Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz defends his alliance with rival John Kasich in an attempt to block front-runner Donald Trump from winning the party's nomination, saying it's a deal that ''makes sense.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz says he's not surprised front-runner Donald Trump is whining over Cruz's alliance with rival John Kasich. Speaking to reporters before a rally in Borden, Indiana, Cruz defended the deal saying it "makes sense." Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Monday accused rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich of desperate collusion for coordinating efforts in three upcoming state primary elections to block him from winning the party's nomination. The real estate mogul and reality television personality responded to the unusual tactic by saying it was "sad" that the two fellow Republicans had to team up to try to defeat him. "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," Trump said in a statement. The Cruz and Kasich campaigns on Sunday night announced a deal to concentrate their efforts and resources in state contests where each has a better shot. Cruz will focus on beating Trump in Indiana's May 3 primary without competition from Kasich, while Cruz will stand aside in favor of Kasich in Oregon's May 17 primary and New Mexico's June 7 contest. Cruz, a U.S. senator from Texas, and Kasich, Ohio's governor, hope their efforts will weaken Trump in those states and keep him from securing the 1,237 delegates he needs to claim the nomination before the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July.