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Cruz Spokesman: Alliance With Kasich Is About Forming a Two-Man Race

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By    |   Monday, 25 Apr 2016 10:52 AM

The alliance between Ted Cruz and John Kasich is about winnowing the race for the GOP nomination down to just two people and marks a "strategic allocation of campaign time and resources," Cruz campaign spokesman Ron Nehring said Monday.

"If we go into the convention, a contested open convention, by all accounts we are in the strongest position to be nominated with a majority of the Republican Party behind us," Nehring told Fox News' Bill Hemmer on the "America's Newsroom" program. "That's the key, getting this to a two-person contest so there is a majority behind the Republican nominee."

And while CNN reported on Monday that the Kasich campaign had in initially approached Cruz's, Nehring said he was not part of the initial talks, so he could not comment about who came up with the idea for a deal to allow Cruz to focus on Indiana while leaving Oregon and New Mexico to Kasich.

The discussions to finalize the deal came during last week's National Republican Party Committee meeting in Florida, he confirmed, while pointing out that the Cruz campaign still believes the Texas senator is in the best position to grab the nomination away from Trump should there be an open contested convention.

"By all accounts we are in the strongest position, with a majority of the Republican Party behind us," said Nehring. "That's the key, getting this to a two-person contest so there is a majority behind the Republican nominee."

Trump on Sunday issued a statement calling the Cruz-Kasich plan as an act of "desperation" from the two candidates who continue to trail him in the nation's polls and primary elections.

Overall, according to Real Clear Politics, Trump is holding a 12 point lead overall in the nation's polling, with 42 percent, followed by Cruz at 30 points and Kasich at 22 points.

But Nehring told Hemmer that the race's dynamic changed when Cruz claimed five states leading up the New York primary. Trump won overwhelmingly in that state, said Nehring, but lost in five primaries leading up to that one, and that means the race's dynamic has changed and it's now a "very different contest than when we won in Iowa."

"We have to make sure Donald Trump is not the Republican nominee because it would lead to a blowout of our party," Nehring said. "We don't want a blowout in November. That means having Ted Cruz as the nominee and this is a step in that direction."

He would not, though, admit that if the plan does not work Trump could win.

"He's only the nominee if he earns the support of the majority of the Republican Party, and he hasn't been able to demonstrate that in any state but his own," said Nehring.

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