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Trump rails against rivals’ deal to step aside in some states

Donald Trump stepped up the insults of his Republican competitors after news of a non-compete agreement between Gov. John Kasich and Sen. Ted Cruz, in a bid to deprive Trump of a majority of delegates going into this summer's convention. Judy Woodruff reports.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The Republican presidential race is suddenly boiling again over a deal to deny the nomination to the front-runner. The news came last night that John Kasich and Ted Cruz will give each other a clear path in selected states.

    The response came today.

    DONALD TRUMP (R), Republican Presidential Candidate: Did you see the news today? Did you see where they band together, where they collude? You know, it's collusion.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Donald Trump had already blasted his rivals in late-night tweets. Today, he railed against them in Rhode Island.

  • DONALD TRUMP:

    If you collude in business or if you collude in the stock market, they put you in jail. But, in politics, because it's a rigged system, because it's a corrupt enterprise, in politics, you're allowed to collude.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The Cruz-Kasich noncompete calls for the Texas senator to stop campaigning in Oregon and New Mexico, and for Kasich to stay away from Indiana.

    SEN. TED CRUZ (R-TX), Republican Presidential Candidate: God bless the great state of Indiana.

    (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Today, in Borden, Indiana, Cruz reveled in the opportunity to go head-to-head with Trump in the May 3 primary.

  • SEN. TED CRUZ:

    I understand that Donald will whine. That is what he does. Donald is a sore loser. I get that the Trump campaign is scared. They're scared of Indiana.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Kasich campaigned in Philadelphia, painting the agreement as nothing out of the ordinary.

    GOV. JOHN KASICH (R-OH), Republican Presidential Candidate: What's the big deal? We're going to go to a convention. It's going to be an open convention and then the delegates will pick that person who can do the best in the fall.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    All of which had Trump stepping up the insults. He called Kasich a stubborn child who eats in a disgusting fashion. And he dismissed Cruz as a basket case.

    Democrat Hillary Clinton took her own shots at Trump as she stumped in Wilmington, Delaware.

    HILLARY CLINTON (D), Democratic Presidential Candidate: If you want to be president of the United States, you have got to get familiar with the United States. Don't just fly that big jet in and land it and go make a big speech and insult everybody you can think of.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Clinton's increasingly long-shot rival, Bernie Sanders, campaigned through Connecticut and Pennsylvania, insisting he's still viable.

    SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (VT-I), Democratic Presidential Candidate: In fact, if you look at some of the national polls in the last couple weeks, guess what? We're winning a few of them.

    (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

  • SEN. BERNIE SANDERS:

    Turns out that in all the national polls and the state polls, we are 15, 20 points ahead of Trump.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Both Sanders and Clinton will appear in town halls in Philadelphia tonight.

    We will analyze all of this later in the program.

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