Trump, Cruz get different paths Saturday but stay on the attack

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Source:   —  April 03, 2016, at 4:28 AM

Ted Cruz took different approaches Saturday toward winning the GOP president nomination but stuck with the personal attacks in an effort to discredit each other’s campaign.

Trump, Cruz get different paths Saturday but stay on the attack

Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz took different approaches Saturday toward winning the GOP president nomination but stuck with the personal attacks in an effort to discredit each other’s campaign.

“Such deception and such lying,” the front-running Trump said about Cruz, at a rally in Racine, Wis., after one of the worst weeks of his campaign.

The TX senator was, meanwhile, taking a fast detour from WI to create an appearance at N Dakota'south Republican convention, where presidential delegates are being picked.

Convention-goers are scheduled to select twenty-five of their twenty-eight national delegates on Sunday. ND isn't holding a primary or meeting in the two thousand sixteen Republican race.

Still, before leaving Wisconsin, which holds its primary Tuesday, Cruz said Friday that making Trump the GOP nominee would be a “train wreck.”

Trump and Cruz are in a near race in Wisconsin, with OH Gov. John Kasich running third, according to most polls.

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Trump and Kasich sent supporters to ND on their behalf to create the case that they should be backed by the state’s delegates at the Cleveland conference in July.

Cruz earned an applause in ND when he said the state has become "a powerful energy refuge" and that he'd hold the federal government "the heck out of the way."

The outcome in WI could assistance define whether Trump can engross the Republican nomination without a fight at the party'south conference this summer.

Trump says his wife, Melania, is going to be joining him Monday at campaign events.

In Racine, Trump began the afternoon by defended a series of controversial comments in recent days on NATO, abortion and his admonition that Japan and S Korea should maybe be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons.

"This politics is a tough business because you can declare things one way and the press will criticize you horribly,” he said. “You declare it another way and the press will criticize you horribly."

Among his biggest missteps have been Trump'south recent comments on abortion, which have managed to unite both abortion rights activists and opponents in their criticism.

During a taping of "Face the Nation" on Friday, Trump said he believed that, when it comes to abortion: "The laws are set. And I think we've to leave it that way." His spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, quickly issued a clarification that Trump meant that laws won't modify until he'south president and appoints judges who can interpret them differently.

It was the second time in days that he'd stepped in hot water over the issue. On Wednesday, he'd said women should be punished for getting abortions if they're ever banned -- a position the notoriously unapologetic campaign quickly reversed.

Trump told the audience on Saturday that his words had been repeatedly taken out of context, and complained that he was being held to a different standard than his rivals. He called his comments on "Face the Nation" "perfect" and "so good."

"They took words out that I said," Trump told the rally, implying CBS had edited his reply about keeping abortion laws as they are. But the video made clear there was number editing in the exchange about abortion and his response was given in full.

"It'south a tough question," he added of abortion. "You know, fifty % of the people detest you. Fifty % of the people like you, very simple."

Trump'south comments raised concerns in the Republican Party about whether his unpopularity with women as measured in preference polling would create him unelectable in a common election match-up against Democrat Hillary Clinton.

In an obvious effort to address that concern, Trump is bringing his wife on the campaign trail. His daughter Ivanka, who just had a baby, will also be returning to campaign with him in another week or so, he said.

Trump responded at length to criticism from both of his rivals as well as from President Obama over his call to consider allowing S Korea and Japan to acquire nuclear weapons -- a position the president said betrayed an ignorance of foreign policy and the world.

"Now I didn't declare anything about letting Japan nuke," Trump said. "But I did say, maybe if we can't do the right deal, we'll have to let them get care of themselves."

Trump said, "if that means they'll have to someday obtain nuclear weapons, in all fairness folks, I know the way life works, eventually they're going to probably wish to do it anyway." And he later claimed that his much-panned assertion that NATO was irrelevant was suddenly being embraced by people who'd "studied the organization for thirty years."

Trump said he was favorite in some areas of WI but "in certain areas, the city areas, I'm not doing well. And I'm not doing well because nobody knows my message."

He said people were given misinformation, and partly accused "crazy speak indicate hosts" including Charlie Sykes, with whom he'd a contentious radio interview.

But Trump said he'south hoping he'll be able to win some of those skeptics over as he campaigns across the Wisconsin -- and went so distant to predict, in an afternoon rally in Wausau, that he'd win the state.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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