Top staff from both the Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich presidential campaigns issued separate statements Sunday evening, saying they would be working in concert to prevent GOP frontrunner Donald Trump from securing enough delegates to win a first-round vote at the Republican National convention.
The Cruz campaign released a statement late Sunday saying their campaign would focus their efforts on Indiana, allowing the Kasich campaign to focus on Oregon and New Mexico.
The Kasich campaign likewise released their own statement that asserted they would focus on Oregon and New Mexico, and let Cruz focus on Indiana. The remainder of the states would be fair game for both campaigns, said the Kasich statement.
Cruz Campaign Manager Jeff Roe said on Sunday:
Having Donald Trump at the top of the ticket in November would be a sure disaster for Republicans. Not only would Trump get blown out by Clinton or Sanders, but having him as our nominee would set the party back a generation. 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. In other states holding their elections for the remainder of the primary season, our campaign will continue to compete vigorously to win.
Sen. Ted and wife Heidi Cruz will spend the day before the five state Acela primary contests — Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland, Delaware and Rhode Island — in none of them, opting instead to focus on securing votes in more favorable states Indiana and Nebraska. The Texas senator will hold four events in Indiana on Monday. Wife Heidi Cruz will hold three meet and greet events in Nebraska that day in Omaha, Fremont and Norfolk.