Presidential campaign snapshots for Friday, April 29:
Cruz gets endorsement from Indiana governor
In a setback for Donald Trump, Indiana’s governor endorsed the front-runner’s chief rival, Ted Cruz, on Friday, just days before the state’s critical Republican primary contest.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence made his support for the Texas senator official during an afternoon radio interview, casting Cruz as “a principled conservative.”
“The man has shown the courage of his convictions,” Pence said, citing Cruz’s fight against government spending and the federal health care law, and his “strong and unwavering stand for the sanctity of life.”
Pence, who faces his own re-election test this fall, also praised Trump, who he said “has given voice to the frustration of millions of working Americans.” “I’m grateful for his voice in the national debate,” he said.
“I’m not against anybody, but I will be voting for Ted Cruz in the upcoming Republican primary,” Pence added.
Pelosi says Clinton is playing ‘experience card’
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is dismissing Donald Trump’s contention that Hillary Clinton is playing the woman’s card in her bid for the presidency.
Pelosi says in Washington that Clinton is playing the “experience card” and Trump is playing the joker.
Pelosi was the first female speaker when Democrats controlled the House. She calls the prospect of a female president a “wonderful, glorious thing” but says a gender-based argument for a presidential candidacy is not a winning message. Rather, Pelosi says, the most successful argument is capability.
Commenting on Trump’s swipe at Clinton, she says: “I don’t know what card he’s playing — the joker’s card. That doesn’t even count in a deck of cards.”
Anti-Trump protesters gather outside of hotel
Several hundred protesters opposing Donald Trump gathered Friday outside the hotel where he was scheduled to speak to Republicans, and some broke through a steel barricade and approached the venue’s entrance.
Police in riot gear stood shoulder-to-shoulder to keep demonstrators back as they were pelted with eggs. The crowd chanted anti-Trump slogans in a rowdy scene reminiscent of protests that grew out of hand following a Trump rally in Southern California the night before.
On Friday, a man wearing a Trump campaign “Make America Great Again” red hat was struck while being jostled by a group of shouting protesters.
“It went gangbusters. They attacked me,” said Chris Conway, a mortgage broker from San Mateo.
A dozen protesters linked arms to block the road in front of the hotel near San Francisco International Airport, but police had already closed it to traffic. Protesters also draped a large “Stop Hate” banner outside the hotel.
In Southern California, violent demonstrations led to 17 arrests as the Republican presidential contender brought his campaign to conservative Orange County on Thursday.
From Detroit News wire services