Senator Ted Cruz and Governor John Kasich have joined forces to defeat Donald Trump. Both the leaders have agreed to coordinate to block Trump from getting the 1237 delegates necessary to claim the Republican nomination.
The Senator and the Governor released statements talking about their unusual campaign plans. According to the Sunday night statements, Kasich will concentrate on New Mexico and Oregano while Cruz will campaign in Indiana.
Newsy quoted John Weaver, Kasich’s chief strategist who said, “We are very comfortable with our delegate position in Indiana already, and given the current dynamics of the primary there, we will shift our campaign’s resources west and give the Cruz campaign a clear path in Indiana.”
On the other hand, Cruz’s campaign manager Jeff Roe stated, “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.”
The campaign plan is quite contrary to Cruz’s earlier stand. Cruz used to rebuff calls from some republican leaders to share states in an effort to make things complicated for Trump, reported New York Times. Earlier Cruz had openly questioned Kasich whether he was auditioning to be Trump’s vice president. But now he has joined hands with Kasich.
Trump tweeted Sunday night, “Wow, just announced that Lyin’ Ted and Kasich are going to collude in order to keep me from getting the Republican nomination. DESPERATION!” Trump tweeted Sunday night.
Dan Scavio, Trump’s social manager commented, “Two losing politicians-mathematically eliminated from receiving the nomination-trying something NEW! They will FAIL!”
According to CNN, Kasich was trying to get Cruz on board with a divide and conquer strategy against Trump for many weeks.
Cruz is always behind Trump in the results. Initially, his strategy was to sweep the south with heavy support from evangelical voters. But he failed badly. Lately, Cruz has started focusing on delegate game.