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Republicans

Ben Carson

Despite finishing near the bottom of the Republican field in every contest so far, the retired neurosurgeon blasted calls for him to drop out of the 2016 presidential race in a Fox News opinion piece Monday.

“It seems to get nastier at every turn, as campaign flacks dressed up as journalists line up to savage candidates whose campaigns they see as a threat to their preferred politician” Carson writes. “Some have even gone so far as to question my faith, integrity or party loyalty because I won’t kowtow to their demands to step away from the primary process.” — Politico

Ted Cruz

“If Donald becomes president, who the heck knows what he would do?” Ted Cruz said separately on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “Even Donald doesn’t know what he would do.”

Cruz said, though, that he would support Trump if he were the Republican nominee for president.

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John Kasich

Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s advisers are downplaying the idea he wants a brokered GOP convention against Donald Trump. It surfaced in a New York Times story this weekend about Republican efforts to stop Trump.

Kasich senior strategist John Weaver says the campaign isn’t floating the idea. Instead, he says, the campaign plans to take Trump after March 15, when he expects Kasich to win Ohio and Republican Sen. Marco Rubio to lose his home state of Florida.

Marco Rubio

Marco Rubio is picking up Monday where he left off, dogging Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump for not disavowing Sunday a white supremacist and the Ku Klux Klan.

Rubio says Trump’s decision not to denounce the public support of former KKK leader David Duke disqualifies him from the nomination from “the party of Lincoln.”

Donald Trump

Donald Trump blamed a “lousy earpiece” and a misunderstanding for failing three times to condemn the former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke in a CNN interview that prompted outrage from other presidential candidates.

Trump said Monday in an interview on NBC’s “Today Show” that he has never met white supremacist Duke, who voiced backing for Trump on his radio program recently and praised him for “taking on the Jewish establishment.”

“I know who he is, but I never met David Duke,” Trump said. “I disavowed David Duke the day before.”

Democrats

Hillary Clinton

“What we can’t let happen is the scapegoating, the flaming, the finger pointing that is going on the Republican side,” Hillary Clinton told voters gathered in Springfield, Massachusetts. “It really undermines our fabric as a nation. So, I want to do everything I can in this campaign to set us on a different course.”

Bernie Sanders

“We can win, no question, here in Minnesota if we have the turnout,” Bernie Sanders at a rally in Minneapolis. Sanders offered a series of areas where he’s different from Clinton, including his opposition to super PACs, his vote against the Iraq war and his rejection of trade deals.

From Detroit News wire services

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