By Mark Hensch. Republican presidential candidate John Kasich on Monday said that Indiana’s voters should still back him, despite an alliance with Ted Cruz to clear the way for his presidential rival in the state’s Republican primary.
“I’ve never told them not to vote for me,” he said at a diner in Philadelphia. “They ought to vote for me.
“I’m not out there campaigning and spending resources,” Kasich added. “I’m not going to spend resources in Indiana. [Cruz is] not going to spend resources in other places.
“So what? What’s the big deal? What’s wrong with that? I’m not campaigning in Indiana, and he’s not campaigning in those other states. That’s all.”
Cruz and Kasich on late Sunday announced a joint effort aimed at keeping Donald Trump from the GOP presidential nomination (Read more from “Kasich Wants Ind. Votes Despite Cruz Pact” HERE)
Ted Cruz-John Kasich Alliance Against Donald Trump Quickly Weakens
By Alexander Burns, Matt Flegenheimer and Jonathan Martin. The temporary alliance between Senator Ted Cruz and Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, formed to deny Donald J. Trump the Republican presidential nomination, was already fraying almost to the point of irrelevance on Monday, only hours after it was announced to great fanfare.
With the pact, the two candidates agreed to cede forthcoming primary contests to each other. Mr. Kasich would, most crucially, stand down in Indiana’s primary on May 3 to give Mr. Cruz a better chance to defeat Mr. Trump there, while Mr. Cruz would leave Oregon and New Mexico to Mr. Kasich. It appeared to be a measure of last resort, but initially it seemed like a breakthrough.
Mr. Cruz trumpeted what he called the “big news” in Indiana, a state that appears pivotal to stopping Mr. Trump from winning a majority of delegates. “John Kasich has decided to pull out of Indiana to give us a head-to-head contest with Donald Trump,” he said. (Read more from “Ted Cruz-John Kasich Alliance Against Donald Trump Quickly Weakens” HERE)