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Walker: If Cruz wins Wisconsin, all changes

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Republican presidential candidate, Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., speaks during an education summit, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, in Londonderry, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
Republican presidential candidate, Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, in his first joint appearance with former presidential rival Ted Cruz, implored hundreds of Republican Party activists and insiders on Friday to back the Texas senator, saying a win for him next week will change momentum in the race and unite the party.

Cruz, who called Walker a “rock star,” hugged the two-term governor as he took the stage at an event just four days before Wisconsin’s primary. Ohio Gov. John Kasich and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, speaking on behalf of Donald Trump, also attended the Milwaukee County GOP dinner.

Cruz won Walker’s endorsement Monday, giving him a boost as he looks to win Wisconsin and its 42 delegates. Walker planned to campaign with Cruz across the state Sunday.

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

“That is the very real manifestation of the unity we need across this country,” he said. “If we are divided, we will lose the primary and hand the general election to Hillary Clinton.”

Cruz said nominating Trump would be a “train wreck.”

“That’s actually not fair 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 victory has come in his home state of Ohio, is hoping to survive the primary season and win the nomination at the GOP convention in Cleveland in July.

“We are going to have a contested convention,” said former four-term Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson when he introduced Kasich, noting that Abraham Lincoln won the nomination 156 years ago going into the convention as the underdog.

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

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

It’s been a rough week for Trump in Wisconsin. He’s had to defend his campaign manager after he was charged with an altercation with a female reporter, backtracked from comments that women should be punished for having abortions, stumbled through three interviews with unfriendly conservative Wisconsin talk radio hosts and watched Cruz leapfrog him in public polling.

The anti-Trump forces have been working to stop the billionaire businessman in Wisconsin, a state that will help determine whether he can emerge from the primaries with enough delegates to avoid a contested convention. Wisconsin awards 18 delegates to the statewide winner, and divides 24 delegates among the winner in each eight congressional districts.

If Cruz sweeps all the delegates in Wisconsin, Trump will need to win 57 percent of the remaining delegates in other states to collect the 1,237 he needs to clinch the nomination. So far, he has won 48 percent of all delegates awarded.

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25 thoughts on “Walker: If Cruz wins Wisconsin, all changes”

  1. Dear Wisonsins,
    68% fair minded GOP voters agree the nomination SHOULD go the person with most votes. This is democracy. Don’t let underhand unfair unethical tactics to steal the votes and rights of the people. This will not results any good to the country or its people. There is no way Cruz or Kasich getting the nomination. at this point. It will be against the WILL of the people. Trump has close to 50% of GOP now. This figure could be much higher, because media are not showing all the true poll results. A resent online poll I participated Trump had 79%, which they never publish. Do not vote for some one who cannot be elected democratically. Vote TRUPM the ONLY candidate who has the fair and just and rightful chance for nomination. He is the ONLY one to beat Hillary. Don’t believe any polls the media is showing. They are paid millions to deceive you.

  2. This is why Walker was out of the race so soon. All changes? Come on Walker, Wisconsin has a measly 42 delegates. The race move to NY where Cruz has no chance and Trump will win big and he will increase his lead over Cruz .

  3. Rafael Edwardo Cruz (Ted Cruz) was born on 12/22/70 in Calgary Canada. Cruz claims citizenship because his mother was a citizen of the US. US laws in 1970 state both parents must be citizens of the US and paperwork must be filed before child turns 18 with the Department of Immigration. Since only the mother was a US citizen, this law does not apply. Cruz may have filed for a “Naturalization Certificate”, but this is doubtful, as he feels he is a Natural Born Citizen because of his mother’s citizenship status. Cruz has a Social Security number, how did he prove his citizenship status?
    If he has a Naturalization Certificate only, this does not qualify him as a Natural Born Citizen, which disqualifies him running for President. If he has no proof of citizenship he is an illegal. Nine years of having a Naturalization Certificate is required to become a Senator of the US. Perhaps Cruz is not qualified to be a Senator.

  4. Ted Cruz is the most hated Republican in Washington. His role is being forward as a spoiler for a potential Brokered Convention in which HRC turns out to be the victor. Even Pat Paulsen could defeat Cruz, and he’s been deceased a number of years; no disrespect to Pat’s good memory intended. A vote for Cruz, is a Vote for Hillary!

  5. If you think Trump is a racist who sees any color other than green, you are a gullible fool subject to exploiter-funded media influence. Take a look at his life and career; he has always hired and worked with people of all walks.

    If you think Megyn Kelly isn’t an exploiter (establishment) tool who tried to take down Trump, and you think Trump is a misogynist because of the bloodlust comments he made regarding her (while making bloodlust comments about Chris Wallace at the same time) then you are a gullible fool subject to exploiter-funded media influence. Just like any true capitalist, Trump states “I’m just oblivious to a person’s gender” when dealing with people.

    If you think Trump is an isolationist because he wants fair trade, you are a gullible fool subject to exploiter-funded media influence. “Free-trade” comes at a huge cost to workers in developed countries! The end result is that America will produce nothing and will provide no services outside our borders because services and products will always be cheaper from poorer countries. Anyone who says anything else concerning free-trade is either lying through their teeth, or is completely clueless!

    If you think Trump, who continually says “I love Mexican people,” is a xenophobe because he wants to secure our southern border, you are a gullible fool subject to exploiter-funded media influence. Illegal immigration is destroying our society (their children are almost always below grade level so teachers have to spend most of their time teaching at that level, they lower our wages, they abuse welfare, they bring gangs, and they bring drugs); 90% of the cocaine here comes through our southern border; 80% of the meth and heroin here comes through our southern border!

    If you think Trump is ignorant because he thinks it might be more pragmatic for Japan to have a nuke rather than having 54,000 U.S. troops stationed there at our expense, you are a gullible fool subject to exploiter-funded media influence. The simple fact is that nothing ensures sovereignty like having a nuke. No country with a nuke has been or ever will be invaded. We would have never invaded Iraq if they had a nuke; in fact, the best evidence that we knew they didn’t really have any WMDs was the fact we invaded them. The 54,000 troops we have in Japan are absolutely no deterrent for China or North Korea; what deters them is the fact we have nukes. Furthermore, what will happen to Japan if they can’t defend themselves and we go bankrupt over the next decade or so?

  6. Super-PACs MUST be banned! They give a few wealthy people the ability to shape our entire political system; they allow for absurdly unequal representation! The people funding these PACs are people who have acquired their wealth from selling out America through political favors, endless wars, unfair trade deals, exploiting foreign labor, exploiting illegal labor within our borders, creating insurmountable debt for our children, and maintaining a rigged election process that ensures nothing will change. Super-PACs are a direct conflict of interest and an absolute corrupting force!

    In my opinion, any candidate who doesn’t denounce super-PACs is a SNAKE, and a flat out TRAITOR to America! Exploiter tools Clinton and Cruz should denounce and refuse to abuse super-PACs like Trump and Sanders have instead of letting them trample all over our democracy while feigning ignorance; if they don’t, then F them! Anyone who votes for these conniving two-faced lawyers, who will NEVER speak off the cuff or do anything the exploiters do not want, is voting to continue selling out America!

    If someone with Trump’s resources can’t run without being shredded by super PACs and the exploiter-controlled media, how does someone like me or you have a chance? The answer is that, unless we are puppets (e.g. Cruz and Clinton) paid for by the exploiters, we don’t! The process is rigged; you can watch a great example of how the media takes things out of context and falsely demonizes non-controlled candidates like Trump by searching for and viewing “The Untruth about Donald Trump” video.

  7. Are Herr Scott Walker and Senor Rafael Cruz actually twins who were separated at birth? They laugh alike, they walk alike, At times they even talk alike — You can lose your mind! (Sincere apologies to the Patty Duke (RIP Anna) show). Nobody can dispute that Walker and Cruz think alike; Coddle the rich and keep the working people and the poor in their place. Walker’s endorsement of Cruz would be the only thing that would get me to vote for Trump.

  8. Cruz will win . Trump will start facing loss. Trump need to stop talking against minority and other people Trump has no experience with world and politics

  9. I’ll be praying that Cruz will not win in Wisconsin and that someone kidnaps Walker, and he’s never seen nor heard from again.

  10. Cruz is the Koch brothers Manchurian Candidate. In every way, but also in one that most Americans don’t know about, and probably will never hear about. He’s a “wise user” like the Kochs and the Bundys. He believes the federal government has no constitutional right to own and manage public lands, and that all those lands should be developed for their resources for economic gain. “Wise users” like to say “wilderness is wasted land”. In an ad Cruz aired in the lead up to the NV caucus, he pledged “to work day and night to return control of Nevada’s lands back to their rightful owners, its citizens”.

    http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2016/02/19/3751233/ted-cruz-public-lands-ad/

    The state of Utah passed the Koch funded ALEC bill “Utah Transfer of Public Lands Act” in 2012, demanding the feds turn control of all 31M acres of public lands, including 5 national parks, over to the state. That would mean more development, and even mass sell offs to people like the Koch or Wilks brothers. The Utah legislature recently appropriated $14M to initiate a lawsuit against the feds to accomplish what the act didn’t. It would undoubtedly end up in the Supreme Court eventually.

    Meanwhile, Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) has become the chairman of the House Resource Committee and he and Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) have been pushing another ALEC bill called the “Public Lands Initiative” that would open Utah lands to oil and gas development. Other “wise users” in the Congress are introducing similar bills.

    Imagine Cruz in the White House, working “day and night” to turn control of public lands over to states and citizens like the Koch and Wilks brothers, not to mention appointing Scalia’s replacement so Utah could perhaps win its cause with one of those all too familiar 5-4 splits.

    Cruz is the next “wise use” wolf in sheep’s clothing, following in the footsteps of Reagan (and James Watt) and Bush-Cheney (and Gayle Norton) who never really talk about the views on public lands publicly during campaigns, but are quick to enact a “wise use” agenda as soon as they get in the White House. Not to mention that both Reagan and Bush got the White House through some questionable means (i.e. Iran Contra, Bush v. Gore)

    I fully expect there to be election fraud by Republicans in this coming election. In part because they have been distracting us all with claims of voter fraud, and in part because they see so much as being at stake.

    Walker has known ties to the Kochs, so it’s no surprise or shock that he endorsed Cruz instead of Kasich. Of course Kasich is no bargain when it comes to public lands in his state and oil and gas development either.

    I see a lot of WI license plates when I visit public lands in UT, NV, WY, CO. If cheeseheads aren’t careful, they could help elect a threat to their enjoyment of public lands. We could all run into “Keep out. Private property. No trespassing” signs when we go West the next time.

  11. With his Gilded Age economic ideology that he will blindly follow without regard to reality or logic or consequences, it’s certain that Ted Cruz will create a 2nd Great Depression that will devastate America.

  12. The Establishment upper class wing of the GOP will simply not allow the representative of the lower class wing (Trump) to be the nominee. The establishment are puppets of CEO donors who are pro-free trade and accommodating to illegals because those policies lead to lower wages and higher profit margins and higher profits for the CEOs. Of course those same policies destroy the incomes of Trump voters.

  13. Walker currently enjoys a whooping 31% approval rating in his state. So how does that work exactly, particularly because he was practically laughed out of his presidential campaign?

  14. Go Trump. If Trump is not the republican candidate than my and millions of others will vote for either Hillary or Bernie. The established republicans are pure scum.

  15. The GOP establishment are so dirty and no wonder voters hate them.
    Trump has already won more delegates than any other GOP candidates and yet the GOP establishment still try to twist and turn and shuffle and do whatever else they come up with day by day in trying to steal the nomination from Donald Trump.
    Very soon, the GOP establishment may come up with the line:” WHAT THE HELL WITH THE VOTERS, WE ARE THE ESTABLISHMENT AND WE ALWAYS DO WHAT WE WANT.”

    • Have all the fun you need, Ted, in Wisconsin. This state has never been a jewel to Trump – not that kind of a state. Very establishment state in many respects. Wisconsin never was seen as a must win for Trump. However, Trump is close, so who knows, he just might take it. Not excited either way about this state. After New York there is no looking back for Trump and it is all desperation for Cruz at that point and Kasich, just internally chortling as to why he is still around.

    • Wealthy exploiters are currently hiring people to disrupt Trump’s rallies through craigslist. You too can be a clueless tool and hold up a “Trump is a racist” sign while yelling at his supporters for $15 per hour.

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