Republican presidential candidate John Kasich says a deal that has him working with rival Ted Cruz to block front-runner Donald Trump from winning the nomination is ''not a big deal.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Republican presidential candidate John Kasich says the 'stop Trump' strategy that has him teaming up with rival Ted Cruz is not a sign that he is "desperate." Speaking to reporters at a campaign stop in Philadelphia, Kasich said "it's not a big deal" that he and Cruz are working together to divide up three state primary contests in an attempt to block front-runner Donald Trump from winning the party's nomination. Trump has blasted the unusual agreement by saying it was "sad" that the two fellow Republicans had to team up to in order to try to defeat him. On Sunday, the Cruz and Kasich campaigns announced a deal to concentrate their efforts and resources in state contests where each has a better shot. Cruz will focus on Indiana's May 3 primary without competition from Kasich, while Cruz will stand aside in favor of Kasich in Oregon's May 17 primary and New Mexico's June 7 contest. Cruz, a U.S. senator from Texas, and Kasich, Ohio's governor, hope their efforts will weaken Trump in those states and keep him from securing enough delegates to claim the Republican nomination before the party convention beginning July 18. The deal comes as a handful of mid-Atlantic states prepare for primary elections on Tuesday.