Monday, April 25, 2016

On their first day aligned against Donald Trump, John Kasich and Ted Cruz send mixed messages

McKEES ROCKS, Pa. – John Kasich's campaign began the week with a new lease on life.

But as the Ohio governor and Republican presidential hopeful ended his day here Monday near his boyhood home, it seemed little had changed. And there were many mixed signals about the alliance he and Ted Cruz formed to block Donald Trump's path to the nomination.

Under a pact announced late Sunday, Kasich is expected to cede Indiana's May 3 primary to Cruz. In exchange, the Texas senator is to stand down in New Mexico and Oregon.

On that much, the rival candidates have agreed.

How to describe the strategy – and how, exactly, to execute it – is an entirely different story.

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