Cruz, Kasich team up to stop Trump

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In a last ditch effort to stop Donald Trump from winning the Republican nomination, the Ted Cruz and John Kasich campaigns announced on Sunday night that they have agreed to focus on different states, in order to try to block a Trump victory in the GOP race.

“Our goal is to have an open convention in Cleveland,” read a statement from Kasich strategist John Weaver, adding, “we will shift our campaign’s resources West and give the Cruz campaign a clear path in Indiana.”

The Cruz campaign issued a very similar statement, saying the Cruz effort “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.

“What took them so long?” said Jim Merrill on Twitter, a top New Hampshire aide to Marco Rubio.

Kasich’s team made no bones about the agreement:

The Cruz statement was very similar.

It was the first time since early March that candidates had moved to coordinate their work – back then, it was Marco Rubio urging voters in Ohio to vote for Kasich over Trump.

The Cruz-Kasich move comes just before a Tuesday that might see Donald Trump win five states, and pick up some momentum for the final six weeks of campaign work.

As for Trump – he was not impressed:

Trump also issued a longer statement to reporters:

It is sad that two grown politicians have to collude against one person who has only been a politician for ten months in order to try and stop that person from getting the Republican nomination.

Senator Cruz has done very poorly and after his New York performance, which was a total disaster, he is in free fall and as everyone has seen, he does not react well under pressure. Also, approximately 80% of the Republican Party is against him. Governor Kasich, who has only won 1 state out of 41, in other words, he is 1 for 41 and he is not even doing as well as other candidates who could have stubbornly stayed in the race like him but chose not to do so. Marco Rubio, as an example, has more delegates than Kasich and yet suspended his campaign one month ago. Others, likewise, have done much better than Kasich, who would get slaughtered by Hillary Clinton once the negative ads against him begin. 85% of Republican voters are against Kasich.

Collusion is often illegal in many other industries and yet these two Washington insiders have had to revert to collusion in order to stay alive. They are mathematically dead and this act only shows, as puppets of donors and special interests, how truly weak they and their campaigns are. I have brought millions of voters into the Republican primary system and have received many millions of votes more than Cruz or Kasich. Additionally, I am far ahead of both candidates with delegates and would be receiving in excess of 60% of the vote except for the fact that there were so many candidates running against me.

Because of me, everyone now sees that the Republican primary system is totally rigged. When two candidates who have no path to victory get together to stop a candidate who is expanding the party by millions of voters, (all of whom will drop out if I am not in the race) it is yet another example of everything that is wrong in Washington and our political system. This horrible act of desperation, from two campaigns who have totally failed, makes me even more determined, for the good of the Republican Party and our country, to prevail!