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post Mar 28 2016, 09:49 AM
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The following is an open invitation to Donald J. Trump, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Gary Johnson; the remaining main candidates for President for President of the United States of America.

I do not need to tell any of you that the Indiana primary election is barely 5 short weeks away, and in as tight of an election cycle as we are seeing, every single primary vote has major value towards the critical delegates for each of your respective conventions. Seeing as such, I would like to take this opportunity to extend an invitation to each of you to make a visit to my home town of Michigan City Indiana along your campaign route.

You might be asking yourself, Why Michigan City? Michigan City represents a large swath of our country very well. Founded in 1836, it quickly became an industrial and manufacturing hub in the Midwest. We have made everything from bicycles, to Pullman train cars, to industrial sized air compressors within our borders, and much more. Located along a prime stretch of Lake Michigan, we also have tourism opportunities that make our neighbors jealous.

Still not convinced? Ask Former President Bill Clinton about the importance of Michigan City in campaigns, as he not only campaigned here during his run for President in 1996, but he also appeared here in 2008 on behalf of campaign for Hillary Clinton.

Senator Robert Kennedy also campaigned here in 1968 during his run for the White House.

Ask Vice President Joe Biden about Michigan City, as his son maintains a residence next door in Long Beach Indiana, and the VP visits our town quite often for pleasure.

Ask Supreme Justice John Roberts about moving to the area in the 4th grade and growing up here.

Michigan City also represents diversity beyond its generations. Not only do we a peaceful balance of many different ethnic and religious groups within our borders, but specifically we have large middle eastern and Islamic populations, such as a major Syrian population which started as people migrated here looking for work in our factories, and make amazing contributions to our City.

Being less than a hours drive from the city of Chicago, Michigan City not only represents traditional Midwestern suburbanite values, but also an understanding of 21st century urban issues, such as the need to push people out of the cycles of poverty, and into higher levels of educational achievement. We have seen many of the same Rust Belt issues that have plagued much of our region of the United States, as many of the historical jobs have left for greener pastures, never to return. We have been hampered by higher than average unemployment, and a workforce mismatched to the new modern workplace. We have seen historic local businesses replaced by the corporate chains like much the rest of this country.

On behalf of my hometown, I would love to see you visit Michigan City and tell us what your Presidency would mean to us, and why we should personally vote for you as our 45th President of the United States. While we can all follow your campaigns, nothing will tell us like having you here for a visit.
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Then California governor Ronald Reagan spoke here when he ran against and lost to Gerald Ford in 1976.

Eleanor Roosevelt also came here in the 50s and spoke at the Sinai Sunday Forum.
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Several men seeking their party's presidential nomination have come to Michigan City. One of them, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, also was to be felled by an assassin - in California, six weeks after he spoke before a huge weekday-afternoon throng in front of the Superior Courthouse in Michigan City in 1968. Sen. Eugene McCarthy, also a seeker of the Democratic presidential nomination in 1968, made a campaign visit to Michigan City. He also was a speaker here on another occasion. Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey (later vice-president under Lyndon B. Johnson) came to Michigan City twice, although not during his campaigns for the presidential nomination or the presidency. Sen. Edmund S. Muskie was here two times - once when he was a presidential nomination aspirant in 1972. And in 1976, former California Gov. Ronald Reagan spoke in Michigan City prior to his Indiana primary contest with President Ford. He was accompanied by film star James Stewart. In 1912, Woodrow Wilson made a campaign stop in Michigan City during his successful campaign for the Presidency.

Geez, I didn't know dat. Lots of other MC tidbits here too:

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“I believe we need a candidate that is likable, and I believe we need a candidate that is electable. And at this point, I have not seen any evidence for a general election that Donald Trump is electable,” said Kyle Babcock, a veteran Indiana GOP insider who’s on the 3rd Congressional District delegate slate

Several delegate candidates said they’re even likely to support an effort to draft their former governor, Mitch Daniels, as an alternative candidate before giving Trump a look.

“I am supporting the Draft Mitch Daniels for President at the convention,” said Nick Barbknecht, a candidate for alternate from the state’s 2nd District, who is also the district GOP vice chairman. Dunn and John agreed that they’d support a Daniels candidacy if it emerged
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QUOTE(Southsider2k12 @ Mar 28 2016, 10:49 AM) *

The following is an open invitation to Donald J. Trump, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Gary Johnson; the remaining main candidates for President for President of the United States of America.

I do not need to tell any of you that the Indiana primary election is barely 5 short weeks away, and in as tight of an election cycle as we are seeing, every single primary vote has major value towards the critical delegates for each of your respective conventions. Seeing as such, I would like to take this opportunity to extend an invitation to each of you to make a visit to my home town of Michigan City Indiana along your campaign route.

You might be asking yourself, Why Michigan City? Michigan City represents a large swath of our country very well. Founded in 1836, it quickly became an industrial and manufacturing hub in the Midwest. We have made everything from bicycles, to Pullman train cars, to industrial sized air compressors within our borders, and much more. Located along a prime stretch of Lake Michigan, we also have tourism opportunities that make our neighbors jealous.

Still not convinced? Ask Former President Bill Clinton about the importance of Michigan City in campaigns, as he not only campaigned here during his run for President in 1996, but he also appeared here in 2008 on behalf of campaign for Hillary Clinton.

Senator Robert Kennedy also campaigned here in 1968 during his run for the White House.

Ask Vice President Joe Biden about Michigan City, as his son maintains a residence next door in Long Beach Indiana, and the VP visits our town quite often for pleasure.

Ask Supreme Justice John Roberts about moving to the area in the 4th grade and growing up here.

Michigan City also represents diversity beyond its generations. Not only do we a peaceful balance of many different ethnic and religious groups within our borders, but specifically we have large middle eastern and Islamic populations, such as a major Syrian population which started as people migrated here looking for work in our factories, and make amazing contributions to our City.

Being less than a hours drive from the city of Chicago, Michigan City not only represents traditional Midwestern suburbanite values, but also an understanding of 21st century urban issues, such as the need to push people out of the cycles of poverty, and into higher levels of educational achievement. We have seen many of the same Rust Belt issues that have plagued much of our region of the United States, as many of the historical jobs have left for greener pastures, never to return. We have been hampered by higher than average unemployment, and a workforce mismatched to the new modern workplace. We have seen historic local businesses replaced by the corporate chains like much the rest of this country.

On behalf of my hometown, I would love to see you visit Michigan City and tell us what your Presidency would mean to us, and why we should personally vote for you as our 45th President of the United States. While we can all follow your campaigns, nothing will tell us like having you here for a visit.



This election cycle is the greatest test of our democracy in history. Truly, we will find out the true nature of what it means to "elect" someone in the US of A and quite frankly I could not be more proud. (I know, counter intuitive, but that's how I think.) Why? Let's look at both sides.

Donald Trump has completely and utterly shaken up the entire election process and for his efforts he is being systemically "raped" (look it up, it means to spoil) by his own party leaders not only out of DC but many states. See Trump massacred in GA, SC and WY this weekend by Politico. Whatever you think of Donald Trump (personally I like him, professional as president I'm not so sure, but heck why not!), he got many people who would never have gone to the polls - and I mean never. These are totally disenfranchised people who have had it, and actually got out from behind their Fox TV sets and went to vote for him. They are angry, conjured up by the immigration policy (look but don't tell, essentially), fed up with do-nothing congress, knowing the whole process is, in fact, rigged. but until now, no one really knew what that meant - but its coming. Those hundreds of thousands (I don't say millions b/c I suspect many others voted for Trump as a protest vote - more later - and still others generally like the guy and his rhetoric) are likely to follow Mr. Trump far and wide and I'm genuinely happy for them. Enjoy the days in your sun/son.

Before all that, Trump faced mountains of money against him - not Mount Baldy mountains, Everest mountains - and defeated it. These moneyed folks have so much to burn they don't really care - many of them still standing up for Rubio, Jeb et al. - establishment types are the very thing the Trump crew loathe - talk about the 1% - good grief! But to me, this is great - loads of Citizen United dough paying off an insolent and goof ball media that talk about horse races and avoid tough discussions, and the one-man one-vote crushed them to dust. I am proud of the people who voted for Trump - he spoke to them and they responded - that is democracy folks! He doesn't care about the media, party bosses, Congress or basically anyone in his way - a direct reflection of 94% of American people today. He just wants to win - not settle - WIN - a concept that I fear has been lost. Every kid does not get a trophy or a ribbon; no, you don't do better by granting "rights" to certain groups; no, compassionate does not equal welfare. It's all killing us. Trump has this point spot on.

For the record, the author does not like Trump's stance on women's right to privacy (which he caved on - too bad - could have made a Ross Perot move there and I think his zealots would have given him a pass, but not the Cruz-Kalish crew, which I think he mistakenly thinks he can win over); Russia (Putin is a mad man and corrupt to the nth degree); Bergdahl (internal Army issue, he should lay off and not dis our armed forces as none of them should); military build up (like Rand Paul said - you can't be fiscally conservative and not touch the military budget and yes I think we have and have had the best military on the planet by far but we have values that may not apply in todays warring world - re: Syria - Russia just bombed the s%^$ out of 'em, we stayed out - I like our side) . The author is with Trump on immigration (buy me my lot of bricks - I'll be there!), ACA fix (quite true on breaking the state borders, just let everyone compete - truly American concept); ending DOS projects and NATO (it's enough already) and taxation (yes to killing carry trade and other Wall Street abuses).

Now the other side. Sen. Sanders got millions of people to contribute $27/each and told all political professionals to not run attack ads. He continues to push the 99% v 1% message. That's the Bern alright! Bernie is a grandpa that we all love not only for his kookiness but also for his moxy. He has drawn hundreds of thousands of young people to the process through his messages about free education and raiding wall street to pay for it (a great idea in my opinion and yes the numbers do work Madam Secretary, at least in the first year; after that, when HFT, carry interest and cap gains revenues fall due to the weaker fraudsters bugging off, yeah, it could be lower or collapse - but then again, they said ACA would kill the economy and draw the budget into severe red - not true 3 years in). The other Berners are the professional protester crew and true American liberals/socialists. These folks are angry, too, and also right headed with the right message on policy, yet the media has ignored it all (their audience is corporate America and Madison avenue, not you and me). Bernie is outdrawing everyone right now and the media doesn't interrupt their broadcast to show you this (like they did Trump)- b/c they already anointed Madam Secretary and Trump sells more soap. Liberal media indeed - LOL. Bernie's vow to carry on to the convention is well received and he will and I'm happy for his followers.

Bernie also has mountains of money against him. Mrs. Clinton inherited her husband's fundraising apparatus which is incredibly deep - like the ocean really. She hasn't really spent much, doesn't do op research for the most part, and her Super Pac runs on auto pilot from her husbands days. Madam Secretary's Goldman Sachs connections are about as deep as they get (Rubin, et al) - and no I don't think she should release those docs b/c they belong to GS. If GS wants to release them, let them. I haven't heard that argument, but they own it - not her (I have done some consulting in my time). Bernie also gives the finger to the establishment, the media and corporate America which is as refreshing as when Trump does it - I love it. Bernie believes that wealth re-distribution should favor the young, old, working poor and disenfranchised at the expense of the 1% ... spot on.

For the record, the author does not approve of Bernie's increased government spending in SS (reforming the disability clause is key); education (all education is local and should be under local control); immigration (absolutely no citizenship for river, desert and airport turn-style jumpers). I do like universal health care (folks, there are now 3 insurance companies left - it's going that way anyway); either way on guns; yes, there is global climate problems; and yes, the basis of USA's balance budget under Clinton (not Kasich!) was the 39.5% upper bracket, capital gains taxed as regular income and a variety of other measures that got us there.

So, how will I vote in May? Interesting question, which I was not supposed to answer as I am an independent voter for most of my born days. Indiana is an open primary state (actually quite progressive as I see it), so yeah, I will turn up at a local church to push a button. But I have asked my school aged son about his vote, and since his mom is a legal immigrant, you can imagine which button is going to be pushed. I am not actually terribly interested to vote in this one nationally, but terribly interested in my fellow Indianans and how they will go. I just hope they go - everyone of them. I will vote in all state and local elections - my son can press for Pres.

November is far more interesting. For me, Trump v Clinton - easy one. Trump v Sanders? Far more difficult. Sanders v GOP White Knight - another easy one. Clinton v GOP White Knight ?- worst of all worlds.

Without Trump, the Dems will walk away with the office commandingly (and maybe the senate too). Why? Defeating Trump at convention will disenfranchise those voters even more, and they won't come back - perhaps ever. It will make all of us sick b/c we will know the truth - the system really is rigged. I am not entirely sure all those Perot folks stuck around, or splintered. (My father had a united we stand bumper sticker on his car, then voted Dem a bunch after; my mom went anti-abortion and voted for the GOP only to be disappointed time and again - it was the 70s all over again for them.) Ditto if Bernie actually wins.

But I am afraid Madam Secretary has the votes (40-50 million from Hubby, Al and Barry to be received). Contrary to GOP, the Bern folks will hold their noses collectively and vote for Hillary and push like heck for some of his issues for payback (which Dems like GOP are famous for). That's the vote counting the guys in DC are doing right now - and the GOP is miserable.

Ignore all the media nonsense, read about the issues on candidate websites and pick your candidate -
VOTE INDIANA!
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QUOTE(Mike D @ Apr 18 2016, 12:50 PM) *

This election cycle is the greatest test of our democracy in history. Truly, we will find out the true nature of what it means to "elect" someone in the US of A and quite frankly I could not be more proud. (I know, counter intuitive, but that's how I think.) Why? Let's look at both sides.

Donald Trump has completely and utterly shaken up the entire election process and for his efforts he is being systemically "raped" (look it up, it means to spoil) by his own party leaders not only out of DC but many states. See Trump massacred in GA, SC and WY this weekend by Politico. Whatever you think of Donald Trump (personally I like him, professional as president I'm not so sure, but heck why not!), he got many people who would never have gone to the polls - and I mean never. These are totally disenfranchised people who have had it, and actually got out from behind their Fox TV sets and went to vote for him. They are angry, conjured up by the immigration policy (look but don't tell, essentially), fed up with do-nothing congress, knowing the whole process is, in fact, rigged. but until now, no one really knew what that meant - but its coming. Those hundreds of thousands (I don't say millions b/c I suspect many others voted for Trump as a protest vote - more later - and still others generally like the guy and his rhetoric) are likely to follow Mr. Trump far and wide and I'm genuinely happy for them. Enjoy the days in your sun/son.

Before all that, Trump faced mountains of money against him - not Mount Baldy mountains, Everest mountains - and defeated it. These moneyed folks have so much to burn they don't really care - many of them still standing up for Rubio, Jeb et al. - establishment types are the very thing the Trump crew loathe - talk about the 1% - good grief! But to me, this is great - loads of Citizen United dough paying off an insolent and goof ball media that talk about horse races and avoid tough discussions, and the one-man one-vote crushed them to dust. I am proud of the people who voted for Trump - he spoke to them and they responded - that is democracy folks! He doesn't care about the media, party bosses, Congress or basically anyone in his way - a direct reflection of 94% of American people today. He just wants to win - not settle - WIN - a concept that I fear has been lost. Every kid does not get a trophy or a ribbon; no, you don't do better by granting "rights" to certain groups; no, compassionate does not equal welfare. It's all killing us. Trump has this point spot on.

For the record, the author does not like Trump's stance on women's right to privacy (which he caved on - too bad - could have made a Ross Perot move there and I think his zealots would have given him a pass, but not the Cruz-Kalish crew, which I think he mistakenly thinks he can win over); Russia (Putin is a mad man and corrupt to the nth degree); Bergdahl (internal Army issue, he should lay off and not dis our armed forces as none of them should); military build up (like Rand Paul said - you can't be fiscally conservative and not touch the military budget and yes I think we have and have had the best military on the planet by far but we have values that may not apply in todays warring world - re: Syria - Russia just bombed the s%^$ out of 'em, we stayed out - I like our side) . The author is with Trump on immigration (buy me my lot of bricks - I'll be there!), ACA fix (quite true on breaking the state borders, just let everyone compete - truly American concept); ending DOS projects and NATO (it's enough already) and taxation (yes to killing carry trade and other Wall Street abuses).

Now the other side. Sen. Sanders got millions of people to contribute $27/each and told all political professionals to not run attack ads. He continues to push the 99% v 1% message. That's the Bern alright! Bernie is a grandpa that we all love not only for his kookiness but also for his moxy. He has drawn hundreds of thousands of young people to the process through his messages about free education and raiding wall street to pay for it (a great idea in my opinion and yes the numbers do work Madam Secretary, at least in the first year; after that, when HFT, carry interest and cap gains revenues fall due to the weaker fraudsters bugging off, yeah, it could be lower or collapse - but then again, they said ACA would kill the economy and draw the budget into severe red - not true 3 years in). The other Berners are the professional protester crew and true American liberals/socialists. These folks are angry, too, and also right headed with the right message on policy, yet the media has ignored it all (their audience is corporate America and Madison avenue, not you and me). Bernie is outdrawing everyone right now and the media doesn't interrupt their broadcast to show you this (like they did Trump)- b/c they already anointed Madam Secretary and Trump sells more soap. Liberal media indeed - LOL. Bernie's vow to carry on to the convention is well received and he will and I'm happy for his followers.

Bernie also has mountains of money against him. Mrs. Clinton inherited her husband's fundraising apparatus which is incredibly deep - like the ocean really. She hasn't really spent much, doesn't do op research for the most part, and her Super Pac runs on auto pilot from her husbands days. Madam Secretary's Goldman Sachs connections are about as deep as they get (Rubin, et al) - and no I don't think she should release those docs b/c they belong to GS. If GS wants to release them, let them. I haven't heard that argument, but they own it - not her (I have done some consulting in my time). Bernie also gives the finger to the establishment, the media and corporate America which is as refreshing as when Trump does it - I love it. Bernie believes that wealth re-distribution should favor the young, old, working poor and disenfranchised at the expense of the 1% ... spot on.

For the record, the author does not approve of Bernie's increased government spending in SS (reforming the disability clause is key); education (all education is local and should be under local control); immigration (absolutely no citizenship for river, desert and airport turn-style jumpers). I do like universal health care (folks, there are now 3 insurance companies left - it's going that way anyway); either way on guns; yes, there is global climate problems; and yes, the basis of USA's balance budget under Clinton (not Kasich!) was the 39.5% upper bracket, capital gains taxed as regular income and a variety of other measures that got us there.

So, how will I vote in May? Interesting question, which I was not supposed to answer as I am an independent voter for most of my born days. Indiana is an open primary state (actually quite progressive as I see it), so yeah, I will turn up at a local church to push a button. But I have asked my school aged son about his vote, and since his mom is a legal immigrant, you can imagine which button is going to be pushed. I am not actually terribly interested to vote in this one nationally, but terribly interested in my fellow Indianans and how they will go. I just hope they go - everyone of them. I will vote in all state and local elections - my son can press for Pres.

November is far more interesting. For me, Trump v Clinton - easy one. Trump v Sanders? Far more difficult. Sanders v GOP White Knight - another easy one. Clinton v GOP White Knight ?- worst of all worlds.

Without Trump, the Dems will walk away with the office commandingly (and maybe the senate too). Why? Defeating Trump at convention will disenfranchise those voters even more, and they won't come back - perhaps ever. It will make all of us sick b/c we will know the truth - the system really is rigged. I am not entirely sure all those Perot folks stuck around, or splintered. (My father had a united we stand bumper sticker on his car, then voted Dem a bunch after; my mom went anti-abortion and voted for the GOP only to be disappointed time and again - it was the 70s all over again for them.) Ditto if Bernie actually wins.

But I am afraid Madam Secretary has the votes (40-50 million from Hubby, Al and Barry to be received). Contrary to GOP, the Bern folks will hold their noses collectively and vote for Hillary and push like heck for some of his issues for payback (which Dems like GOP are famous for). That's the vote counting the guys in DC are doing right now - and the GOP is miserable.

Ignore all the media nonsense, read about the issues on candidate websites and pick your candidate -
VOTE INDIANA!



Two things from last night:

It is said that Secretary Clinton's speeches to GS are her property and she has an NDA with GS. I don't know - that would not be unusual in the consulting field. It looks like she's got it both ways there. Her excuses for not releasing are non-sense, but the media will buy it b/c they are lazy. But many have reported on what was said - essentially re-directing the blame for the financial crisis away from fraudulent bank practices and government bailout. Do you own investigating but you'll find she is the status quo.

The other point was that Indiana is now clearly in the game. Each pundit had a hard time picking a winner here - why? One said "no polling data". I had to laugh.

Indiana is the best state in the Union and that is in spite of some pretty silly moves by our present government. Everyone please vote and make your voices heard - we Indianans usually get it right.
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Everyone please vote and make your voices heard - we Indianans usually get it right.

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Cruz and Kasich team up to STOP TRUMP

By KATIE GLUECK and KYLE CHENEY 04/24/16

Ted Cruz and John Kasich have begun coordinating their campaign strategy to stop Donald Trump, an abrupt alliance announced Sunday night that includes Kasich quitting his efforts in Indiana and Cruz clearing a path for the Ohio governor in Oregon and New Mexico.

“To ensure that we nominate a Republican who can unify the Republican Party and win in November, our campaign will focus its time and resources in Indiana and in turn clear the path for Gov. Kasich to compete in Oregon and New Mexico, and we would hope that allies of both campaigns would follow our lead,” Cruz campaign manager Jeff Roe said in a statement.

Trump fired back late Sunday on Twitter, writing, “Wow, just announced that Lyin’ Ted and Kasich are going to collude in order to keep me from getting the Republican nomination. DESPERATION!”

He added, for good measure: “Lyin’ Ted and Kasich are mathematically dead and totally desperate. Their donors & special interest groups are not happy with them. Sad!”

Trump followed up early Monday morning with a lengthier statement released by his campaign, calling out both rivals for reverting to "collusion" to stop him.

"When two candidates who have no path to victory get together to stop a candidate who is expanding the party by millions of voters, (all of whom will drop out if I am not in the race) it is yet another example of everything that is wrong in Washington and our political system," he said. "This horrible act of desperation, from two campaigns who have totally failed, makes me even more determined, for the good of the Republican Party and our country, to prevail!"

The new Cruz-Kasich pact is an acknowledgment that neither man can overtake Trump in the race, and both know their best shot at preventing Trump from clinching the nomination outright is to team up to block his path and force a contested convention. And it may still be too late: Trump is closing in on the number of delegates he needs to win the nomination.

The deal also highlights the urgency the anti-Trump forces feel in Indiana, where a strong Cruz performance in the May 3 primary could deny the Manhattan billionaire 57 of the delegates he needs to reach a majority before the Republican National Convention convenes in July. For now, Trump leads in the RealClearPolitics average of Indiana polls by 6.3 percentage points. Cruz is competing hard, however, and supportive super PACs had plans to spend more than $1 million there in an ad buy that included an anti-Kasich spot.

The move allows Kasich to focus on two smaller-market states where his limited campaign cash might have greater impact than it would in Indiana. Kasich ended March with barely more than $1 million on hand.

But it puts Indiana’s handful of pro-Kasich delegates in an awkward spot: defending a decision to back a candidate who is intentionally forfeiting their state. Kasich’s field offices in Indiana are expected to shutter this week, and he canceled his remaning events there.

Tom John, one of those pro-Kasich delegates and a local GOP leader in Indiana, said he has no qualms supporting Kasich at a contested convention despite the strategy shift. “This strikes me as a choice made based on the limited campaign time, and so it made sense for both campaigns to do this,” he said. “Who I support is still about the best Republican option for the fall election.”

Previously, the Cruz campaign had largely refused to acknowledge the Ohio governor’s presence in the race except to dismiss him as a spoiler, and had insisted that only a two-man race between Cruz and Trump would halt the real estate mogul’s momentum.

“Who?” Roe replied last week, when asked by reporters about Kasich.

The Cruz campaign had also previously planned to compete in those states, especially in New Mexico, with a memo from the campaign last month saying data showed that Cruz could win a majority of that state’s delegates.

Also Sunday, Kasich chief strategist John Weaver announced, “We will shift our campaign’s resources West and give the Cruz campaign a clear path in Indiana.”

“In turn, we will focus our time and resources in New Mexico and Oregon, both areas that are structurally similar to the Northeast politically, where Gov. Kasich is performing well,” Weaver wrote. “We would expect independent third-party groups to do the same and honor the commitments made by the Cruz and Kasich campaigns.”

Cruz is well ahead of Kasich in the delegate count, but both currently lag well behind Trump and have acknowledged that at this point their best shot at beating him would come at a contested convention.

“Our goal is to have an open convention in Cleveland, where we are confident a candidate capable of uniting the party and winning in November will emerge as the nominee,” Weaver said in the statement.
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Cruz and Kasich team up to STOP TRUMP

By KATIE GLUECK and KYLE CHENEY 04/24/16

Ted Cruz and John Kasich have begun coordinating their campaign strategy to stop Donald Trump, an abrupt alliance announced Sunday night that includes Kasich quitting his efforts in Indiana and Cruz clearing a path for the Ohio governor in Oregon and New Mexico.

“To ensure that we nominate a Republican who can unify the Republican Party and win in November, our campaign will focus its time and resources in Indiana and in turn clear the path for Gov. Kasich to compete in Oregon and New Mexico, and we would hope that allies of both campaigns would follow our lead,” Cruz campaign manager Jeff Roe said in a statement.

Trump fired back late Sunday on Twitter, writing, “Wow, just announced that Lyin’ Ted and Kasich are going to collude in order to keep me from getting the Republican nomination. DESPERATION!”

He added, for good measure: “Lyin’ Ted and Kasich are mathematically dead and totally desperate. Their donors & special interest groups are not happy with them. Sad!”

Trump followed up early Monday morning with a lengthier statement released by his campaign, calling out both rivals for reverting to "collusion" to stop him.

"When two candidates who have no path to victory get together to stop a candidate who is expanding the party by millions of voters, (all of whom will drop out if I am not in the race) it is yet another example of everything that is wrong in Washington and our political system," he said. "This horrible act of desperation, from two campaigns who have totally failed, makes me even more determined, for the good of the Republican Party and our country, to prevail!"

The new Cruz-Kasich pact is an acknowledgment that neither man can overtake Trump in the race, and both know their best shot at preventing Trump from clinching the nomination outright is to team up to block his path and force a contested convention. And it may still be too late: Trump is closing in on the number of delegates he needs to win the nomination.

The deal also highlights the urgency the anti-Trump forces feel in Indiana, where a strong Cruz performance in the May 3 primary could deny the Manhattan billionaire 57 of the delegates he needs to reach a majority before the Republican National Convention convenes in July. For now, Trump leads in the RealClearPolitics average of Indiana polls by 6.3 percentage points. Cruz is competing hard, however, and supportive super PACs had plans to spend more than $1 million there in an ad buy that included an anti-Kasich spot.

The move allows Kasich to focus on two smaller-market states where his limited campaign cash might have greater impact than it would in Indiana. Kasich ended March with barely more than $1 million on hand.

But it puts Indiana’s handful of pro-Kasich delegates in an awkward spot: defending a decision to back a candidate who is intentionally forfeiting their state. Kasich’s field offices in Indiana are expected to shutter this week, and he canceled his remaning events there.

Tom John, one of those pro-Kasich delegates and a local GOP leader in Indiana, said he has no qualms supporting Kasich at a contested convention despite the strategy shift. “This strikes me as a choice made based on the limited campaign time, and so it made sense for both campaigns to do this,” he said. “Who I support is still about the best Republican option for the fall election.”

Previously, the Cruz campaign had largely refused to acknowledge the Ohio governor’s presence in the race except to dismiss him as a spoiler, and had insisted that only a two-man race between Cruz and Trump would halt the real estate mogul’s momentum.

“Who?” Roe replied last week, when asked by reporters about Kasich.

The Cruz campaign had also previously planned to compete in those states, especially in New Mexico, with a memo from the campaign last month saying data showed that Cruz could win a majority of that state’s delegates.

Also Sunday, Kasich chief strategist John Weaver announced, “We will shift our campaign’s resources West and give the Cruz campaign a clear path in Indiana.”

“In turn, we will focus our time and resources in New Mexico and Oregon, both areas that are structurally similar to the Northeast politically, where Gov. Kasich is performing well,” Weaver wrote. “We would expect independent third-party groups to do the same and honor the commitments made by the Cruz and Kasich campaigns.”

Cruz is well ahead of Kasich in the delegate count, but both currently lag well behind Trump and have acknowledged that at this point their best shot at beating him would come at a contested convention.

“Our goal is to have an open convention in Cleveland, where we are confident a candidate capable of uniting the party and winning in November will emerge as the nominee,” Weaver said in the statement.



More theater of the absurd. "Rigged, Mr. Trump?" - um...yeah.

Do they know that this narrative plays right into Trump's hands - even he seems surprised by their foolishness and predictability.

Just wanted to let you know about polling data in Indiana. the state outlaws robo calls which the low level political operatives use with impunity to be regurgitated by the lazy press. But not in Indiana - yay us!

So that leaves Michigan City's own Brian Howey - LOL. Wonder what he thinks about his dad's paper now? Howey teams up with academia (like DePauw, et al.) and tries to get both parties to make calls, canvass and go to regular local party chapter meetings. YouGov, the partner of CBS, uses the latest in high tech on line stuff, either through membership or putting tablets in front of people's faces in downtown indy or other populous spots. Fox does it the old fashion way using both democratic and republican state operatives (i.e., research firms - in this case Anderson Robbins and Shaw & Co). The field data was actually tabulated by a third party. Fox used the voter rolls and got the phone numbers and made calls to "likely voters". Real clear politics is the aggregator see Real Clear Politics Latest results with Indiana numbers.

Two take-aways:

1. Trump will walk in Indiana now. Cruz will win the evangelicals - not a small number in Indiana, but probably not enough unless people don't vote. The primary numbers are terrible here - maybe 20% will come out. more come out, they will be voting for Trump. Open primary also means there will be democratic and independent walk over votes for Trump, even though he may lose those in November. can't imagine Cruz getting any of these. Hope all of those protest voters registered.

2. Howey will make some money here, but other news outlets won't make as much. Trump doesn't really need to spend money here - especially up north. With Kasich bowing out, no Cruz v Kasich money. The Stop Trump money will filter in, but probably a waste (which they might recognize and save for ultra expensive California). Since the state went to Obama, not sure Hillary needs to do much either.

Nice to see Indiana in the news in positive light. How about a 50% turnout Indiana?!? VOTE !!!
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Cruz adds Indiana campaign stops following deal with Kasich

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INDIANAPOLIS — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is stepping up his campaign in central and southern Indiana today after striking a historic deal with Ohio Gov. John Kasich to be the Hoosier face of the "Stop Trump" movement.

In addition to a previously planned morning rally in Borden and evening rally in Franklin, Cruz is meeting voters Monday afternoon at a Columbus ice cream parlor and a Greenwood pizza shop.

The visits are part of a targeted effort to pick up the three Republican convention delegates awarded to the person with the most votes in each of Indiana's nine congressional districts. The statewide winner gets 30 of Indiana's 57 GOP delegates.

Last night, Kasich and Cruz announced the Ohio governor would not campaign in Indiana in hopes of Cruz winning enough Hoosier delegates to halt Donald Trump's path to a first-ballot nomination at the Republican National Convention.

"It's good for Indiana, it's good for the country to have a clear and direct choice," Cruz said. "If Donald Trump is the nominee, then Hillary Clinton wins and Indiana's coal industry is bankrupt."

Cruz, likewise, is stepping aside from upcoming primaries in Oregon and New Mexico for Kasich to lead the Trump opposition.

"Donald Trump doesn't have the support of a majority of Republicans — not even close, but he currently does have almost half the delegates because he's benefited from the existing primary system," said John Weaver, Kasich's chief strategist.

"Our goal is to have an open convention in Cleveland, where we are confident a candidate capable of uniting the party and winning in November will emerge as the nominee."

The Republican national convention is July 18-21 in Cleveland.

Polls released Friday show Trump leading Cruz by 5 to 8 percent in Indiana, with Kasich claiming about 20 percent of the Hoosier GOP electorate.

If all Kasich voters switch to Cruz, the Texas senator potentially could outpoll Trump and claim the lion's share of the state's delegates when Hoosiers vote May 3.

Trump condemned the Cruz-Kasich deal as a "totally desperate" move by two candidates who are "mathematically dead."

"Lyin' Ted Cruz and 1-for-38 Kasich are unable to beat me on their own, so they have to team up (collusion) in a two-on-one. Shows weakness!" Trump tweeted.

Neither Cruz nor Trump has so far announced plans to campaign in Northwest Indiana, though Cruz's father, Pastor Rafael Cruz, spoke Sunday night at Living Stones Church in Crown Point.

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By BRIANNA GURCIULLO 04/25/16 03:51 PM EDT

It looks like Donald Trump got what he wanted — former Indiana Hoosiers coach Bobby Knight will be hitting the road with him on Wednesday.

Trump in recent days has been talking up the idea that the famously hot-headed coach would back him, saying on Saturday that his endorsement would be a big get.

“Tough, strong, smart. I would like to get that for Indiana, I’ll tell you what. To me, that would be a great endorsement," he said over the weekend, adding on Monday in Rhode Island that he hoped to win his support.

Meanwhile, Knight, who is known for once throwing a chair during a game, has been talking up Trump for months, including when he was on speakerphone with Trump while a New York Times reporter was in the room. ‘‘No one has accomplished more than Mr. Trump has,’’ Knight said in the article that was published last October.

During an event for IU rival Purdue University earlier this year, Knight also said, "I damn sure don’t want to be listening to Hillary for the next four years.”

Knight joins a colorful cast of sports-related characters who have backed the real estate mogul — Mike Ditka, Mike Tyson and Hulk Hogan have come out in support.

The renowned coach's endorsement comes ahead of the Indiana primary on May 3.
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Why Indiana matters like no other state

Tony Cook, Chelsea Schneider and Brian Eason,

Indiana is now the center of the political universe.

For the next week, the state's May 3 primary stands alone on the calendar, making it a magnet for presidential candidates.

But the importance of Indiana's nominating contest goes well beyond its place on the schedule. It has emerged as a must-win state for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Republicans trying to block front-runner Donald Trump from locking up the nomination. And it is one of Democrat Bernie Sanders' dwindling opportunities to stand in the way of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's march toward the nomination.

Trump and Clinton enter Indiana with strong momentum and are increasingly prepping for a potential fall campaign against each other after building on their sizable delegate leads in Tuesday night's primaries. Trump scored widely anticipated wins Tuesday in five Northeastern states: Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, Delaware and Rhode Island. On the Democratic side, Clinton won four of those states, while Sanders picked up Rhode Island.

Even before those primaries ended, Indiana was bombarded with candidate visits and presidential campaign commercials. Cruz has been barnstorming the state for a full week. Trump is scheduled to hold a second rally Wednesday at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Clinton toured factories in Northern Indiana on Tuesday. And Sanders has rallies planned Wednesday at Purdue and Indiana universities.

Hoosier voters aren't accustomed to so much attention. Usually, the nominees are already determined by the time the contest comes here.

"Indiana has transitioned from a state that doesn’t matter to a state that will matter more than any other in determining the winner of the Republican contest between now and June 7," said David Wasserman, an election analyst with the nonpartisan Cook Political Report in Washington, D.C. "Five states voted Tuesday, but there’s five times as much drama in Indiana."

If you need evidence, just switch on the television. Candidates and outside groups have already blasted Indiana with more than $5.5 million in television ads, according to SMG Delta/NBC News. That's more than in Connecticut, Maryland, Delaware and Rhode Island combined.

The activity reflects the wide-open nature of Indiana's contest. The state represents a return to the industrial Midwest, where results in other states have been mixed for Trump and Clinton. Indiana also has a large number of evangelical Christians, a group that has helped propel Cruz to victory in some states. Public polling here — which has been scant — shows Cruz within striking distance of Trump and Clinton and Sanders in a dead heat.

The stakes are especially high on the Republican side, where 57 delegates are up for grabs. Those delegates could play a key role in determining whether Trump, the billionaire real estate developer and reality TV star, can reach the required 1,237 delegates he needs to secure the nomination and avoid a contested Republican National Contention in Cleveland this summer.

"The national attention has been heating up and it will become white hot by the time we get to May 3," said John Hammond, Indiana's Republican National Committeeman. "We are at the pivot point of American politics. The stakes couldn’t be higher, and it appears and the campaigns have put all their chips on the line in Indiana."

At a campaign rally at Hoosier Gym in Knightstown — where the movie "Hoosiers" was filmed — Cruz said Trump's success in Tuesday's primaries underscored the importance of Indiana in the battle for the GOP nomination.

"Donald Trump is likely to win some states, and the media is going to have heart palpitations this evening," Cruz said to about a thousand supporters. "Tonight, this campaign moves back to more favorable terrain. Tonight, this campaign moves to Indiana."

Indiana will serve as a testing ground for an unusual noncompete agreement that Cruz struck with the trailing candidate on the Republican side, Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Kasich agreed not to campaign in Indiana, while Cruz said he will avoid campaigning in Oregon and New Mexico. The two men are hoping the arrangement will consolidate the anti-Trump vote.

Trump has blasted the arrangement, calling it desperate. He is due back at the State Fairgrounds on Wednesday, where he is expected to appear with IU basketball coaching legend Bobby Knight. He will also tape a town hall with Fox News' "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren" at Hilbert Circle Theatre on Monument Circle.

Haley Barbour, a former Republican National Committee chairman, said both Trump and Cruz have much at stake in Indiana.

"If Trump loses, it could shift the momentum," he said. "If Trump wins, then he makes a case that he could win all over the country, even in a two-man race, and that would be very beneficial to him as he prepares for the West Coast primaries. So both sides have a lot to gain."

The Democratic primary is somewhat less consequential. Most analysts see a clear path for Clinton, who toured two manufacturing facilities in Northern Indiana on Tuesday, while her husband, former President Bill Clinton, campaigned in Indianapolis.

But Sanders, the self-described Democratic socialist, has shown remarkable resilience, especially with younger voters. He should see them Wednesday during his visits to West Lafayette and Bloomington.

The last time Indiana came close to mattering so much was during the Republican presidential contest 40 years ago, when Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford battled all the way to the 1976 convention.

Frank Donatelli, a Republican campaign consultant, was an organizer with Reagan's campaign in Indiana.

"I didn’t think in the era of the mass primary, with conventions pre-arranged, that we would be looking at something like this again," he said. "(Indiana) is one of two remaining sates where all three candidates feel like they have a chance to do well, if not win."

The result is a political atmosphere traditionally associated with the early primary and caucus states.

"Now," he said, "you know what Iowa and New Hampshire are like."
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TED CRUZ EXPECTED TO MAKE 'MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT' TODAY

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016 09:17AM

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz said he will be making a big announcement today in Indiana, but did not offer any details.

Cruz is expected to make the formal announcement at 4 p.m. ET at a campaign event in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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Ted Cruz expected to name Carly Fiorina as his running mate

Ben Jacobs in Indianapolis

The move to unveil a No 2 without clinching the nomination would be nearly unprecedented, last made by Ronald Reagan during his ill-fated 1976 campaign

Ted Cruz is expected to unveil former business executive Carly Fiorina as his running mate on Wednesday. Speaking at a rally in downtown Indianapolis, the Texas senator will likely announce that he has tapped his former rival for the Republican nomination in an attempt to beat frontrunner Donald Trump.

A top Cruz finance member tweeted that the move was coming as Fiorina was sighted in Indianapolis and multiple outlets reported that Cruz would pick her as his running mate.
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In Indiana, the Deal to Stop Trump May Be Backfiring

The alliance between Cruz and Kasich looks to some Hoosiers like insider politics. And some won't pull the lever for Cruz.

Michael Bender

The silence in the parking lot of the Hamilton County fairgrounds is pierced only by a few songbirds, the ringing echo of a halyard slapping against a flagpole, and the gravel crunching beneath the footsteps of John Kasich’s frustrated supporters.

A stream of voters arrived at the suburban Indianapolis fairgrounds on Tuesday to see the Republican presidential candidate, unaware the event had been canceled. They hadn’t heard that Kasich scotched the appearance and ceded the state to Ted Cruz, calculating that the Texas senator had the best chance here of slowing down Donald Trump and saving his resources for other states.

Much like the men and women at the fairgrounds, the voters of Indiana don’t seem to be on board with the imperatives of the political moment. The race here is shaping up to be a last stand not just for Cruz, but also for the “stop Trump” movement, an unlikely confederation of activists and party donors. But, from members of the donor class in Indianapolis unwilling to back Cruz to blue-collar voters in Elkhart outraged by the collaboration, the movement is not coalescing, and is even backfiring.

“People who were supporting Kasich have been coming into the office to pick up Trump signs,” said Laura Campbell, Republican chairwoman of Hamilton County, whose residents earn more money than anyone else in the state. “People are not happy here with that alliance.”

Cruz, trailing in the polls, has a week to change minds before Indiana’s primary on May 3. He’s been campaigning in the state for several days, and on Wednesday announced Carly Fiorina, the former chief executive officer for Hewlett Packard, as his running mate. The move was aimed at injecting some energy and interest in the race at a crucial moment. It may also help Cruz later in California, where Fiorina won the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate in 2010. She lost to Barbara Boxer, a Democrat, in the general election.

Even though Kasich is a popular two-term governor in neighboring Ohio, it’s Cruz who has won most Midwestern states. Those victories included a come-from-behind win in Wisconsin earlier this month that, at least temporarily, boosted his campaign. But that victory serves as the high-water mark for Cruz, who has trailed Trump since the second contest of the nomination race in February.

Cruz ignored questions during a campaign stop in Indianapolis on Wednesday about whether Indiana is a must-win for him. But the stakes couldn’t be higher. Trump has scored some of the biggest victories of the campaign during the past two weeks, while his standing in national polls has improved. A victory in Indiana could bolster Cruz as he heads towards California's primary June 7, where there are enough delegates at stake to ensure the party’s first contested convention in 40 years.

“Indiana now has the chance to speak, not only for Hoosiers across the state, but for the people across this country,” Cruz told reporters outside Sisters’ Pancake House. “Indiana has a chance to make a decision that is going to impact the Republican Party, that is going to impact the country.”


In Northern Indiana, home to many of the working-class, white voters who have turned out in droves for Trump, Thomas Adkison visited the New York businessman’s campaign headquarters in Fort Wayne. The retired semi driver wanted a “Veterans For Trump” sign to put in the window of his car, and Trump yard signs.

“You understand how mad I am when I see all these factories closing?” Adkison asked in an interview outside the Trump office. “I want an outsider. I don’t want these here establishment people that are in there.''

Trump mentions—every chance he can—the loss of manufacturing jobs in Indiana, especially United Technologies Electronic Controls Inc., and its subsidiary Carrier Corp., moving heating and air conditioning assembly operations to Mexico. The move eliminated 2,100 jobs in Indianapolis and Huntington.

The loss of manufacturing jobs in Indiana's economy mirrors the nation's, and makes Trump's tough talk about rewriting trade deals and promise to “make America great again” appealing, said Ball State economist Michael Hicks.

While the state added 1.4 million net jobs between 1969 and 2014, the percentage in manufacturing declined to 14 percent from 33 percent, he said. Manufacturing output has actually risen to record levels because of increased productivity, even as there are fewer workers required who are paid less than their fathers and grandfathers, Hicks said.

Northern Indiana, with a mix of Democrats backed by labor unions, Republicans, and self-described independents such as Adkison, shows that trend. While unemployment in Elkhart has fallen from almost 20 percent during the recession to less than 5 percent, there are now many fewer jobs that pay what the Studebaker factory in nearby South Bend and other old-line manufacturing jobs did, Hicks said. Older, middle-class Hoosiers with a high school diploma who once were able to raise a family, send kids to college and get a new car every three or four years now find themselves working in jobs paying $15 an hour or replaced entirely by younger, less-costly workers, Hicks said.

“Donald Trump's likely to do very well here simply because the feeling about the economy matches his narrative, even though the data do not,” Hicks said.

Trump's campaign said that the deal between Kasich and Cruz, with its whiff of insider politics, will only help their cause. “Don't pass the smell test,” Rex Early, a former Indiana Republican Party chairman and Trump's Indiana chairman, said in a telephone interview.

“This backroom double-dealing thing that they put on now, that is going to hurt Cruz,” Early said. “Hoosiers like fair.”

Even some Cruz supporters in Indiana aren't happy about the arrangement. Tim Douglass, 30, a social worker from South Bend, said he initially supported Trump because he liked the idea of an outsider. He switched to Cruz when the billionaire failed to provide specifics, but Douglass doesn't agree with the effort to block Trump.

“I don’t like the teaming up,” Douglass said while standing in line on Tuesday for a $1 pretzel at the opening of a Ben's Soft Pretzels store downtown. “You should play to win, not play to stop someone else.”

Craig Dunn, the Indiana Republican Party's 4th District chairman and a delegate who is supporting Kasich, termed the race a “jump ball” between Cruz's appeal to religious and social conservatives and Trump's economic and populist appeal. He called the pact between Kasich and Cruz a “political mistake” that was unnecessary.

“I just don't know if there'll be enough Kasich people that will say they're going to participate in this strategy,” Dunn said. “And probably the ones who do will be somewhat cancelled out by others that say, ‘Gee whiz, Indiana's not important enough for him to do it, so I'm going to do Trump.’”

As rain drizzled Tuesday over Indianapolis, residents competed on a temporary obstacle course that had been set up for the popular TV show American Ninja Warrior. Under green and purple stage lights, men and woman alike repeatedly fell from a swinging rope and splashed into a pool of water. Others tumbled from a rolling log, unable to keep their balance, as the crowd groaned after every collapse.

Inside a private club next to the set, Kasich spoke about his own dismay.

Some of them are surely disappointed—he was a little disappointed too, Kasich told donors about his pact with Cruz, according to two sources inside the meeting. After all, he lives in Ohio. He's their neighbor, he told them.

The Ohio governor canceled his rally earlier in the day, but kept his fundraiser at the Columbia Club, a historic club in the heart of downtown. Kasich also spoke there with Indiana Governor Mike Pence, a Republican who has met with all three of the finalists for his party’s nomination.

When this proposition came along, Kasich told donors about the deal with Cruz, his team recommended that he do this. There’s a chance it might work, he said. Kasich's campaign declined to comment about what was said at the meeting.

It was hardly a ringing endorsement. And his supporters left the meeting less than enthusiastic about Cruz; in interviews with 10 donors who attended the meeting, just one planned to switch his or her vote to Cruz.

“It’s what has to be done to stop Trump, who is completely reckless and unfit for public office,” said David Carr, a labor attorney and former Zionsville councilman. “Indiana could be the turning point.”

If the Cruz-Kasich plan could be pulled off anywhere in Indiana, it’s the urban center and so-called “donut counties” around Indianapolis. There are more moderate Republicans in that part of the state, and the idea of strategic voting shouldn’t be so foreign in the heart of state government and politics.

And like their counterparts in Milwaukee who helped deliver Cruz a resounding victory in Wisconsin, many Republican voters in the Indianapolis area are on their second and third choice for president.

But unlike their neighbors just north on the shores of Lake Michigan, there is little help so far for Cruz in Indiana. While Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker enthusiastically endorsed the Texas senator, Pence has remained neutral, saying only that he’ll back the party’s eventual nominee. Former Governor Mitch Daniels has eschewed the type of social policies that Cruz backs.

“I cannot bring myself to vote for either Ted Cruz or Donald Trump—I just can’t do it,” said John Mutz, a former Indiana lieutenant governor. “So, even though I understand the strategy, I’m going to vote for John Kasich.”

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Gov. Pence expected to endorse Cruz

By KATIE GLUECK 04/29/16

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is expected to endorse Ted Cruz on Friday, a source confirmed.

The endorsement is a coup for the Texas senator, who is struggling to overtake Trump in Indiana’s contest next Tuesday, which has emerged as a must-win for him. And it’s a blow to Donald Trump, who had also met with the Indiana governor.

Public polls show Cruz trailing Trump in Indiana, a state where he is campaigning aggressively. His team saw Indiana as similar to Wisconsin, another Midwestern state Cruz won big earlier this month—but unlike Wisconsin, top Republican leaders in Indiana have been slower to get on board. Pence’s expected endorsement could help move the dial in his favor.
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CRUZ'S EVANGELIST FATHER RE-EMERGES IN INDIANA

Christian vote looms large in 'last-hope' primary

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JEROME R. CORSI

NEW YORK – After negative reporting of his religious views, the Christian evangelist father of Ted Cruz has returned to the campaign trail in an effort to win evangelical voters in Indiana, whose primary Tuesday is regarded by many as the Texas senator’s last hope to keep his bid for the Republican presidential nomination alive.

While the national media largely has been silent about Rafael Cruz’s re-emergence, local reporters in Indiana have covered his various appearances.

WSBT-TV in Mishawaka, Indiana, reported Rafael Cruz created “a lot of excitement” by showing up as a guest of Indiana Republican Gov. Mike Pence at a Wednesday night fish fry dinner of Kosciusko County Republicans.

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On April 8, the Courier-Times in New Castle, Indiana, reported Rafael Cruz stopped by a local restaurant for an event that opened with a prayer from pastor Randy Gross and the singing of “God Bless America” by Christy Stutzman, the wife of Marlin Stutzman, a candidate for the Indiana state Senate.

Andrea Yaeter, reporting for the Courier-Times, noted Rafael Cruz discussed several “hot-button issues in the Republican party including education, gay marriage, abortion, states’ rights and the Supreme Court.”

Rafael Cruz said Washington didn’t need someone who was willing to buy out people to get things done, referring to his son’s Republican rival, Donald Trump.

“We do not need a deal-maker in Washington,” Rafael Cruz said.

“We need a statesman that will stand on the Constitution, on the rule of law, on limited government, on separation of powers, on making sure that justices that are nominated are faithful to the Constitution and are not going to legislate from the bench,” he continued. “Now, I’m biased; I’m convinced that man is Ted Cruz.”

At one point in his speech, Yaeter noted, Rafael Cruz discussed the four different ways for Christians to decide who to vote for in an election, stressing that to vet a candidate, the voter must look at the candidate’s record, whether he is an able man, a man of truth and if he hates covetousness.

The organizer of the event, Andrew Phipps, a national radio minister, urged the more than 10 pastors from around central Indiana in attendance to endorse Cruz for president, as Phipps suggested he had already done.

BeliefNet.com notes the importance of religion in Indiana, with 31 percent of the population reported to be white evangelicals.

Religious roots

On March 10, Rafael Cruz’s background in the Pentecostal movement –about one in four U.S. Christians identify as Pentecostal, according to surveys – was featured in a story in the East Orlando Post by Jacob Engels.

Titled “Ted Cruz: Closet Pentecostal,” it examined Rafael Cruz’s beliefs, reporting his apparent embrace of a theology known as Dominionism or Christian Reconstructionism, which calls for the laws of the nation to be aligned with biblical laws.

The next day, Matt Drudge linked the Engels article at the top of his Drudge Report, spotlighting a video in which well known television evangelist Kenneth Copeland states from the pulpit his belief that Ted Cruz is “anointed to be the next president of the United States.”

The video later shows Rafael Cruz surrounded by people praying for him. The Drudge headline read at one point: “‘Ted is the anointed one’/Holy Ghost video revealed/Dad speaking in tongues/Supporters ‘lay hands’ on Cruz at rally.”

The practice of speaking in tongues is familiar to the hundreds of millions worldwide who are part of Pentecostal churches and the interdenominational and independent charismatic movements.

An article by Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze.com said it wasn’t clear whether or not the video showed Rafael Cruz speaking in tongues.

“While it is clear that Rafael Cruz is moving his lips and likely quietly praying during Pearson’s invocation, it is not definitively clear that he is speaking in tongues, as some have alleged,” Hallowell wrote. “It should be noted that it is common practice for evangelical Christians to pray to themselves while others pray aloud, thus such an occurrence wouldn’t be a rarity.”

‘Evangelical spirituality center stage’

The Chronicle-Tribune in Marion, Indiana ran an article April 3 authored by Rev. Kyle Huckins, Ph.D., titled “Cruz putting evangelical spirituality center stage in White House race.”

“Ted Cruz’s campaign for president is spirited in more ways than one. Not only is he flinging epithets Donald Trump’s way in their war on wives, he’s able to clear any hurdle through Christian quips,” Huckins wrote.

Huckins cited Cruz quoting scripture:

“While Americans will continue to suffer under a president who has set an agenda that is causing millions to hurt across this country, I want to remind you of the promise of Scripture: ‘Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning,’” Cruz said in quoting Psalm 30:5 on caucus night in Iowa, where he became the first Hispanic in U.S. history to win a statewide presidential contest.

Huckins also cited Cruz discussing how the Bible “speaks to him” in everyday life:

“I am blessed to receive a word from God every day in receiving the Scriptures. … God speaks through the Bible,” [Ted Cruz] explains. He is a solid supporter of Israel, strongly opposes abortion and same-sex marriage and generally toes the social conservative line.

Huckins noted Cruz was the first presidential candidate in the race, choosing Liberty University, the world’s largest evangelical Christian school, as the site of his announcement.

“God’s blessing has been on America from the very beginning of this nation, and I believe God isn’t done with America yet,” Cruz said.

The Chronicle-Tribune reported April 8 that Rafael Cruz made one of the Cruz campaign’s first unofficial stops in Indiana that Wednesday evening, visiting the Victory Christian Fellowship in downtown North Manchester.

“If you vote according to the word of God, there’s only one candidate you can vote for; it’s that clear,” Rafael Cruz told the crowd of about 100.

According to the Chronicle-Tribune, Rafael Cruz often referred to the role he believes Christians could play in the 2016 election: “We need to stop playing from inside these four walls and take it out into the marketplace.”

Rafael Cruz also made repeated calls for pastors and other influential Christians not to shy away from politics and to endorse his son, urging them to “stand for righteousness” when they vote.

The newspaper reported Rafael Cruz insisting Christians have stepped back in recent years from the electoral power that they’ve held for decades.

He said the 2015 Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage and a host of other “ultraliberal” events have “awaking the sleeping giant” of evangelicals and other Christian conservatives.

“More and more pastors and Christians in general are saying, ‘Enough is enough’ and are beginning to become involved in the political arena,” Rafael Cruz said.

The Chronicle-Tribune reported Rafael Cruz received a standing ovation when he told the crowd to “stop electing the village idiot” and made numerous jabs against Republican front-runner Donald Trump’s statements on greed and abortion.

“Make sure that instead of voting tradition, you vote conviction,” Rafael Cruz said. “That instead of being swayed by emotionalism, or hot air, or empty words, you look at the record and you vote for the candidates that stand on the principles of the word of God, on the principles of the Constitution.”

The newspaper noted that Rafael Cruz stated multiple times he believes the Constitution is based heavily on the Bible.

On April 19, the Journal Review in Crawfordsville, Indiana, reported Rafael Cruz held a private “meet and greet” with approximately 20 local business leaders, faith leaders and students at the Joshua Tree coffee shop.

According to the newspaper report, Raphael Cruz explained why he believes his son would make the best president and outlined some of the senator’s platform, including his stances on issues of faith, life, religious libertiy and the Second Amendment.

Retired teacher Susie Locker told the Journal Review Rafael Cruz “talked about the strong Christian person that [Sen. Ted Cruz] is and how we knows so much about the Constitution.”

“And that’s what our country’s based on,” she said.
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Indianapolis Star's editorial board SLAMS TRUMP

By HANNA TRUDO 04/28/16

Donald Trump would be “a danger to the United States and to the world” if elected president, according to Indiana’s largest newspaper, The Indianapolis Star.

In an editorial published on Thursday, the newspaper widely condemned the Republican front-runner’s “simplistic proposals,” arguing he is unfit to occupy the Oval Office.

“Trump has demonstrated repeatedly during the months-long campaign that he is wholly unsuited to serve as president,” the editorial states. “He’s offered simplistic proposals on national security, job creation, immigration, international trade and foreign affairs. He has sounded off with appalling comments about women and others. He’s appealed to voters’ worst instincts by trying to pit racial and ethnic groups against one another. He’s responded when challenged with reasonable questions from political opponents and from journalists with insults and diatribes that fall far outside the bounds of decent political discourse,” it continues.

Trump is leading polls in the state, set to vote on May 3, with a Real Clear Politics polling average of 39.3 percent among Republican voters, followed by Ted Cruz and John Kasich, who total 33 percent and 19.3 percent support respectively.

The daily newspaper provided another option for Indiana voters: Electing Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who “offers the best choice for voters in the Republican primaries,” the editorial board wrote, without formally endorsing the governor. “Kasich built a solid record as a member of Congress and has led well as Ohio’s chief executive.”

If Indiana residents heard more from Kasich, the editorial continues, their opinions might be swayed.

Kasich formally said he will not "spend resources" in the state ahead of its primary as part of an alliance with Cruz, though he sent mixed messages after telling supporters, "I've never told them not to vote for me." He also made a trip to Indianapolis earlier in the week to fundraise.
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