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Mary Matalin: Vote for Cruz, or Trump Has to Move More Right

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By    |   Friday, 04 Mar 2016 04:58 PM

There are only two choices for Republican voters at this point in the 2016 presidential race — either force front-runner Donald Trump to swing further to the right or vote for Sen. Ted Cruz, GOP political consultant Mary Matalin tells Newsmax TV.

"Make Trump adopt conservative principles — I thought his healthcare plan was about 60 percent OK — or, support Ted Cruz," Matalin said Friday on "The Steve Malzberg Show." "Those are your options and I think there's a lot of room still to do that."

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Matalin, who served as an adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney and was campaign director for President George W. Bush, said she was disappointed Trump has pulled out of a planned Saturday address at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Maryland.

Trump cited prior campaign commitments, but he had faced possible protests following a backlash from conservatives who accused CPAC organizers of being behind Trump.

"Mitt Romney won the independents [during his 2012 run] and McCain won the independents [during his 2008 run]," Matalin said.

"[Trump] cannot win without the conservatives. So if he eschews conservatives, that's bad for his candidacy and if he wins without conservatives, that's the death knell to our party.

"What I’ve laid out as options for conservatives is to corral Donald and make him understand he can't win without conservatives and he can't get conservatives without advocating, espousing conservative principles … This is a Frankenstein of our own making and what we've got to do is fix the broken parts."

The other alternative, according to Matalin: "We can pony up and get Cruz in there."

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There are only two choices for Republican voters at this point in the 2016 presidential race - either force front-runner Donald Trump to swing further to the right or vote for Sen. Ted Cruz, GOP political consultant Mary Matalin tells Newsmax TV.
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