Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz says the math doesn't add up for rival John Kasich to become the GOP nominee, but says the Ohio governor could have a place in a Cruz adminstration. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Ahead of crucial Republican contests on Tuesday, GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz is making the case against rival John Kasich. Speaking to reporters before a rally in Illinois, Cruz said it is "mathematically impossible" for the Ohio governor to win the nomination. Cruz went on to say he would consider having Kasich and rival Marco Rubio join his administration if he is elected president. Republican front-runner Donald Trump has emerged from the early nominating contests with a clear lead in the number of delegates needed to win the party nomination for the Nov. 8 election. He is trailed by Cruz who could seize control of the race with big wins in Tuesday's voting in Ohio, Florida, Illinois, Missouri and North Carolina. Opinion polls also showed him with comfortable leads in all those states, except Ohio, where he is roughly tied with the state's governor John Kasich. Kasich, trailing in the delegate count and seen as needing to win in his home state to stay in the race, was getting campaign help on Monday from Mitt Romney, who was the party's 2012 presidential candidate and who delivered a furious attack on Trump this month. Trump, a real estate magnate and former reality television star, has fired up enthusiastic crowds with his promise to "make America great again." But he has bucked Republican orthodoxy on policies including free trade and offended a range of Americans with his calls to temporarily ban Muslims from the country and deport illegal immigrants. In Florida, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, a favorite of the party establishment, has staked his survival in the campaign on winning in his home state. He has also suggested a tactical vote to stop Trump - encouraging his supporters in Ohio to cast their vote for Kasich.