Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump asks voters for a Wisconsin win, saying ''wouldn't you like to take the credit in Wisconsin for ending it?''. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Donald Trump tried to put a difficult week behind him on Monday (April 4) as he neared Tuesday's Republican presidential contest in Wisconsin, where he is campaigning from the unfamiliar position of underdog. During a rally in La Crosse, Wisconsin, Trump called on residents to give him their votes, saying "If we don't win here, it's not over. But wouldn't you like to take the credit in Wisconsin for ending it? And then we can focus on Hillary instead of these two guys (referring to Ted Cruz and John Kasich)." The Republican front-runner is at risk of losing the Midwestern state to U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, an outcome that would dent the New York billionaire's aura of inevitability and make it harder for him to win the 1,237 delegates needed for the party's nomination for the Nov. 8 election. Trailing Cruz in the polls in Wisconsin, Trump spent the entire weekend campaigning in the state and planned to draw in his wife, Melania, on Monday. He stayed on message, telling supporters in West Allis, Wisconsin, on Sunday night that Cruz was a liar and a "dirty rotten cheater" who is weak on immigration and would cut Social Security benefits. During the rally on Monday, Trump pointed fingers at the politicians currently in power, saying, "If our presidents and our politicians went on vacation for 365 days a year, if they went to the beach, we'd be in much better shape right now in the Middle East." A loss would add to Trump's woes after his campaign was rocked last week by the fallout from his suggestion, which he later dialed back, that women be punished for getting abortions if the procedure is banned. Uncharacteristically, Trump also acknowledged that he made a mistake retweeting an attack on Cruz's wife, according to the New York Times. He also drew fire last week for saying he would not rule out using nuclear weapons in Europe and that Japan and South Korea might need their own nuclear arsenals to ease the U.S. financial commitment to their security.