The Ted Cruz and John Kasich presidential campaigns released dual statements on Sunday to publicly announce that the campaigns are officially coordinating to stop New York liberal billionaire Donald Trump from becoming the Republican Party presidential nominee.
“Having Donald Trump at the top of the ticket in November would be a sure disaster for Republicans,” Cruz campaign manager Jeff Roe said today in a statement. “Not only would Trump get blown out by Clinton or Sanders, but having him as our nominee would set the party back a generation,” Roe proclaimed.
“Donald Trump doesn’t have the support of a majority of Republicans — not even close, but he currently does have almost half the delegates because he’s benefited from the existing primary system,” Kasich chief strategist John Weaver said on Sunday in a statement. “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,” Weaver openly admitted.
Despite complaining by Trump, the current GOP frontrunner, a majority of delegates are necessary to become the presidential nominee of the party, a system that has been in place since 1860. Trump currently has only a plurality of delegates.
The campaigns jointly announced that they would be laying off in states where the other candidate is expected to do well and vice versa, focusing on states where each is expected to do well.
The Cruz campaign said it would focus its resources in states like Indiana, where Cruz is in shouting distance of Trump, but would “clear the path” for Kasich to compete in Oregon and New Mexico.
Meanwhile, the John Kasich campaign announced that it was dropping out of Indiana, which would benefit Ted Cruz.
Below are the complete statements from both the Cruz and Kasich campaigns:
Indiana has been called a “must-win” for Donald Trump if he is to obtain a majority of delegates, 1,237, in order to win the nomination on the first ballot.
The latest FOX News poll shows Trump leading Cruz, 41 percent to 33 percent, respectively. However, the Club for Growth, which believes Trump has the worst economic policies of any GOP candidate, is pumping $1.5 million into ads in support of Cruz. Kasich is polling third at 16 percent.
Some have speculated that Kasich is simply acting as a spoiler in the race, perhaps to become Trump’s running mate should he win the nomination. Throwing further gasoline on that fiery rumor is the fact that Kasich’s Charlie Black and Trump’s Paul Manafort are longtime lobbyist business partners. Both Black and Manafort were hired by the respective campaigns to help the respective candidates at a contested convention. Both are veteran GOP political operatives with deep ties to the establishment.
The Cruz-Kasich strategic alliance to stop Trump should put to bed the rumors that Kasich is secretly working with the Trump campaign to stop Ted Cruz. Either that, or it’s an extremely good cover.