigan Convention, where the senator’s campaign ran eight delegates for eight spots but lost them all, Kasich punted to his staff on the particulars.
“All I know is what they told me about Michigan, there were tactics that – you’ll have to ask my people – but apparently they weren’t appropriate,” the governor said. “Now, you’ll have to ask my folks. I really don’t get into this, I don’t sit at home and try to figure out…”
Kasich wasn’t the only Republican candidate raising objections about delegate allocation over the weekend. After Cruz secured all of Colorado’s 34 delegates in a state convention, Trump accused “phony politicians” of stealing away votes.
Watch the remarks via NBC News:
John Kasich talking Michigan: “The Cruz campaign tried to strong arm and bully people and they lost everything” -> https://t.co/UV5ULqNnF3
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