Presidential campaign snapshots for Monday, April 25
Fiorina considered for Cruz’s VP slot
A top Ted Cruz aide says the campaign has identified a “short list” of possible vice presidential candidates. A spokeswoman for Carly Fiorina swiftly confirmed that the former business executive is among those being considered for the running mate slot.
Campaign manager Jeff Roe says on Twitter that Cruz’s team is going through the “normal processes” for picking a running mate. He did not identify others on the short list.
Fiorina dropped out of the Republican primary earlier this year and endorsed Cruz. The Weekly Standard first reported that she was being vetted as a possible vice president.
Cruz mathematically has no chance of getting the 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the GOP nomination. Instead, he’s trying to block front-runner Donald Trump from crossing the delegate threshold and push the Republican race to a contested convention.
Campaign chief vows Vermont senator to stay in race
Bernie Sanders’ campaign chief is vowing his candidate will stay in the Democratic race until the summer convention even as Hillary Clinton looks to lock down her commanding position for the party’s nomination with a strong performance in a five-state round of contests Tuesday.
Clinton has the chance of a clean sweep or at least multiple victories Tuesday that would probably foreclose Sanders’ already narrow path to the nomination. But the Vermont senator’s campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, said the millions of dollars flowing to Sanders and the boisterous rallies show that his “supporters will stand with us all the way to the end.”
Asked whether he expects a contested national Democratic convention, Weaver told reporters in Connecticut, “Absolutely, 100 percent.” Weaver said: “This is a powerful movement he’s built and we’re going to take it to the convention.”
Both Democrats spent the day before the Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island contests campaigning on the East Coast.
Trump upset over Cruz and Kasich deal
Donald Trump is railing against a deal reached by rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich to divvy up a series of upcoming contests to maximize their chances of halting Trump’s march to the GOP nomination.
“It’s collusion,” Trump says of the deal, speaking at a rally in Rhode Island. Trump says that, “if you collude in business or if you collude in the stock market, they put you in jail. But in politics, because it’s a rigged system, because it’s a corrupt enterprise, in politics you’re allowed to collude.” But Trump says he’s actually OK with the decision because it demonstrates his rivals’ weakness.
“It shows how weak they are. It shows how pathetic they are,” he says.
From Detroit News wire services