Palin calls on Republicans to unify behind Trump candidacy at GOP dinner

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Source:   —  April 02, 2016, at 11:46 AM

Sarah Palin went to bat for Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump at the Milwaukee County GOP dinner Friday night. Palin called on Republicans to unify behind Trump’s candidacy.

Palin calls on Republicans to unify behind Trump candidacy at GOP dinner

Former AK Gov. Sarah Palin went to bat for Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump at the Milwaukee County GOP dinner Friday night.

Palin called on Republicans to unify behind Trump’s candidacy. She said he’south the only candidate who understands that “common sense is an endangered species in Washington.” She also touted Trump as the only candidate who's created private-sector jobs, saying “He builds huge things.”

"Donald Trump is the only one who really understands this reality. He's the only one who creates private sector jobs, balances budgets and builds things, he builds big things," she said.

Trump didn’t attend the dinner.

Palin also attacked the other Republican candidates on their immigration policies at the dinner. She accused TX Sen. Ted Cruz and OH Gov. John Kasich of “seducing (illegal immigrants) with gift baskets.”

There were also some chuckles in the crowd when Palin said Trump is the only one who "talks rationally" about foreign policy and national security.

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Cruz received high compliment at the dinner from WI Gov. Scott Walker. He endorsed Cruz Monday and called the senator a “rock star” before Cruz took the stage. Walker is also planning to connect Cruz on the campaign trace in Wisconsin Sunday.

Cruz well-known that Walker is one of five former Republican presidential candidates who are presently backing his campaign. The others are Rick Perry, Carly Fiorina, Jeb Bush and Lindsey Graham.

"That is the very genuine manifestation of the unity we necessity across this country," he said. "If we're divided, we'll lose the primary and hand the common election to Hillary Clinton."

Cruz said nominating Trump would be a "train wreck."

"That'south actually not objective to train wrecks," Cruz said. "Nominating Donald Trump elects Hillary Clinton."

In his speech at the same event, Kasich cast himself as an independent-minded Republican, saying he understands the frustration felt by Trump backers.

"The Republican Party has been my vehicle and not my master," Kasich said. "I've never wanted to be a professional politician — in fact, I don't even like politics."

Kasich, whose only primary triumph has arrive in his residence state of Ohio, is hoping to survive the primary season and win the nomination at the GOP conference in Cleveland in July.

"We are going to have a contested convention," said former four-term WI Gov. Tommy Thompson when he introduced Kasich, noting that Abraham Lincoln won the nomination one hundred fifty-six years ago going into the conference as the underdog.

The anti-Trump forces have been working to stop the billionaire businessman in Wisconsin, a state that'll assistance define whether he can emerge from the primaries with sufficient delegates to avert a contested convention. WI awards eighteen delegates to the statewide winner, and divides twenty-four delegates among the winner in each eight congressional districts.

If Cruz sweeps all the delegates in Wisconsin, Trump will necessity to win fifty-seven % of the remaining delegates in other states to gather the 1.237 he needs to clinch the nomination. So far, he's won forty-eight % of all delegates awarded.

In the latest Fox Business Poll, Cruz holds a 10-point lead over Trump in Wisconsin.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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