Cruz and Kasich versus Trump

Ted Cruz and John Kasich have come to an agreement to compete less against each other to try and limit Donald Trump’s accumulation of delegates.

ODT (ex Reuters): Cruz, Kasich reach ‘stop-Trump’ deal

Republican White House rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich announced a deal to stay out of each other’s way in some upcoming state primaries in hopes of blocking front-runner Donald Trump from winning the party’s presidential nomination.

Cruz’s campaign said in a statement he would focus on Indiana and give Kasich a clearer shot in Oregon and New Mexico, states where the Ohio governor expects to do well. Kasich, in turn, agreed to shift resources west and away from Indiana.

The Indiana primary is on May 3, Oregon’s is May 17 and New Mexico’s June 7.

That may make those states more head to head contests, but voters who dislike establishment orientated political deals may rebel against it.

Trump has won the most state nominating contests, but he has a tough path to earn the 1237 delegates needed to secure the nomination. The Cruz and Kasich campaigns believe their agreement to cede states where the other candidate appears strong could help limit Trump’s ability to win more delegates.

Some Republican strategists who oppose Trump have been calling for such a deal for weeks. The question for Cruz and Kasich is whether their agreement is too late.

If no candidate has enough support by the first vote at the Republican National Convention in July, many delegates will be allowed to switch sides on subsequent ballots.

There was no way Kasich could compete on pre-convention delegates, and it Cruz has given up trying as well:

Cruz campaign manager Jeff Roe said Trump, who has offended women, Hispanics and other groups with controversial statements, would lose a general election contest against the eventual Democratic nominee in the November 8 election.

“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,” Kasich chief strategist John Weaver said in a statement.

They aim to use the convoluted Republican nomination system to bypass popular vote to beat Trump.

Not surprisingly Trump has blasted this.

Politico in Cruz and Kasich team up to stop Trump:

Trump fired back late Sunday on Twitter, writing, “Wow, just announced that Lyin’ Ted and Kasich are going to collude in order to keep me from getting the Republican nomination. DESPERATION!”

He added, for good measure: “Lyin’ Ted and Kasich are mathematically dead and totally desperate. Their donors & special interest groups are not happy with them. Sad!”

If Trump fails to get the necessary 1237 delegates and it comes down to a new ball game at the convention it could be that Kasich, trailing the other two by a large margin, could become the favoured contender.

10 Comments

  1. it would hardly be a ringing endorsement going into the general election would it ….

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  25th April 2016

    “If Trump fails to get the necessary 1237 delegates and it comes down to a new ball game at the convention it could be that Kasich, trailing the other two by a large margin, could become the favoured contender.”

    Really? He would be ridiculed in the election as a loser political puppet. It’s looking less likely Trump can be beaten if he is close to the magic number. He has won and seems likely to keep winning too many states for anyone else to claim legitimacy. I saw one suggestion he could take Kasich on as VP.

    • Favoured by the Republicans. And actually Kasich does well in polls head to head with Clinton, far better than Trump versus Clinton.

      • Clemgeopin

         /  25th April 2016

        “Trump versus Clinton”
        Yes, that is what the polls indicate. More surprising is that Sanders does even better than Clinton against all the Republican candidates.

        As an aside, did any of you know that Hillary used to be an active Republican at one time in her younger days? But she became a Democrat due to the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Movement, Wellesley influences and her view that Richard Nixon’s campaign against Nelson Rockefeller included “veiled racism”. [Also, Helen Clark’s family traditionally used to be National party supporters and voters]

        Sanders was an independent (though caucusing with the Democrats) for many years until very recently when he joined the party and then put his Presidential bid.

        Also, Trump was a close friend of many of the Democrats and used to make substantial donations to the party for many years.

        Link about young Hillary and the rat’s ass story!
        http://tinyurl.com/zm9zvo3

        Two more interesting facts about Hillary:
        * Back in 1974, a young Hillary Clinton was already an active figure in the political arena. In fact, she served as a member of the impeachment inquiry staff during Nixon’s impeachment proceedings.

        * Hillary Clinton was subpoenaed for her involvement with the Whitewater controversy as well as for an on-going criminal and civil investigation involving Travelgate and Filegate. For the record, Hillary and Bill Clinton are the only First Couple to be fingerprinted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)!

  3. Brown

     /  25th April 2016

    See, you only allowed to vote because it doesn’t change anything.

  4. Clemgeopin

     /  25th April 2016

    Whichever candidate gets elected come November should expect a miserable honeymoon:

    http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-0424-mcmanus-prepolarization-20160424-story.html

  5. Clemgeopin

     /  25th April 2016

    The best (but unlikely) contest that would be most interesting and with a not-so-easily-predictable result would be ……

    Republican ticket………Kasich (P) with Rubio (VP)
    Verses
    Democratic ticket……..Sanders (P) with Warren) (VP)

    In this theoretical contest, which team do you think is more likely to win?

  6. I personally have great faith in the people of the USA to elect and demand a President who will try and help them create their vision of what the USA should contribute to World peace. If I did not have that faith in ordinary Americans, I could not contemplate the alternative. I am not persuaded that either Trump or Clinton have the moral strength (we call it Mana) to oppose the will of the majority. Even if they are elected, despite their rhetoric, they will be unable to defeat the will of the majority of US citizens. Yes, they have their divisions and different views,but their particular tiger is not one to tease or pull their tails. Believe me?
    Thank you all for your support to our soldiers on ANZAC day, something we are able to participate in (note I did not say enjoy) as a consequence of the sacrifices of the USA’s citizens in WW1 and WW2. “We shall remember them!”.

    • Gezza

       /  25th April 2016

      Perhaps if the successful presidential candidate doesn’t meet the expectations of the people this time they’ll be a one-termer. That’s all the people have really got as the way to demonstrate their will.