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Tense Protests Outside Donald Trump's California Speech Site


ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(SAN FRANCISCO) -- A growing group of protesters have gathered outside of a California event venue where Donald Trump is expected to speak Friday afternoon.The street outside of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Burlingame where Trump is going to address the California GOP Convention near San Francisco was already closed in advance of the event.There were an estimated 250 to 300 protesters gathered outside from a collection of different groups, including Code Pink and Black Lives Matter as well as supporters of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.Some protesters were seen holding the Mexican flag and others were wearing costumes.A group of protesters knocked down a barrier near the front of the hotel and about 50 people got close to the entrance but did not get inside. Police then formed a line to hold them back which appeared to work for the time being.Trump will likely not see any of the protests; his motorcade drove near a back entrance and then he was seen walking along with his Secret Service protection walking across a grassy space between the road and the hotel before entering the building.A man wearing a suit and a "Make America Great Again" hat was seen walking near a group of protesters, some of whom were seen hitting the man, who was believed to be a supporter of the Republican front-runner.Some of the posters held by protesters criticized Trump's immigration policy.Other than the above incident, Friday's protests are said to be largely peaceful, which comes in contrast to the protests that were held near a Trump event in Los Angeles last night. More than a dozen arrests were made Thursday night and some protesters were seen damaging police cars.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

'Lucifer in the Flesh': Ted Cruz's Popularity Problem


ABC News(NEW YORK) --  The list of people who have openly admitted to disliking Sen. Ted Cruz appears to grow by the day.The harder list to create is one of people who openly admit to liking Cruz. Apart from Carly Fiorina, whom Cruz announced as his vice president should he become the nominee, most of Cruz's high-profile endorsements have been tepid.South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham supported Cruz by throwing him a fundraiser in March and calling Cruz "the best alternative to Donald Trump."Just weeks earlier, Graham had said that Cruz was so unpopular in the Senate that "if you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody would convict you."South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who previously endorsed and campaigned for Marco Rubio before he dropped out, also gave a similar statement of support for Cruz, saying in March that "my hope and my prayer is that Sen. Cruz can come through this and that he can really get to where he needs to go."But when asked if she would formally endorse him, however, she said, "I don't know that that part matters."One of Cruz’s biggest supporters has been his onetime rival, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Walker regularly campaigned with Cruz ahead of his state’s primary, which Cruz went on to win.A number of other politicians, including members of Congress and several governors, have also endorsed Cruz.Celebrities are generally a go-to in the world of endorsements, and that remains true for Cruz.Cruz has received one no-holds-barred endorsement from actor James Woods..@SenTedCruz and I just spoke for 40 minutes by phone about our love of this country. This man is the real deal. I'm all in! #TedCruz #tcot— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) November 23, 2015His other Hollywood supporter was Caitlyn Jenner, but that relationship may have soured recently in response to Cruz's support for laws restricting transgender individuals from using certain bathrooms.Earlier this week, Jenner posted a video of herself walking into a Trump hotel in New York and using the ladies room. When she comes out of the bathroom in the video, Jenner thanks Trump and says, "by the way Ted, nobody got molested," referencing what he said could happen if transgender women are allowed to use ladies rooms."We shouldn't be facilitating putting little girls alone in a bathroom w/ grown men. That's just a bad, bad, bad idea," Cruz tweeted earlier this month.We shouldn't be facilitating putting little girls alone in a bathroom w/ grown men. That's just a bad, bad, bad idea https://t.co/fpj3vUjKuF— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 21, 2016Jenner has not publicly stated whether or not she is still supporting Cruz.For his part, Cruz continually deflects any negative remarks.During an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" in March, he was asked about his unpopularity, with Graham's comments cited as one example."When you stand up to Washington, they don't like it," Cruz said in response.And after former Speaker John Boehner called Cruz "Lucifer in the flesh" and a "miserable son of a b----" on Wednesday, Cruz brushed off the remarks as sour grapes."The reason Boehner hates me is because conservatives in the House trust me and listen to me," Cruz said Thursday. "And we rose up together and said a radical proposition, 'Let us do what we said we’d do.' And that cost Boehner his speakership, that conservatives wanted us actually to do what we said we’d do."Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Indiana Governor Mike Pence Endorses Ted Cruz


ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announced Friday that he will be voting for Sen. Ted Cruz in the state's upcoming primary.The endorsement comes just four days before the state holds its primary.During a campaign stop in Indiana Friday morning before Pence's announcement, Cruz praised Pence calling him "an optimistic, positive, unifying force" as well as "a strong leader" and "an extraordinary governor.""I have tremendous respect for Gov. Mike Pence. He has been an incredible leader for the state of Indiana. He has really demonstrated that when you cut taxes when you reduce regulations, that jobs follow," Cruz said.Pence's coveted endorsement was clearly something that Cruz's rival Donald Trump was hoping to win. The Republican front-runner posted a tweet on April 20 showing him and Chris Christie meeting with Pence.Pence also met with Gov. John Kasich this Tuesday when the Ohio Governor was in the state, Kasich spokeswoman Emmalee Kalmbach told ABC News.Had a meeting with the terrific @GovPenceIN of Indiana. So excited to campaign in his wonderful state! pic.twitter.com/73uCyV6ql4— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2016Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence to Endorse Ted Cruz


ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will announce his endorsement of Sen. Ted Cruz at noon Friday, according to a source familiar with his plans.The endorsement comes just four days before the state holds its primary.Pence's coveted endorsement was clearly something that Cruz's rival Donald Trump was hoping to win. The Republican front-runner posted a tweet on April 20 showing him and Chris Christie meeting with Pence.Had a meeting with the terrific @GovPenceIN of Indiana. So excited to campaign in his wonderful state! pic.twitter.com/73uCyV6ql4— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2016Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

What Bernie Sanders' New Stump Speech Says About His Campaign


ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Bernie Sanders hit the campaign trail with renewed vigor Thursday -- and a new speech.The Vermont senator returned to the West Coast for rally in Eugene, Oregon, Thursday and debuted new remarks, which were likely a preview of what is to come as he continues on the campaign trail, but faces the reality that his path to nomination has all but closed.In the last few weeks, Sanders’ has vowed to do two things: Campaign against any Republican candidate, and try to amass as many delegates as possible to carry his message to the Democratic convention in July and influence the party’s platform. Speaking to a large crowd of over 8,000 people minutes from the University of Oregon’s campus, Sanders zeroed in on these two goals, offering sharp critiques of both parties.First he lambasted Republicans. “If you take a hard look at the Republican agenda, it is hard to imagine anybody voting for that agenda,” he said. He criticized the GOP for wanting to give tax breaks to millionaires by repealing the estate tax, neglecting the uninsured by pushing to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and abandoning the elderly for voting to cut Medicare and Social Security. From campaign finance to climate change, Sanders threw fire across the aisle.“I think we are reaching the day when you are going to have members of Congress with patches on their jackets -- sponsored by the Koch bothers, sponsored by Exxon Mobile,” he said.Then, Sanders turned his aggression on the Democratic Party itself, a party he has only officially called himself a member of for the purposes of this campaign. He blamed low voter turnout across the country on ambiguous platforms from Democrats.“The Democratic Party has to reach a fundamental conclusion: Are we on the side of working people or big money interests?” he said. “Do we stand with the elderly, the children, the sick and the poor or Wall Street speculators and the drug companies and the insurance companies?"“The Democratic Party, up to now, has not been clear about which side they are on, on the major issues facing this country,” he continued. “You cannot be on the side of those workers who have lost their jobs, because of disastrous trade agreements, and support those corporations who have thrown millions of our workers out on the street.”Beyond pushing specific progressive policy platforms, Sanders brought up more strategic and mechanical issues he believes the party should tackle. He spoke about automatic voter registration, open primaries, and a fifty-state strategy, and accused the party of turning its back on particularly poor states in the South.“We need to plant a flag of progressive politics in every state of this country,” he concluded, telling the large crowd that its job was to revitalize American democracy.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

The Obamas Prove They're Ready for the Invictus Games


Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- With the Invictus Games just around the corner, President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama showed Prince Harry they’re not messing around.In a short video message on Twitter, the two called out Prince Harry, letting him know they’re ready for anything.“Careful what you wish for,” President Obama warns.Hey, @KensingtonRoyal! Are you ready for @InvictusOrlando? Game on. pic.twitter.com/S34KrEv5Is— The First Lady (@FLOTUS) April 29, 2016In response, Prince Harry proved he can handle the playful trash talk.Wow @FLOTUS and @POTUS, some @weareinvictus fighting talk there! You can dish it out, but can you take it? - H.— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 29, 2016But can we expect more from the prince?.@FLOTUS @POTUS How on Earth am I going to top that? ? - H— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 29, 2016The Invictus Games, an international sporting event started by the prince for wounded, injured and sick service personnel, will be held in Orlando, Florida May 8-12.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Everything You Need to Know About the White House Correspondents' Dinner


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- They call it “nerd prom.”The annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner (WHCD) is one of Washington’s hottest tickets. It’s a night where journalists rub shoulders with Hollywood celebrities, athletes and administrators.The star-studded event is hosted by the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA), the organization that represents the White House press corps.This is President Obama’s eighth and final WHCD. Here is everything you need -- and wanted to know -- about Saturday's big event.HistoryThe first dinner was held in 1921 at the Arlington Hotel according to the WHCA, and there were 50 men in attendance. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge became the first presidential attendee. Since then, every president has attended the dinner at least once during his term in office.The dinner barred guests of color until the 1950s, and women were not allowed to attend until 1962, according to the WHCA. Helen Thomas, the first female White House reporter, threatened to start a boycott against the dinner until the rules changed. Pressure tactics against President John F. Kennedy worked; Kennedy agreed and WHCA capitulated.In its nearly 100-year history, the dinner has only been cancelled three times, according to a History Channel report: in 1930 following the death of former President William Howard Taft; in 1942 after the country entered World War II; and in 1951 because of the Korean War.In the 1980s, the dinner saw the beginning of its transformation from a night of Washington insiders to a full-blown celebrity affair. It is now customary for media outlets to give tickets to industry elites and Hollywood stars alike.TraditionsPerhaps the most well-known of the dinner’s traditions is the comedy routine. The president delivers the initial, joke-filled speech, followed by the keynote roast by a famous comedian. Recent headliners have included Cecily Strong, Jimmy Kimmel and Jay Leno.However, it wasn’t until comedian Mark Russell headlined in 1983 that comedy became the cornerstone of the evening. In its first half century, the evening's entertainment was musical performances, movies and variety shows. Stars like Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Irving Berlin have all graced the stage.The dinner also serves to honor young and veteran journalists alike with scholarships and awards. The proceeds from the lofty ticket prices for the event go toward funding these accolades.The 2016 White House Correspondents’ DinnerComedian Larry Wilmore will headline Obama’s last WHCD. Wilmore is the host of Comedy Central’s "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.”"Larry's edgy, even provocative, brand of humor means he's certainly up to the task of skewering politicians of all ideological stripes, and we don't expect the nation's news media to escape unscathed, either," said Carol Lee, White House correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and president of the association.Tickets to the dinner -- which are only available for purchase by WHCA members -- cost $300 per person or $3,000 per table this year.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Hillary Clinton Offers 'Woman Card' to Supporters After Trump's Insults


ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump recently accused Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton of using the “woman card” to get elected."I think the only card she has is the women's card," Trump said in New York earlier this week. "She has got nothing else going.”Now Hillary Clinton is firing back again by dealing her supporters a literal 'Woman's Card' on her website.Trump went on to argue, “Frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don't think she would get 5 percent of the vote. ... And the beautiful thing is, women don't like her."Clinton responded to the GOP front-runner in a speech on Tuesday night: "Mr. Trump accused me, of playing the, quote, 'woman card.' Well, if fighting for women's health care and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the woman card, then deal me in."Clinton's suppoters can recieve the card by donating to her campaign. Want one? Chip in now: https://t.co/7zG2HrebW3 #WomanCard pic.twitter.com/tEnbvq5a9r— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 29, 2016"Deal me in," the card pink card reads. Clinton's campaign continues to change gears, focusing on Trump and his GOP rivals after extending her delegate lead over Bernie Sanders eariler in the week. If fighting for women is "playing the #WomanCard," what card is Trump playing?https://t.co/PRoFKATQAE— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 29, 2016 Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Hundreds of Protesters Descend Upon Trump Rally in California, Damaging Police C


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  Following Donald Trump's rally in Costa Mesa, California, Thursday night, hundreds of protesters lined the streets, blocking cars leaving the OC Fair & Event Center, while others jumped on police cars.The Orange County Sheriff's Department said about 20 people were arrested, and there were no major injuries. There were nearly 200 officers outside the Trump rally, according to the Sheriff's Department. #OCSDPIO Post Trump Rally Protest over. Approx 20 arrests by Costa Mesa PD. No major injuries. Crowd dispersed by 11pm. No further updates— OC Sheriff, CA (@OCSD) April 29, 2016The protesters were met with police in riot gear and others mounted on horseback.pic.twitter.com/Pd6EB3XUoV— Chelsea Edwards (@abc7chelsea) April 29, 2016Protesters jumped on police cars and other vehicles, and tossed water bottles and other objects at the police. At least one police car was damaged by the protesters. Protesters were also filmed trying to flip over a police car. Protesters attempt to flip cop car outside Donald Trump rally in Orange County: WATCH #LIVE https://t.co/u5lTveArpyhttps://t.co/8nyDi9sy2N— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) April 29, 2016Rebeca Olguin, a Bernie Sanders supporter who was at the scene and posted a video of the mayhem on Instagram, told ABC News she came to protest Trump and his campaign."There were some who were peacefully protesting while others were being more open about sharing their opinions," she wrote in an e-mail to ABC News.  Before the event started, the venue closed once it had reached capacity and individuals were trying to jump the fence to get in. They were escorted outside the gate.The rally -- which attracted 18,000 supporters and was held in advance of the state's June 7 primary -- opened with families of people killed by undocumented workers from the Remembrance Project. They joined Trump on stage, as they have at previous rallies. "Trump is here to save us all,” said Jamiel Shaw, Sr., whose son Jamiel Shaw, Jr., was killed in 2008 when he was 17. Trump in turn took back the microphone and vowed to “Build the Wall."Trump also took aim at his GOP rival Ted Cruz, and his newly-announced running mate, Carly Fiorina."[Cruz] will get an award...for the first time in the history of American politics, a man who is totally mathematically dead, has appointed a Vice President,” Trump said, later adding that Senator Cruz is “one lyin’ son of a gun.”As for Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, Trump said, “She’s there shouting all night long with reading from teleprompters. I’m sorta glad she won I wanna beat her more than Sanders.”Trump will attend his first-ever state convention of the cycle Friday in California. His next rally is Sunday in Indiana.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Donald Trump, Bobby Knight Team Up on the Campaign Trail


ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Republican front-runner Donald Trump seems to have found a kindred spirit in famed, former Indiana University head coach Bobby Knight.Knight has appeared with the businessman at two events in Indiana, praising Trump’s “preparedness.” Both have reputations for pursuing the win -- Knight boasting 900 career wins and Trump on a primary winning streak.But both also have their share of controversies. Trump has come under fire for appearing to be xenophobic, anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, and for his comments on abortion. Knight was infamously fired from his coaching position after allegations of physical assault. He faced added scrutiny when he made a comparison between handling stress and rape during an NBC News interview, saying, ''I think that if rape is inevitable, relax and enjoy it.”Trump and Knight have bonded recently, with Knight throwing his endorsement to the real-estate mogul.While speaking to an Evansville, Indiana crowd, Knight defended Trump against claims that the candidate was not presidential enough, comparing him to Harry Truman, who Knight said was accused of the same thing.“They told him that he wasn’t presidential, and Harry Truman, with what he did in dropping and having the guts to drop the bomb in 1944, saved, saved billions of American lives,” Knight said. “That’s what Harry Truman did and he became one of the three great presidents of the United States. And here’s a man who would do the same thing because he’s going to become one of the four great presidents of the United States.”Knight also said during Trump’s Indiana visit that the candidate isn’t beholden to any party: "This man is not a Republican. He's not a Democrat at heart. He's just a great American.”In Knight’s speech before introducing Trump he exclaimed, "Let me first tell you that I was very, very selective with players during the time I was here. And I’ll tell you one thing that man that was just up here a moment ago, I will tell you, that son of a b--- could play for me!"While introducing Knight, Trump returned the favor, praising the coach as “the best.”“You don’t get any better, tough, tough. Would you say he was tough enough, would you say?” he asked the audience.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

John Kasich Remains in Presidential Race


ABC News(NEW YORK) -- It had all the makings of a dropping out speech -- minus the punchline.Republican presidential candidate John Kasich revealed to voters in Oregon that he had been seriously thinking about whether or not to continue his campaign. He trails rivals Donald Trump and Ted Cruz by hundreds of delegates.“I want to tell you that I got up yesterday and, well, I started thinking about my campaign, started thinking about my effort,” Kasich told a crowd of supporters at a Portland town hall Thursday.“I thought about should I keep going? Should I carry on? What is this all about? And I thought deeply about it,” Kasich admitted.“I’ve decided to keep going. And there are going to be people who are going to criticize me for that, and it’s not always an easy road,” Kasich said. “I’m gonna do my very best.”The sitting Ohio governor has won only his home state’s primary and is mathematically eliminated from securing the delegates needed for the Republican nomination.Kasich dismissed calls from his GOP rivals to exit the race, saying: “I’m inclined to keep going.”.@JohnKasich: "I've decided to keep going." https://t.co/pBbimp0Zid https://t.co/LY4SJhdHRr— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) April 28, 2016Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Cruz's Delegate Counter Cuccinelli: They're 'Cleaning' Trump's 'Clock'


Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Ken Cuccinelli, the former attorney general of Virginia and chief delegate counter for Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, brushed off this Tuesday’s losses to Donald Trump in five northeastern states. He said the Cruz campaign will “march on.”In the latest edition of the “Powerhouse Politics” podcast, Cuccinelli told ABC News’ Political Director Rick Klein, who hosts the podcast with Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl, that Tuesday was a “good day” for Trump, but many of the states the real estate mogul has won “will never in a million years vote a Republican for president.”“Senator Cruz has done well in Republican states,” Cuccinelli said. “I think that tells folks something: Only one of these two can carry on a national campaign that is grassroots-based. You can see that by how we’re absolutely cleaning their clock in the grassroots contest that is the delegate battle.”Cuccinelli also put to rest any rumors that the Cruz campaign was wooing undecided delegates with a sweet treat -- cake.“No, no, no,” Cuccinelli insisted. “If you knew our budget you’d recognize that it’s not even possible.”“Not even cheap cake,” he added.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

President Obama Crashes White House Briefing for College Students


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama stunned college student reporters attending a special briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest at the White House Thursday."Josh was speaking for me and I wanted to make sure he was getting it right," Obama said as he entered the briefing room. "Are you guys having an interesting time here?"Obama then told the students he had some news to break."Today [Thursday] I want to announce that we're aiming to enroll 2 million more people in Pay As You Earn by this time next this year and you can find out how at studentloans.gov/repay," the president announced.Pay As You Earn is new federal student loan repayment plan that is now available to some borrowers with newer federal loans.The president added that the administration will soon make additional announcements about how it's going to get federal agencies to coordinate so that as students manage student debt there is a one-stop shop where they can figure out how to pay back their loans and ensure that there are consumer protections for how they're being treated in repayment process.The president then took several questions from student journalists for more than 30 minutes.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Shifting Electoral Focus Stands Out in 2016 Race


ABC News(NEW YORK) -- This presidential election stands out for many reasons, but one unexpected deviation is how it has changed the way the campaigns have mapped out their course.Prioritizing some later states in this election -- like New York earlier this month and Indiana next Tuesday -- comes as a confluence of factors have changed the game.It’s unfair to call these later primaries "battlegrounds ... any more than they ever were," but their role in the race has shifted, Georgetown University associate professor Hans Noel said."What is different is just that these states matter, because the contest isn’t settled,” Noel said."In a typical year, the party would be behind the front-runner, and anyone opposing the front-runner would have converted or at least stepped aside by now."In addition to Sanders' narrative being "so entertaining" and his supporters being "very committed," Noel explained, it has forced Clinton's hand and made her still devote attention to the primary at a time when she may have wanted to shift toward the general election by now."Since the Democrats are proportional, it’s not enough to rest comfortably on a victory," Noel said, referring to the way that Democratic delegates are awarded. "Clinton needs to run up the score.”For some states, the change in emphasis was intentional.New York political leaders worked to change their state primary so it was held on a day with no others, as it had been previously."It was really done as a way to encourage the candidates to come campaign here," New York Republican State Committee spokeswoman Jessica Proud told ABC News. "New York is a very large, diverse state and, typically, candidates were coming into New York City to raise money rather than campaign around the state."Others have become a focus of attention as a result of the length of the campaign itself, and the refusal by some to coalesce behind one candidate.James Campbell, a professor of political science at the University at Buffalo, said the "very crowded" Republican field played a part."Supporters of the other candidates in the crowded field were likely to cling to their favored candidate longer than usual because they regarded a move to the front-runner unacceptable," Campbell said."In effect, this limited any bandwagon effect that we might have otherwise seen for a more broadly acceptable front-runner."Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina Tag-Team Attacks On Donald Trump


Ty Wright/Getty Images(FT. WAYNE, Ind.) -- On their first full day as a political power team, Ted Cruz and newly-minted running mate Carly Fiorina tag-teamed attacks on Donald Trump, part of their fight to dethrone the front-runner.At a rally in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, Fiorina stayed mostly silent while Cruz interacted with the gaggle of press beforehand.But, when she later took the stage, Fiorina proved why she has been such a strong surrogate for the Texas senator.Walking out to "Cruz/Fiorina" campaign signs, the former HP executive was greeted by chants of “Carly.” She attacked and advocated for Cruz, lashing out at Trump and former House Speaker John Boehner while describing Cruz as the ultimate fighter. In a speech Wednesday, Boehner had compared Cruz to “Lucifer” and said he would not support him in a general election.“There’s some breaking news. John Boehner, you know the guy who used to be the speaker of the house, and he didn’t get anything done right?" Fiorina said during the rally. "John Boehner last night said, 'Well, Donald Trump and I are texting and golfing buddies.' I rest my case ladies and gentlemen, because only an insider gives $100,000 to John Boehner’s Super PAC and at the same time, funds Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. That’s what Donald Trump has done. So make no mistake, they will not fight the system -- they are the system."Cruz was peppered with questions by reporters about whether picking Fiorina simply amounted to an act of desperation, something Trump has claimed.“Of course he would scream desperate. That is Donald Trump, it’s the only way he knows how to operate," Cruz said. "I gave the [explanation of] why we made the announcement early. It is certainly unusual to make a vice presidential announcement early before the convention. But this, if anything, is an unusual presidential cycle."Cruz believes Fiorina will help him unite the Republican party behind his campaign.“I think Carly is a powerful leader to help unite this party and bring us all together,” Cruz said. "I think it's important for the people of Indiana for the American people to know exactly what you're going to get and to give a clear choice. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are virtually indistinguishable on policy issues across the field.The two further made things official with their first joint campaign ad.Cruz told Tony Katz in a radio interview that Fiorina was on a short list of 17 candidates that had been winnowed down from 40 prospective choices.ABC News spoke with Indiana voters who attended Cruz’s rally in Fort Wayne Thursday afternoon.Fort Wayne local Gina Wyatt is an undecided voter, but might consider voting for Cruz now that Fiorina is his VP pick."I’m still thinking, but now that he has Carly Fiorina, I like her,” Wyatt, 54, told ABC News. “I think that might pull me in.”She said she liked that Fiorina brought a business perspective to the table. “You need a politician, you need a business person,” she said, adding it was good to have a woman on the ticket.She still has questions for Cruz, like his plan for dealing with illegal immigrants, esp. “good, hardworking illegal people.” She said there are a lot of Hispanic people in the Fort Wayne area who are “here for a good reason” and that she doesn’t “want to just kick them out.”Business owner Paul Schroeder, 55, from Battleground, Indiana, attended the Cruz rally with his wife and six kids.He said he would vote for Cruz, but that Ben Carson had been his first choice originally."I’m not sure she would’ve been my first choice,” Schroeder told ABC News. “But I think she’s a great running-mate for the ticket.”"I like Carly Fiorina. I think she’s a great debater,” Schroeder said. "I think [she] and Cruz are the toughest debaters of all of them.”Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Twitter Reacts to Trump Saying Hillary Clinton Plays the 'Woman Card'


ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump recently accused Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton of using the “woman card” to get elected."I think the only card she has is the women's card," Trump said in New York earlier this week. "She has got nothing else going.”.@realDonaldTrump: "If Hillary Clinton were a man, I don't think she'd get 5% of the vote." https://t.co/aEj11Rhrzi https://t.co/oa2r1bpu2c— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) April 27, 2016Trump went on to argue, “Frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don't think she would get 5 percent of the vote. ... And the beautiful thing is, women don't like her."Clinton responded to the GOP front-runner in a speech on Tuesday night: "Mr. Trump accused me, of playing the, quote, 'woman card.' Well, if fighting for women's health care and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the woman card, then deal me in."It was only a matter of time until the hashtag #womancard took Twitter by storm. While some tweeters got creative using memes to criticize Trump’s comment, others focused on the deeper issues.When you're trying to use your #womancard to get into the subway: pic.twitter.com/nqPaEKy7sb— NickG (@sub150run) April 27, 2016Where would I be without my #womancard pic.twitter.com/Z3lQpDiubq— Amber Coffman (@Amber_Coffman) April 27, 2016Tried to use my #womancard at an ATM to pull out a $20--got $15.60 instead.— Julie Leung (@jleungbooks) April 27, 2016Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Ted Cruz Says There Is 'No Alliance' With John Kasich to Stop Trump


ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz said Thursday there is "no alliance" with fellow GOP candidate John Kasich to stop front-runner Donald Trump from securing the Republican presidential nomination."There is no alliance. Kasich and I made a determination where to focus our energies, where to focus our assets, where to focus our resources," Cruz told reporters while campaigning in Indiana.Cruz went on to say that Kasich is a "good" and "honorable" man.Cruz's comments are an apparent attempt to walk back an agreement between the two campaigns to halt Trump in three upcoming primary contests."We disagree on a number of policy issues but I'll tell you where we do agree," Cruz said. "We agree that Hillary Clinton as president would be a disaster and we agree that nominating Donald Trump elects Hillary Clinton."The Kasich campaign did not immediately return ABC News' request for comment.On Sunday night, the Cruz campaign released a statement saying it would "focus its time and resources in Indiana and in turn clear the path for Gov. Kasich to compete in Oregon and New Mexico."The Kasich campaign said it would "shift our campaign's resources West and give the Cruz campaign a clear path in Indiana" that same evening.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Indiana 'Really Important' for Bernie Sanders, Win or Lose


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Sen. Bernie Sanders has turned his attention to Indiana, despite his diminishing chances to secure the Democratic presidential nomination.Sanders’ focus on the next primary comes during a tough week, which started with his winning only one of the five East Coast primaries on Tuesday.The campaign then announced the next day it was cutting hundreds of staffers, though arguing that fewer remaining primaries call for a realignment of resources. But his overall campaign has shrunk dramatically, to between 325 and 350 staffers from more than 1,000, a campaign source told ABC News."Bernie Sanders began the process of conceding in his speech on Tuesday, when he said he would take this to the convention for the purpose of influencing the platform,” Georgetown University associate professor Hans Noel told ABC News Thursday. “Laying off workers is just a hint at that.”The Sanders campaign hasn’t conceded anything, however, even stressing after Tuesday’s disappointing finish that he’s in the race for the long haul."The people in every state in this country should have the right to determine who they want as president and what the agenda of the Democratic Party should be. That’s why we are in this race until the last vote is cast," Sanders said in the statement.Indeed, the campaign has been well underway in Indiana, which holds its primary next Tuesday and allocates 92 delegates proportionally."His operation actually has been pretty impressive," political science professor Marjorie Hershey of Indiana University said. "I live in Bloomington [Indiana] and this will probably be one of his best areas of the state. His canvasing has been pretty thorough and I've seen a number of Sanders’ television ads, whereas I have seen only one [Hillary] Clinton television ad.”Hershey said she saw her first Sanders ad a week before she saw a Clinton ad, which is consistent with his state director’s comments to ABC News that they started their operation there more than a month ago."We were sent here to win six weeks ago in a vacuum regardless of what else was happening," the Sander’s campaign Indiana director, Pete D'Alessendro, said. We are here to win Indiana."D'Alessendro pointed to the significant crowds Sanders attracted in the state a day after the Tuesday East Coast primaries."We haven't seen a hit in the grassroots enthusiasm, but that is unique to this campaign," he said. "Every other campaign in the history of the world would have seen one."There has been no reportable statewide polling in Indiana yet, so it is difficult to grasp the spread in the Democratic race there.If Hillary Clinton secures 24 of the state's 83 pledged delegates, there will be no way for Sanders to earn enough pledged delegates to secure the nomination outright. He would have to rely on superdelegates.Still, professor Hershey says, Sanders could translate whatever wins he has into the power to shape the political conversation at this summer’s convention and beyond."I think that, to be perfectly frank, the Democratic race is over at this point," Hershey said."Now it depends on what you are expecting and hoping that Sanders would achieve. If we're not talking about his winning the nomination ... but about his retaining some momentum primarily for his ideas as we go into the convention phase, then certainly doing really well in Indiana would be really important," she said.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Hillary Clinton and Her Campaign Pivots to the General Election


ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- After a string of recent wins in New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland and Delaware, Hillary Clinton is solidly on the path to the Democratic nomination -- and she knows it.The presidential candidate (who confidently blurted out during an interview this week, “I’m winning!”) has all but declared herself her party’s nominee. And though she and her campaign aides are still focused on the primary contests ahead, they’re now more than ever pivoting to the general election and preparing for a run against Republican front-runner Donald Trump.The shift was apparent Wednesday, the morning after the Pennsylvania primary, when the Clinton campaign appeared to preview their anti-Trump strategy by blasting out a series of messages and tweets critiquing Trump ahead of his foreign policy speech."Nothing he can say can hide the long list of dangerous national security proposals he’s put forward over the course of this campaign,” the campaign wrote in a lengthy memo titled, “Loose Cannons Tend to Misfire,” highlighting some of Trump's "most irresponsible comments and proposals."Following his speech, Clinton campaign supporters -- former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Sen. Tim Kaine (also thought to be high on the campaign’s list for VP) -- held a conference call with reporters to critique Trump for his “dangerous national security proposals.”And throughout the day, Clinton’s campaign tweeted out a number of reactions to Trump -- both for his foreign policy and for a comment he made about Clinton playing the “woman card.” They made no mention whatsoever of Bernie Sanders.Meanwhile, Clinton herself tweaked her speech on Tuesday night to suggest she has her eye on November.She vowed to unify the Democratic Party -- a message seemingly aimed at Sanders, who has been hesitant to say he would endorse Clinton if she becomes the nominee."Whether you support Senator Sanders or you support me, there's much more that unites us than divides us,” Clinton exclaimed. "I applaud Senator Sanders and his millions of supporters for challenging us to get unaccountable money out of our politics and giving greater emphasis to closing the gap of inequality and I know together we will get that done.”Clinton also appeared to begin a push to woo Republicans (specifically those more moderate ones who are not supporters of Trump or Ted Cruz). She called on anyone who is a “thoughtful Republican” to consider her message and campaign."So my friends, if you are a Democrat, an independent or a thoughtful Republican, you know their approach is not going to build an America where we increase opportunity or decrease inequality,” she said. "So, instead of letting them take us backwards, we want America to be in the future business. That's why I want you to keep imagining a tomorrow where instead of building walls, we're breaking down barriers.”Trump has also shifted his focus to Clinton in recent days, taking her on more directly during his campaign events and saying he plans to study Sanders' playbook. ("I can re-read some of his speeches and get some very good material," Trump said on MSNBC about his plans to go after Clinton.)Sanders has yet to tone down his critiques of his opponent, and has vowed to stay in the race through the convention, however, the reality of the race is settling in. His campaign is set to lay off hundreds of staff members."As a result of the process moving forward with only ten states to go, we need fewer people in place to do the work [than] we needed when there were 50 states to go," Sanders campaign spokesman Michael Briggs said in a statement. "And so the campaign is doing some right-sizing to deal with the practicability that we have fewer states left to go."Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Why Ted Cruz VP Offer Might Have Appealed to Carly Fiorina


Jason Bahr/CNBC(WASHINGTON) -- Even though it is mathematically impossible for Sen. Ted Cruz to win the Republican presidential nomination outright, Carly Fiorina agreed to join him on his hypothetical ticket as his vice president.As Donald Trump’s chances of becoming the GOP nominee increase with each primary win, the benefits of her joining Cruz's ticket are not as obvious as they would be if he had a clear path to victory.But it is still a path, senior fellow Philip Wallach of the Brookings Institution argues."Fiorina was teetering on the edge of political irrelevancy, and this puts her back in the spotlight, at least for a little while," Wallach told ABC News Thursday. "There’s also a non-trivial chance it could lead to her being vice president; betting markets still give Cruz an outside chance of getting the Republican nomination, and he and Fiorina would have a chance in the general election."Aside from the difficult odds, Cruz is not an overwhelmingly popular person within his own party and so widely disliked that many of his congressional colleagues openly criticize him: Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., jokingly threatened to kill himself if Cruz were elected and former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio this week described Cruz as "Lucifer in the flesh.”As for the new Cruz-Fiorina team, the two are similar in some ways, Georgetown University associate professor Hans Noel said."Cruz is not popular with the Republican Party in Washington, but he is very popular with activists and may Republicans in the states. And Cruz is one of the party’s best shots at not nominating Trump," Noel told ABC News of the 45-year-old Texas senator."Fiorina was often lumped in with [Ben] Carson and Trump as an outsider, but it’s better to say she is part of that more ideological wing of the party in the states. So they are playing similar strategies," he said.And Cruz’s popularity could change dramatically if the nomination swings his way, Wallach says."If Cruz wins the nomination, he becomes one of the party’s most important figures, period," Wallach said. "I don’t imagine all the bad relations between him and party leaders would instantly be healed, but he would definitely have a chance to reinvent himself as a unifying figure."The Texas-born former Hewlett Packer CEO, 61, ran against Cruz earlier in this campaign before dropping out in February. She took a month out of the spotlight before rejoining the campaign trail by endorsing Cruz on March 9, which helped her re-enter the race full-time."I’m not really sure what the downside is for Fiorina," Wallach said. "If this gambit fails, she may be done in Republican politics, but that may well have been true if she did nothing."Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Ted Cruz Mocked by John Boehner as 'Lucifer in the Flesh'


United States House of Representatives(STANFORD, Calif.) — Former House Speaker John Boehner isn't buying Sen. Ted Cruz's pitch to unite the Republican Party against Donald Trump.In a talk at Stanford University Wednesday, the plainspoken Ohio Republican called the Texas senator "Lucifer in the flesh," adding that he found Cruz difficult to work with in Congress.“I have Democrat friends and Republican friends," Boehner said, according to the Stanford Daily. "I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.”Cruz sparred with Boehner throughout his speakership over funding the government, most notably in 2013, when the government shut down for more than two weeks. Cruz's allies in the House helped force Boehner out of Congress last year.Boehner, an avid golfer, said he and 2016 front-runner Trump are "texting buddies," and that they've played golf together over the years. He stopped short of endorsing his policies, but said he would vote for Trump in the general election if the New York businessman becomes the GOP nominee.Cruz took to Twitter this morning, writing, "Tell me again who will stand up to Washington? Trump, who's Boehner's "texting and golfing buddy," or Carly & me?"Of Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who served with Boehner in the House of Representatives in the 1990s, Boehner said he "requires more effort" than his other friends ... but he's still my friend, and I love him."Boehner voted for Kasich in the Ohio primary, and endorsed his bid for president, though he has also thrown House Speaker Paul Ryan's name into the 2016 mix. (Ryan, who is not running for president, has said he's told Boehner to "knock it off.")Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

RNC Delegate Candidates Campaign Hard, Spend Big to Get Elected


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- In Tuesday’s Pennsylvania primary, Donald Trump wasn’t the only candidate whose ground game helped him win big.Several of the state’s 54 newly-elected unbound delegates staged their own elaborate campaign operations in the hopes of paving their way to what is expected to be a historic Republican convention in Cleveland in July. Pennsylvania's huge heap of unbound delegates is the biggest in the country. At a contested convention, these 54 people could make or break the nomination process for the next leader of the free world.Jim Worthington, a Trump supporter and newly-elected delegate from Pennsylvania’s 8th congressional district, said he spent more than $30,000 of his own money on his delegate campaign.“At no point did I have a budget,” said Worthington, who owns and runs a health club and lifestyle center. “We just kept thinking of things to do to get my name more out there.”Worthington used his company’s marketing department to help him design and print 2,000 lawn signs, 25,000 direct mailers and 50,000 handbills promoting his candidacy.“We actually had double the amount of signs as a guy running for Congress,” Worthington said. He also scheduled robocalls on Monday night and took out a half-page ad in the local Sunday paper.Worthington’s interest in being a delegate at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland was partially driven by the memory of his father, who recently passed away. The two always watched national conventions together, starting with the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago on a black-and-white TV.“My dad would have loved Trump and all this craziness,” he said.Pennsylvania delegate and Trump supporter Andrew Shecktor, from the state’s 11th district, said he spent almost $20,000 of his own money and more than 2,000 hours campaigning to win. Schecktor said his goal was to emphasize his passionate support for Trump and provide voters with information about who other delegate candidates supported. In Pennsylvania, ballots don’t list this information.“Trump had the support of the people,” Shecktor said. “They just needed to know how to vote.” So he created handbills and a website to explain the delegate process, promote his support for Trump, and list which presidential candidate each delegate supported.He estimates that he personally handed fliers to 22,500 people, and said that his website and social media reached about 10 million people.“The website that I created and promoted may very likely have been the deciding factor in the election of all the delegates across the state,” Shecktor said. He credits this strategy for his own win, too.Unbound delegates are free agents who can vote for any candidate to become their party’s nominee, regardless of how their state and districts voted. They will become crucial at the national convention if no candidate reaches the required 1,237 delegates beforehand.There are total of 71 number of delegates in Pennsylvania. Seventeen of those delegates are now bound to Trump because he won the state popular vote. The remaining 54 are unbound but currently 41 of the unbound delegates will be voting for Trump: 28 delegates who are Trump supporters and 13 delegates who are voting for their districts’ winner, which is Trump. The unbound delegates are at liberty to change their minds at any time ahead of the convention.For Jim Worthington, the opportunity to participate at the convention is well worth the $30,000 price tag. “I just think my dad would be so excited and proud,” he said.“It kind of hit me, I’m going to be one of only a couple thousand people out of everyone in the country who has the opportunity to help select the next President of the United States,” he remarked.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Why Indiana Could Make or Break Trump's Path to the Nomination


ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has made some major delegate strides in across the Northeast over the last two weeks. But what does he need to do from here to hit the magic number of 1,237 delegates on the first ballot at the convention this summer?His path to the nomination may come down to Indiana next Tuesday, according to an ABC News analysis of the delegate count and future allocation rules.If Trump wants to become the presumptive nominee by hitting 1,237 bound delegates before Cleveland, he will almost certainly need to win Indiana. If he loses Indiana, he still has a viable path to 1,237 delegates on the first ballot with a broad win in California plus unbound delegates.Here's why Indiana could tip the scales for Trump in the fight for the GOP bid:Why Is Indiana So Important Next Tuesday?Indiana is a winner-takes-most state worth 57 delegates. The winner of the state will likely win at least 45 delegates -- more if he wins in most regions of the state. The losers will likely be kept in the single digits, depending on whether they can win any congressional districts. This 40-delegate swing between winning and losing in Indiana could prove crucial to whether Trump reaches 1,237.What Happens If Donald Trump Wins Indiana?He would have a likely path to winning the nomination on the first ballot -- and the possibility of clinching the nomination with bound delegates in early June. He will need only 44 percent of remaining delegates to win.And What If Trump Loses Indiana?A clear path would still exist for Trump to win on the first ballot using unbound delegates, but his path to clinching on June 7 gets narrower. He will need 53 percent of remaining delegates to win.If He Wins Indiana, What’s His Path to 1,237 Delegates?A Trump win in Indiana means less pressure to win big in California. If Trump wins Indiana, he will likely hit 1,237 on the first ballot at the convention even by winning just half of California’s congressional districts.May 10: West Virginia -- Delegates are elected directly on the ballot via a complex process. Trump should win roughly 20 of the 34 delegates here to keep pace.Nebraska -- Trump can afford to lose this winner-takes-all state to Ted Cruz.May 17 and 24:Oregon and Washington -- Trump should win his share of proportional delegates.June 7:California -- This state’s 172 delegates are doled out mostly to the winners of each congressional district -- three for each CD won. The overall winner gets 10 additional delegates. A win in Indiana would allow Trump to have a lackluster showing in California, even losing the state overall as long as he carries about half of the congressional districts.New Jersey -- Trump needs to win this winner-take-all state worth 51 delegates.South Dakota and Montana -- Trump can afford to lose these winner-takes-all states to Ted Cruz.New Mexico -- Trump wins his share of proportional delegates.This path allows Trump to lose lots of unbound delegates:All 13 remaining uncommitted unbound delegates in Pennsylvania. He's already won 39 of them, according to ABC News reporting.All 57 remaining uncommitted unbound delegates from other states like North Dakota, Louisiana, Colorado, Wyoming, West Virginia and Oklahoma.Can Trump Clinch with Bound Delegates Before the Convention If He Wins Indiana?Yes. He will need to win about two-thirds of the congressional districts in California or surprise in a Cruz-friendly winner-take-all state if he wants to clinch the nomination with bound delegates on June 7.If Trump Loses Indiana, How Will He Make Those Delegates Up?If Trump wants to clinch the magic number in bound delegates only by June 7, Trump will need to win almost every congressional district in California or pull off a surprise win in a Cruz-friendly winner-take-all state –- an unlikely path.An easier path awaits for him to hit 1,237 on the first ballot of the convention. Winning roughly two-thirds of the congressional districts in California would likely boost him to the magic number, because unbound delegates he’s already won in Pennsylvania, as well as other unbound delegates from other states, are included in this count.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Speaker Paul Ryan's Election Year Advice for Young Republicans


United States House of Representatives(WASHINGTON) — House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., advised young conservatives to remain optimistic in a surprising election year for the GOP.At a town hall at Georgetown University, Ryan was questioned by one young Republican who said he’s been “very dismayed by this year’s election so far.”“Why is that?” Ryan asked.The Georgetown student said young Republicans “find it very difficult” to support either of the top two candidates for his party’s nomination, New York businessman Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.“Unfortunately, this is not the first time I’ve had this question,” Ryan remarked.The Wisconsin Republican urged his audience to “look at the policies, not the person.”“It’s the policies that matter so much,” Ryan said.“In front of you is not just a vote for a person, a political personality, in front of you ... will be a choice between two paths you will have to take,” Ryan continued.“I would look at the ideas, look at the platform that’s being advanced."Ryan promoted the House GOP's agenda project -- a series of policy proposals Ryan and his conference plan to release ahead of the July Republican convention that will provide a set of policies down-ballot Republicans across the country can run on in November.The proposals could be a harder sell to Trump, the current front-runner, who is at odds with Ryan on trade and entitlement reform.Ryan, who has spoken to the remaining GOP presidential candidates about the project, has said they're all comfortable with House Republicans' efforts.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Donald Trump Slams Ted Cruz for Naming Carly Fiorina as Running Mate


ABC News (NEW YORK) — Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump mocked rival Ted Cruz’s announcement Wednesday during a rally at the Indiana State Fairground in Indianapolis that Carly Fiorina would be his running mate, should the Texas senator be the Republican nominee. Trump drew thousands of supporters to the venue last week, marking his first campaign stop ahead of the state's May 3 primary.“First of all, you have to look — Cruz can’t win," Trump told his supporters. "What’s he doing picking vice presidents? He can't win."Trump added, "He’s mathematically eliminated, it’s like if you’re playing in the World Series and your team loses a game...He’s mathematically eliminated. He has set a record, though. He is the first presidential candidate in the history of this country who’s mathematically eliminated from becoming president who chose a vice presidential candidate.”His statement was true, however Cruz is not the first candidate to announce a vice-presidential pick before becoming the nominee. The other? Ronald Reagan. In 1976, Ronald Reagan announced Sen. Richard Schweiker before his contested convention with Gerald Ford.On the side, working for Ford was another familiar name; Paul Manafort, who is now Trump’s convention manager and the man working to ensure that his candidate doesn’t have to duke it out on the convention floor.Fiorina, the former chairwoman of Hewlett-Packard, suspended her own presidential campaign in February.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Jenner Visits Women's Bathroom at Trump Hotel, Slams Cruz


Jeff Lipsky/E! Entertainment(NEW YORK) — Caitlyn Jenner has followed up on Donald Trump's overture of hospitality that he would have no qualms with her using any bathroom at Trump Tower.Instead of heading to Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, though, Jenner visited Trump International Hotel and Tower across town -- and documented her visit in a Facebook video titled "Bathroom Break."The Republican presidential hopeful was asked last week during an interview on The Today Show if he would be fine with Jenner using any bathroom she chose at Trump Tower. Trump responded, "That is correct." The question was asked in the context of the recent passage of so-called bathroom laws in North Carolina and Mississippi targeting transgender individuals.Fast forward to this week, and Jenner posted a video of herself visiting the women's restroom at Trump International Hotel and Tower, a five-star, 52-story hotel on Manhattan's Upper West Side, on her Facebook page Wednesday evening."A trans woman in New York, I gotta take a pee," Jenner tells the camera, as she walks down Central Park West. "Anyway...Oh my God, Trump International Tower, I love this."Jenner, whose journey as a transgender woman is being documented in the E! reality TV series I Am Cait, continues, "OK, last week Donald Trump said I could take a pee anywhere in a Trump facility. I am gonna go take a pee in the ladies' room."After exiting the bathroom, Jenner, 66, says to the camera, "Thank you, Donald, really appreciate it. And by the way, Ted [Cruz], nobody got molested."The jab at Cruz is in response to his comments suggesting these so-called bathroom laws prevent "predators."As ABC News previously reported, Cruz said, "There is no greater evil than predators, and if the law says that any man, if he chooses can enter a women's restroom, a little girl's restroom and stay there and he cannot be removed because he simply says at that moment he feels like a woman, you're opening the door for predators."Last month, Jenner acknowledged during an E! press event that she had spoken positively about Cruz, but never formally endorsed him. "I never said that I endorsed Ted Cruz," she said at the time. "I said I like him. He is a constitutionalist and I think we have to get our country back to something like that."Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Indiana Congressman Jabs Ted Cruz for Basketball Flub


ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Basketball-crazy Indiana Republicans have a message for Ted Cruz: It's a basketball hoop, not a "ring."At a Tuesday rally in the high school gym where the basketball movie Hoosiers was filmed, the Texas senator jumbled his basketball terminology, referring to a hoop as "basketball ring.""You can't help but wince," Rep. Luke Messer, R-Ind., said of Cruz's gaffe in an interview with ABC News’ Rick Klein. "In Indiana, it's a basketball hoop, or basketball goal.""It's hard when you're a candidate running for office," he added, defending Cruz's remarks. "Sometimes you misspeak."Looking ahead to his home state's GOP primary next week, Messer, a two-term congressman and member of House GOP leadership, has not made a new endorsement. His initial pick, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, bowed out of the race in February.Messer said he still isn't sure whom he'll vote for of the remaining presidential candidates and not sure he will endorse before Tuesday."I'm like most Hoosiers, I'm watching the arguments, I'm listening to the debate," he said.Messer said the alliance between Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich to divide up the primary map, in an effort to deny New York businessman Donald Trump enough delegates to clinch the presidential nomination, is "not something that's going to impress" Indiana Republicans."Candidates need to be appealing to Hoosiers through policy and principle, not politics," he said, adding that the plan for Kasich not to challenge Cruz in Indiana has "disappointed" some voters in his home state who had already picked their candidate.Messer said that Trump will "have to do the work" to bring the GOP together, should he win the Republican nomination for president."We won't win in the fall unless we come together as a party," he said.Indiana is a winner-take-all primary state with 57 delegates up for grabs. A win there for Trump would help him attain the 1,237 delegates needed to nab the GOP presidential convention and avoid a contested convention in Cleveland.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Carly Fiorina Dismisses Her Past Attacks on Ted Cruz


Ty Wright/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Ted Cruz’s newly announced running mate, Carly Fiorina, brushed off her past attacks on the Texas senator and presidential candidate today, noting that they were in the “heat of the political campaign.”“We are in the Hoosier State, right?” she told ABC News’ David Wright during an interview in Indiana. “In a heated basketball game sometimes players foul each other.”The interview followed Cruz’s formal announcement of her as his vice presidential pick should he win the Republican presidential nomination.“This is a man I’ve gotten to know,” Fiorina said. “This is also a man I [would] have voted for long before I ever had a conversation with him about endorsing him.”Fiorina, who ran unsuccessfully for the GOP nomination before dropping out earlier this year, once slammed Cruz as being just “like any other politician.”But Wednesday the former Hewlett-Packard chief insisted that Cruz will “do what he says.”Despite the timing of Cruz’s announcement -- coming on the heels of Republican front-runner Donald Trump’s sweep of five primary states on Tuesday -- Fiorina insisted “everything” about this presidential election has been “unprecedented.”“So, here’s one more thing that’s not like other election cycles,” Fiorina said.She predicted the Texas senator will do “real well” in Indiana, which votes on May 3, and then attacked Trump.“He doesn't represent me and he doesn’t represent my party,” Fiorina said of the real estate mogul. “He and Hillary Clinton are two sides of the same coin.”Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Donald Trump Isn't the First American Politician to Put 'America First'


ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Donald Trump's foreign policy speech Wednesday was the first time that the Republican presidential front-runner clearly declared his foreign policy priorities, and he summarized them as keeping "America First."He isn't the first person to do so."America First" has been the name of at least two political groups in the past century, both of which focused their platforms on non-interventionist foreign policies.Opposing World War II InterventionThe first iteration came in the 1940s with the America First Committee, which was formed largely in an effort to keep the United States out of World War II.Historian Arthur Schlesinger told PBS that there were a number of supporters for the party who went on to be prominent politicians, including later President Gerald Ford, later Rep. Jonathan Bingham, and relatives of the Taft family.The committee's most famous supporter at the time of its existence was famed pilot Charles Lindbergh, who spoke at their rallies and championed the cause.The committee chose to disband days after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.Circling back to Trump's "America First" speech today, he praised America's intervention in World War II."We have a lot to be proud of in the 1940s. We saved the world. The greatest generation beat back the Nazis and Japanese imperialists. Then we saved the world again. This time, from totalitarianism and communism, the Cold War. It lasted for decades, but guess what, we won and we won big," Trump said Wednesday.The Current Political Party Bearing the PhraseThe America First Party was created nearly six decades later by a group of demoralized supporters of Pat Buchanan who decided to form a group after his failed presidential bid in 2000 on the Reform Party ticket.According to Jonathan Hill, the party's national chairman, they support "controlling our nation's borders, bringing back tariffs as opposed to free trade, and we're pretty much opposed to much of our foreign policy as it stands today."The group is also socially conservative, but to an extent further than many of the Republican presidential candidates, as the America First Party "does not support abortion in all cases and they are opposed to homosexuality," Hill said.At its peak, the group had state chapters in 47 states, "but at the present moment, we don't have many active state parties," Hill said.The group has not run a candidate in the 2016 presidential race and has not endorsed any of the candidates, yet.Hill said that he is "reserving my judgment on Donald Trump. ... But he does say a lot of the right words."Hill specifically praised Trump's stances against NATO and for building up America's borders."He's an interesting candidate. He's shaking up the establishment," Hill told ABC News.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Bernie Sanders' Campaign Is Laying Off Hundreds of Staffers


Mark Wilson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Bernie Sanders' campaign is laying off hundreds of staff members.Sanders campaign spokesman Michael Briggs told reporters Wednesday that, "as a result of the process moving forward with only ten states to go, we need fewer people in place to do the work [than] we needed when there were 50 states to go. And so the campaign is doing some right-sizing to deal with the practicability that we have fewer states left to go.He confirmed the layoffs would affect hundreds of people, but would not give a precise number. Asked if it was a posture of weakness, he said it was "posture of reality."Briggs added that he believed new staff would be hired for California.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Ted Cruz Announces Carly Fiorina as Vice President Pick


Gerardo Mora/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz Wednesday announced Carly Fiorina as his vice president pick after "a great deal of consideration and prayer."Cruz praised Fiorina as a “woman of extraordinary intelligence” and “a woman of deep principle.”“Carly respects the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and she understands the threats facing America,” Cruz said. “She understands this is a dangerous world and in naming her as my vice presidential nominee, I am also telling you that she is someone you can be confident in.”Cruz also touted her confrontation with Donald Trump at the Sept. 16 Republican primary debate, responding to Trump’s comments on her appearance.“She is careful and she is measured and serious and she doesn't get overly excited or rattled by everything that is getting thrown at her,” Cruz said.In a veiled attack against Trump, Cruz argued: "If you see a leader who deliberately surrounds themselves with people who are not capable, who are not informed, who are not skilled, and who would never, ever stands up to that leader, it tells you that leader is not a leader, but, rather, someone not at all secure in who they are."Cruz said Monday his campaign was in the process of vetting a short list of potential vice presidential picks. An aide to Fiorina confirmed that she was being vetted by the Cruz campaign.Fiorina, a former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, announced her bid for the Republican nominee last year, but dropped out of the race following the New Hampshire primaries. She endorsed Cruz for president March 9 and since then has been an active surrogate on the campaign trail for the Texas senator.Cruz's announcement comes after a night of losses to GOP front-runner T rump in five primaries and before the Indiana primary May 3 and the May 7 California primary, where Fiorina ran and lost for a Senate seat in 2010.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

How Bernie Sanders' Strategy Will Evolve Going Forward


ABC News(WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.) -- Bernie Sanders stood unwavering and a little audacious at his first rally in Indiana Wednesday.Despite losing an additional four states on the east coast the night before, which rendered his chances of winning the nomination nearly mathematically impossible, the senator said he believed he would still win the majority of the pledged delegates and was staying in the race to win it.“So that there is no confusion, we are in this campaign to win and become the Democratic nominee,” he said speaking to a packed room at Purdue University. In a statement released after the final results landed, Sanders notably did not say whether he still believed he could make up Hillary Clinton's lead in pledged delegates, which some interpreted as a near concession on his part.After Clinton’s latest victories, Sanders would need to win each of the remaining states by 35 points, or 65 percent of the remaining pledged delegates to take the lead on that front. Considering the number of superdelegates who have already pledged their support to Clinton, the former Secretary of State now would only need to win 20 percent of the remaining delegates to reach the threshold for the nomination.Sanders briefly acknowledged that he was losing the race, but essentially posited that he was hoping for a miracle.“I am very good in arithmetic and I can count delegates and we are behind today but you know what? Unusual things happen in politics,” he continued at his rally. "And with your help we are going to win the pledged delegates."Sanders' Strategy Moving ForwardA major part of Sanders’ strategy now seems to be appealing to those superdelegates as well, who do not technically vote until the convention and will likely be the ones to officially put either candidate over the edge. There has been little evidence so far that many party elites are considering switching their allegiances at this late stage. Still, the senator made his pitch today, citing the excitement around his campaign, the large crowds he draws, and how well he does with independents as reasons he is better positioned to represent the Democratic Party.Sanders added that even if he did not win, his team would fight through the end and try to win to as many delegates as possible in order to put pressure on the party and Clinton.“We intend to win every delegate that we can so that we when we go to Philadelphia in July we will have the votes to put together the strongest progressive agenda that any political party has ever seen,” he said. In his statement late Tuesday, Sanders specifically listed a $15 dollar minimum wage, the end of hydraulic fracking and universal health care as key components of that platform.One of the senator's grassroots backers, Democracy for America, echoed Sanders’ firm stance that the onus was on Clinton to unite the party under a more progressive agenda, saying in a statement that the question was “whether the Democratic establishment [was] going to bring our party together by embracing our fight for a political revolution or tell us to sit down, shut up and fall in line.”So far, Clinton and her campaign have reminded voters and the press that in 2008 she unconditionally backed her opponent Barack Obama once the nomination was out of her grasp and they have urged Sanders to do the same. On the one hand, Clinton will likely not need Sanders’ delegates to put her over the threshold for the nomination -- a fact limiting his negotiating power at the convention and before -- but she will want voters from his wing of the party to remain engaged going into the fall.Another factor potentially impacting Sanders’ plan to persevere: Donald Trump. Sanders has said repeatedly that his priority will be make sure a Republican does not win in November. Should Trump in fact start quoting him, the pressure from all sides could make him change how he talks about Clinton. Sanders’ notably did not mention Clinton's paid speeches to Wall Street firms, one of the subjects on which he has been particularly aggressive.A Concession of Ideas, Not Just DelegatesSanders’ most ardent fans have not been surprised by their leader’s defiance. After all, the senator has been arguing all along that the country’s entire political system is fundamentally broken and platforms of the Democratic Party are too narrow. He has spoken since the beginning of building a movement, not just electing a candidate. To back Clinton now could look like a concession of ideas, not just delegates.“It's not just about Bernie, It's about the mindset that Bernie has. He’s all about for the people not individual,” Mary Crow, 20, a student and Sanders’ fan said Tuesday night in at Sanders’ rally in Huntington, West Virginia. She had made matching shirts with her friend, Rapen Hall, that read “#BernieorBust #NeverHillary #NeverTrump.”“I firmly believe that there will be people just like him in the future. I don't think it's over. Even if he doesn't win, it’s just beginning,” Hall continued. “I can't believe how many people turned up today [Tuesday].”For Sanders, a political revolution means in large part more active civil engagement, and Sanders reiterated Wednesday that whether he is elected or not he wants to see voter turnout increase substantially across the country. By continuing his speaking tour and delivering addresses mostly on college campuses, Sanders can in theory continue to gin up support and enthusiasm around his issues, though it remains to be seen where or how he will ask his fans to specifically direct their efforts should his campaign officially end.Sanders has just begun using his email list and fundraising machine to back local candidates whose agendas align with his. In last few weeks, he has sent fundraising emails in support of three congressional candidates in Nevada, Washington State and New York, perhaps a sign that more of this will come as well. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. 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What Carly Fiorina Has Been Up to Since Suspending Her Campaign


Darren Hauck/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Carly Fiorina may no longer be running for president but she's still active on the campaign trail.The former Hewlett-Packer CEO was the fourth Republican to join the presidential race, making the announcement on "Good Morning America" on May 4.Nine months later, she suspended that campaign after the New Hampshire primary. She won 1 delegate in the Iowa primary.In a Facebook post announcing her decision to leave the race, she said that she would "continue to travel this country and fight for those Americans who refuse to settle for the way things are and a status quo that no longer works for them."According to Federal Election Commission campaign filings, Fiorina's campaign has no outstanding debts.After a four-week blackout, Fiorina returned to social media on March 7. Two days later, she endorsed her former rival Sen. Ted Cruz and she has been actively campaigning for him ever since."He is a fearless fighter and reformer and he didn't much care whether he got invited to the cocktail parties in D.C. We know Ted Cruz is a constitutional conservative because he has fought for our liberties over and over again," she said during her endorsement of Cruz.She has been a fierce defender of Cruz, shutting down speculation about alleged affairs and quickly going after Donald Trump after he retweeted an unflattering photo of Heidi Cruz.In addition to hitting Trump, Fiorina has found a way to turn Cruz’s vulnerabilities into a rallying cry for his supporters. When she endorsed Cruz and in appearances that followed, she picked apart the image that Cruz is hated in Washington."You know, people say all the time, we are all known by the company we keep. I'll tell you what, Ted Cruz should be known [and] is proud to be known by the enemies he has made,” she said on March 9.The pairing has become a true partnership. Cruz has even worked in some of her lines into his speeches, most recently the one of Trump and Hillary Clinton being "two sides of the same coin."She regularly posts clipped videos from her speeches and shares photos of her campaigning for Cruz with the senator and his wife Heidi.Great to be in Fargo with @TedCruz for the North Dakota GOP Convention! pic.twitter.com/c8LEPzKHZH— Carly Fiorina (@CarlyFiorina) April 2, 2016Cruz has confirmed that Fiorina is being vetted as a possible vice presidential pick, but no offers had been made at that point, according to source familiar with the matter.Cruz has also teased a "big announcement" at his press conference later Wednesday afternoon, ramping up speculation that Fiorina could be part of his potential ticket.She didn't do much to quiet the buzz, posting this cryptic message on Tuesday.Why I'll continue to serve: pic.twitter.com/5Rj2hMW7Hx— Carly Fiorina (@CarlyFiorina) April 26, 2016Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Ted Cruz to Announce Carly Fiorina as Vice President Pick


ABC News(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz will announce later Wednesday that Carly Fiorina is his preference for vice presidential running mate, according to a top Cruz campaign aide.Cruz is expected to make the announcement at a campaign rally scheduled Wednesday in Indianapolis at 4 p.m. ET.Cruz said Monday that his campaign is in the process of vetting a short list of potential vice presidential picks. An aide to Fiorina confirmed that she was being vetted by the Cruz campaign."I have said from the beginning the most important attribute for any running mate is that he or she should be prepared to step in and fulfill the role as president," Cruz said Wednesday in Indianapolis at a campaign stop.Standing outside an Indianapolis pancake restaurant, Cruz teased the "major announcement," but would not offer any more details about the announcement.“You know, if we were making any announcement at 4 p.m., it wouldn't make sense to announce it at 10 a.m.,” Cruz told reporters.The Texas senator's announcement comes after a night of losses to GOP front-runner Donald Trump in five primaries.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.