Kasich and Cruz Team Up to Take Down Trump ; Kasich Cedes Indiana and Cruz Cedes Oregon and New Mexico



13 WTHR Indianapolis
INDIANAPOLIS –Gov. John Kasich and Sen. Ted Cruz have effectively teamed up in hopes of stopping Donald Trump from getting the Republican nomination for president.

Gov. Kasich announced Sunday he would suspend his campaign in Indiana in an effort to ensure Sen. Cruz defeats Trump here.

“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 strategist John Weaver said 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. We believe that will be John Kasich, who is the only candidate who can defeat Secretary Clinton and preserve our GOP majority in the Congress.”

Kasich’s campaign is shifting to focus on New Mexico and Oregon. A separate statement from the Cruz campaign confirmed the Senator has agreed to step aside and let Kasich compete one-on-one against Trump in those two states.

“Having Donald Trump at the top of the ticket in November would be a sure disaster for Republicans,” Cruz Campaign Manager Jeff Roe said. “Not only would Trump get blown out by Clinton or Sanders, but having him as our nominee would set the party back a generation.”

Both Kasich’s and Cruz’s campaigns confirmed they plan to compete as normal in all of the other remaining primaries.

It should be noted that this strategy guarantees neither Kasich nor Cruz can reach the 1,237 delegate count needed to secure the nomination heading into the convention. Trump still could hit that number, but if the strategy works and Kasich or Cruz win Indiana, New Mexico and Oregon, it will be a much tougher road for him.

Sen. Cruz continues his campaign efforts in Indiana Monday. He’ll start the day in Borden, just 30 minutes northwest of Louisville, Ky. From there, he has added a 2 p.m. stop at Zaharakos Ice Cream Shop in Columbus and 4 p.m. stop at Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza in Greenwood. He’ll end the day as scheduled with a 6:30 p.m. rally at the Johnson County Fairgrounds in Franklin.

First reported By WTHR Channel 13