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Front-runners look to shake rival candidates in Indiana

Campaigning in Indiana, Ted Cruz faced off with backers of Republican front-runner Donald Trump about why he's staying in the race, ahead of the crucial primary. Sen. Bernie Sanders was also in the state, vowing to "fight for every last vote" despite Hillary Clinton's commanding lead in delegates. John Yang reports.

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  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    It's the eve of the presidential primaries in the Hoosier State; 57 delegates are at stake for Republicans. And Ted Cruz is trying to wrestle whatever he can away from his rival Donald Trump.

    John Yang has our report.

  • MAN:

    You are the problem, politician. You are the problem.

  • JOHN YANG:

    Ted Cruz went for broke today, trying to pull off a crucial primary win in Indiana. This afternoon, he faced off with backers of Republican front-runner Donald Trump.

    SEN. TED CRUZ (R-TX), Republican Presidential Candidate: I think anyone that wants to be president owes it to the people of this state to come in front of you and ask for your support. And I'm running to be everyone's president, those who vote for me and those who don't.

  • MAN:

    We don't want you.

  • SEN. TED CRUZ:

    Well, you're entitled to your view, sir. And I will respect it.

    (CROSSTALK)

  • MAN:

    Do the math.

    (CROSSTALK)

  • MAN:

    You asked Kasich to drop out. It is your turn.

  • SEN. TED CRUZ:

    Well…

  • MAN:

    Take your own words.

  • JOHN YANG:

    But the words drop out don't seem to be in Cruz's vocabulary, not yet anyway.

  • SEN. TED CRUZ:

    I am in for the distance as long. As we have a viable path to victory, I am competing to the end.

    And the reason is simple. Listen, this isn't about me. It isn't about Donald Trump. It isn't about any of the candidates. This is about our country and our future.

  • JOHN YANG:

    An Associated Press analysis has Cruz trailing Trump in the race for the nomination by more than 400 delegates. Cruz won't win the delegates he needs to win for a first-ballot nomination, so he is trying to keep Trump from locking up the nomination before the convention in Cleveland.

    Trump spent the day making his final pitch in the Indianapolis area.

    DONALD TRUMP (R), Republican Presidential Candidate: Honestly, if we win Indiana, it's over. It's over.

    (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

  • DONALD TRUMP:

    And if we don't, I will win it next week, or the week after, or the week after. It's fine, because they have no path, whereas I have a very easy path. I mean, we will win it on the first ballot.

  • JOHN YANG:

    Farther south, in Evansville, Democrat Bernie Sanders was whipping up support, not just for the Indiana primary, but also for his effort to keep his campaign alive until the convention.

    SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (VT-I), Democratic Presidential Candidate: The way the system works is, you have establishment candidates who win virtually all of the superdelegates. It makes it hard for insurgent candidacies like ours to win. But you know what? We're going to fight for every last vote. And we're going to…

    (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

  • JOHN YANG:

    Hillary Clinton has a commanding lead in delegates and seemed to be looking beyond the convention. Today, she campaigned in Kentucky.

    HILLARY CLINTON (D), Democratic Presidential Candidate: Here in Eastern Kentucky, and obviously West Virginia, and Southeast Ohio, Appalachia coal has taken a huge hit. Talk about a ripple effect. It is just decimating communities.

  • JOHN YANG:

    Late today, she paid a visit to West Virginia.

    For the "PBS NewsHour," I'm John Yang.

  • HARI SREENIVASAN:

    We will take a deeper look at the presidential campaign with Politics Monday right after the news summary.

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