Snapshots: Confusion on Day 1 of Cruz-Kasich alliance

The plan to stop Donald Trump is not playing well in Indiana, a state crucial to the billionaire’s prospects of winning the Republican presidential nomination.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich locked up both of his campaign offices in the state and canceled a Tuesday rally there after his team vowed Sunday night to “give the Cruz campaign a clear path” in Indiana to defeating the front-runner. But he gave no instructions to his volunteers about what to do next.

The Indiana co-chairman of Kasich’s campaign wouldn’t tell supporters to back Sen. Ted Cruz. An Indiana delegate supporting Kasich was ambivalent about backing Cruz. And Kasich himself added to the confusion when he decided to make a fresh appeal to voters.

“I’ve never told them not to vote for me,” Kasich said during a campaign stop in Philadelphia on Monday. “They ought to vote for me.”

Kasich said he simply agreed not to spend additional resources in Indiana. In exchange, Cruz won’t compete in New Mexico and Oregon. Yet, further complicating matters, Kasich still plans to attend a Tuesday afternoon fundraiser in Indianapolis.

Sanders: Female vice president ‘great idea’

Washington — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says it would be a “great idea” to have a woman as vice president.

Speaking to MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Tuesday, as the polls in five Northeastern states prepared to open, Sanders said that there are many women who would be qualified and that he would consider as running mates should he win the nomination.

“Elizabeth Warren has been a real champion,” Sanders said.

Trump, Clinton aim for primary sweeps

Philadelphia — Donald Trump is aiming for a sweep of all five Northeastern states holding primaries Tuesday, including Pennsylvania, with his rivals pinning their hopes of stopping the Republican front-runner on a fragile coordination strategy in the next rounds of voting.

For Democratic leader Hillary Clinton, wins in most of Tuesday’s contests would leave little doubt that she’ll be her party’s nominee. Rival Bernie Sanders’ team has sent mixed signals about his standing in the race, with one top adviser suggesting a tough night would push the Vermont senator to reassess his bid and another vowing to fight “all the way to the convention.”

Clinton was already looking past Sanders, barely mentioning him during recent campaign events. Instead, she deepened her attacks on Trump, casting the billionaire businessman as out of touch with Americans.

“If you want to be president of the United States, you’ve got to get familiar with the United States,” Clinton said. “Don’t just fly that big jet in and land it and go make a big speech and insult everybody you can think of.”

In addition to Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland and Rhode Island hold primaries on Tuesday. Candidates and outside groups have spent $13.9 million dollars on advertisements in the states, with Clinton and Sanders dominating the spending.

Sanders said candidly on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that his campaign is “handicapped” since the states in play Tuesday don’t allow independents to participate, but added that “we are going to fight through California and then we’ll see what happens.”