Cruz was expected to do well in the South going into Super Tuesday.
Hundreds of protesters “waving signs and shouting through megaphones filled the street and blocked traffic” Thursday evening prior to the debate, reports USA TODAY, “demanding attention be paid to the Flint water crisis and civil rights issues“. One tweet said, “Marco Rubio ‘loses the Buffalo Wild Wing vote’”.
Tempers escalated quickly during a two-hour Fox News Channel debate on Thursday with tensions mounting over the NY billionaire’s ascendancy and his drive to be the presumptive nominee should he win nominating contests in Florida and OH on March 15. Mitt Romney’s late-in-the-game plan to save the GOP hasn’t yet anointed a candidate to rally the Trump-hating wing of the party. Marco Rubio’s 113 and Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s 27.
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There also appears to be movement among Cruz’s colleagues in the Senate to get behind him – though none have endorsed him to date.
Despite the unusually virulent attacks from his fellow nominees, Trump was not discouraged, hitting back at the idea that he couldn’t beat Democrat frontrunner Hillary Clinton, stating “I have not started on Hillary yet, believe me”, referring to Cruz as “lying Ted” and declaring “Rubio is quite frankly not a leader”.
Rubio often has said that Trump is not a conservative because of, among other things, the mogul’s defense of the non-abortion services that Planned Parenthood provides. Trump responded to a comment from Rubio, assuring viewers that there was nothing wrong with his hands, or anything else, CNN reported.
Natasha Korecki reports from IL, where Rubio and Kasich loyalists are staging the first of what will probably be many turf battles over which candidate gets to be the main anti-Trump.
“The H-1B program is neither high-skilled nor immigration: these are temporary foreign workers, imported from overseas, for the explicit objective of substituting for American workers at lower pay”, Trump’s statement said. And Trump won by a wide margin.
With the GOP race in chaos, establishment figures frantically are looking for any way to derail Trump, perhaps at a contested convention if no candidate can get enough delegates to lock up the nomination in advance.
Cruz certainly has the money to remain competitive. But now, as Trump has risen in the GOP primaries to become the undisputed front-runner, his relationship with some of these activists, who are skeptical about his ideological moorings and offended by his vitriolic campaign rhetoric, has gone cold. And Cruz said he raised another $12 million last month. “The other three candidates experienced bursts of success, but no one enjoyed the type of standout performance necessary to garner a tremendous amount of political mileage”.
What’s more, Cruz can count on an array of outside groups that have his back. Trump, he alleged, has been “personally offending not just everyone in the race but women and minorities and the disabled”.