Earlier this week, Ted Cruz and John Kasich joined forces in an effort to block Donald Trump from becoming the Republican presidential nominee. Now Cruz is saying there is ‘no alliance’ between the two men.
‘There is no alliance. Kasich and I made a determination where to focus our energies, where to focus our assets, where to focus our resources,’ the Texas senator told reporters Friday in Indiana.
‘We made a a decision that Governor Kasich was going to pull out of Indiana,’ Cruz continued.
‘And we were going to go all-in in Indiana. The other end of that agreement was, we were not going to focus our time and resources in Oregon and New Mexico and Kasich was going go all in in those states in those states. That was an agreement of allocation of resources.’
He went on to talk about the importance of the vote in Indiana Tuesday. If Trump is able to prevail, it could put him on a path to win the nomination with an outright majority, undermining efforts by Cruz and Kasich to try to pry it away through a contested convention in Cleveland.
‘The country is depending on hoosiers right now. As a party and a nation, we’re at the edge of a cliff. We are close to going over that cliff,’ Cruz said.
He went on to say there would be dire consequences for ‘nominating a candidate who agrees with Hillary Clinton on issue after issue,’ in a reference to Trump, who he repeatedly says is a New York elite, just like Clinton.
Speaking of Kasich, Cruz said, ‘We disagree on a number of policy issues but I’ll tell you where we do agree,’ Cruz said. ‘We agree that as president would be a disaster and we agree that nominating Donald Trump elects Hillary Clinton.’
The Kasich campaign said it would ‘shift our campaign’s resources West and give the Cruz campaign a clear path in Indiana’
The pact showed signs of strain almost as soon as it was announced overnight Sunday.
On Monday, Kasich couldn’t bring himself to say people in Indiana shouldn’t vote for him.
‘I’ve never told them not to vote for me; they should vote for me,’Kasich said at a Philadelphia diner.
‘I’m not over there campaigning and spending resources. We have limited resources,’ he said. ‘Everybody chill out.’
In the initial statement announcing the pact, Cruz campaign manager Jeff Roe said: ‘To ensure that we nominate a Republican who can unify the Republican Party and win in November, our campaign 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.’
Trump slammed the pact as ‘collusion’ between the two candidates. The leading GOP presidential contender issued a scathing statement saying, ‘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!’ he said.
Cruz and Kasich announced the pact just days ago to try to prevent Trump from scooping up delegates, but they’ve minimized the deal after taking repeated hits from Trump.