After months and months of will they/won’t they speculation, Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and John Kasich finally announced plans to coordinate their campaign strategies to stop party front-runner Donald Trump from winning the GOP nomination.
“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,” Cruz campaign manager Jeff Roe said in a statement. “And we would hope that allies of both campaigns would follow our lead.”
The Kasich campaign followed the announcement with a statement of its own.
NEWS: Kasich campaign will marshal campaign resources to New Mexico and Oregon, allow Cruz to focus on Indiana. pic.twitter.com/auUIUX961O— Team Kasich (@TeamJohnKasich) April 25, 2016
The 11th-hour plan might reek of desperation, but it is pretty simple and straightforward – and something that anti-Trump Republican establishment and conservatives had apparently hoped for quite some time.
The Texas senator and the Ohio governor want to block the billionaire business mogul from reaching the required 1,237 delegates before the Republican National Convention in July. However, considering the fact that Trump has already acquired 845 delegates compared to Cruz’s 559 and Kasich’s 148, and holds a considerable lead in all five of the upcoming state primaries, this political alliance might be a little too late.
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The deal also highlights the importance of May 3 Indiana primary, alternatively known as the winner-take-all convention, where Cruz’s strong performance could actually pave his way towards the Republican nomination. But, since there is a possibility that this team-up might alienate Kasich and Cruz supporters, the whole thing could backfire rather spectacularly.
Meanwhile, Trump blasted the Republican White House hopefuls for scheming against him in his usual boorish fashion.
“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,” Trump said in a scathing statement. “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.”
Of course, on Twitter, where Trump often speaks for himself instead of through campaign spokespeople in statements, the candidate's reaction was a little less presidential.
Wow, just announced that Lyin' Ted and Kasich are going to collude in order to keep me from getting the Republican nomination. DESPERATION!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 25, 2016
Lyin' Ted and Kasich are mathematically dead and totally desperate. Their donors & special interest groups are not happy with them. Sad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 25, 2016
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Twitterati also had a lot to say about the new partnership.
Cruz and Kasich photo op after announcing they'll team up... pic.twitter.com/1AgqbWg8dj— Justin Robert Young (@JustinRYoung) April 25, 2016
Cruz and Kasich: We got this pic.twitter.com/RymHmK6W5p— Kim (@kim) April 25, 2016
Cruz and Kasich are pathetic. Having to tag team against a businessman to win. If they were actually good at their job they wouldn't need to— MikeRoy (@MikeRoySF) April 25, 2016
Cruz and Kasich have finally united the Republican Party, AGAINST THEM! #Patriots will never vote 4 bottom feeders who lie, cheat, n steal!— Jeremy Brant (@jbbrant1) April 25, 2016
If this happened a month ago, I feel it could have worked. - Cruz and Kasich team up in deal to stop Donald Trump https://t.co/TJxfjP9fK6— Harry (@harry_chitty) April 25, 2016
Cruz and Kasich form utterly beatable Voltron.— Gerry Duggan (@GerryDuggan) April 25, 2016
The Cruz and Kasich deal is the prove that Republicans don't really care for that democracy thing.— The Gray Jedi (@Sport_Dimension) April 25, 2016
"Cruz and Kasich" The very definition of "a day late and a dollar short.— J. Mark Soveign (@MarkSoveign) April 25, 2016