Donald Trump told Fox News on Sunday that Ted Cruz’s run for the Republican nomination is over. Trump’s conclusion came after polls revealed that Cruz was trailing by 15 points in Indiana.
“It’s over. I think it’s over now. But it’s over. Cruz cannot win. Cruz cannot win. He’s got no highway.”
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) April 28, 2016
But Cruz has no plans to give up, according to the New York Post.
“I agree that Indiana is incredibly important. Regardless of what happens in Indiana, Donald Trump is not getting to 1,237 (delegates for the nomination). No one’s getting to 1,237. We are heading to a contested convention.”
“When we arrive in Cleveland, I’m going to have a bunch of delegates. Donald is going to have a bunch of delegates. And it’s go to be a battle to see who can earn the support of a majority of the delegates elected by the people.”
It’s true that the numbers are stacking up in Trump’s favor. Trump has 996 delegates. Cruz has 565, and Kasich is trailing with 153 delegates.
Indiana offers 57 delegates.
But Cruz didn’t help his cause in the Hoosier state by calling a basketball hoop a “basketball ring.”
This gaffe led to the dubious honor of a roasting by President Obama during the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday.
“Sure, I’m the foreign one.”
Trump is calling out support in Hoosier country, banking on the endorsement of basketball coaching legend Bobby Knight.
Trump hopes a victory in Indiana on Tuesday will be a game changer. He wants to avoid Cruz’s hoped-for contested convention in July by winning the necessary delegates outright in the remaining states.
But political experts agree that it’s looking more and more like a contested convention will happen.
Perhaps in hopes of saving some face with sports lovers, Cruz switched venues to football.
“I will use a football analogy. If you’re on the 30-yard line, it’s not a touchdown. Donald right now is on the 30-yard line, and he wants everyone to say, hey, the game is over because I’m past the 50.”
In an interview with Face the Nation on Sunday, Cruz threw Boehner’s name up as a Vice Presidential hopeful for Trump’s campaign.
“I saw Boehner’s comments. I kinda wondered if Boehner was auditioning to be Donald Trump’s Vice President.”
The comments followed Boehner’s attacks on Cruz which included a comment where he referred to Cruz as, “Lucifer in the flesh.” Cruz added that the Washington insiders would appreciate the union.
“A Trump-Boehner ticket would really say the Washington cartel in all its force. One has been funding the cartel. The other has been giving into Democrats for years, which is why Boehner lost his speakership.”
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) May 1, 2016
Cruz kept hitting home the point that Trump’s current lead doesn’t mean much in terms of the big picture.
“So what? He cannot earn a majority. And what we have got to do — actually, this week illustrated something powerful, John. If you contrast the people who are standing with me, Carly Fiorina, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, on the other side, Donald Trump was proudly trumpeting the support of Mike Tyson, a convicted rapist who served three years in prison here in Indiana for rape.”
On Sunday, Cruz frustrated journalist Chuck Todd by skirting the question as to whether he would support Trump as the GOP nominee.
The Indiana primary will take place on Tuesday, May 3.
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