A week before the Wisconsin primary, Gov. Scott Walker endorsed Ted Cruz for the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday as the Texas senator tries to slow the advance of front-runner Donald Trump.
Walker’s support gives Cruz the heft of a battle-tested statewide political operation. Walker survived a 2012 recall election stemming from his fight to curb the power of organized labor in Wisconsin. In 2014, Walker won a second term as governor just as he began running for president.
In an interview with a Milwaukee conservative radio host, Charlie Sykes, Walker called Cruz a decent man who loves his wife and children.
A major point of contention within the Republican presidential primary is whether losing candidates will support the party's eventual nominee.
All of them have promised to do so, including Donald Trump. However, Trump, the New York businessman and current Republican front-runner, backed out of that pledge during a CNN town hall on Tuesday night.
"I have been treated very unfairly," he said.
Mar. 29, 2016, 6:24 p.m.
That's the argument of a 5-year-old.
Anderson Cooper of CNN, responding to Donald Trump saying 'I didn't start' a feud with Ted Cruz over their wives
And in doing so, Trump sought to cast blame on the reporter, Michelle Fields, who pressed charges against campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.
"This young woman who complained was talking about maybe being thrown to the floor ... Did anybody see the tape?" Trump, the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, asked supporters at a town hall in Janesville, Wis. "What did you think?"
Mar. 29, 2016, 3:57 p.m.
I’m not going to destroy a man for that.
Donald Trump, speaking to supporters in Wisconsin about his campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. Lewandowski was charged with battery after an incident with a reporter this month.
Hillary Clinton said Donald Trump ultimately bears responsibility for the legal troubles of his campaign manager, who was charged Tuesday with battery following an altercation with a reporter.
Asked whether the accusation by a female journalist against Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski will hurt Trump with female voters, Clinton replied: "The reporter who brought the charge deserves a lot of credit for following through on the way she was physically handled at an event, and I think the charges being brought today certainly suggest that the authorities thought that her story was credible.”
Clinton, speaking to reporters after a tour of the Pearl Street Brewery in La Crosse, Wis., laid the blame on Trump.