Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump accuses rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich of being ''weak and pathetic'' for coordinating efforts to block him from winning the party's nomination. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump 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. "Honestly it shows such total weakness and it's pathetic," Trump said during a rally in Warwick, Rhode Island. 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. 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 favour 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. The deal was announced as a handful of mid-Atlantic states prepared for primary elections on Tuesday.