BURLINGAME – Picking up on Sen. Ted Cruz’s criticism of environmental protections for fish in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, Carly Fiorina, Cruz’s newly-announced running mate, moved Saturday to reinforce his presidential campaign’s appeal to conservatives and farm interests in the Central Valley.
California Republicans endorsed a proposed ballot initiative to hasten death penalty appeals and another to boost transparency in the Legislature, but they voted Sunday to oppose legalized marijuana, higher taxes on cigarettes, and a crackdown on guns and ammunition.
Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, speaking at the state Republican Party Convention, dug into the state’s complex water policies Saturday, suggesting that it might be possible to replenish the Delta smelt population with a little romantic music and a disco ball.
The maneuvers of Ted Cruz and John Kasich laid bare the shape of the looming contest in California. Cruz is relying on his superior organization to counter Donald Trump’s populist appeal. Kasich is searching for openings in moderate areas of the state.
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, making his pitch to the GOP convention crowd in Burlingame on Saturday, April 30, 2016, touted his running mate, Carly Fiorina, saying that the former corporate boss "terrifies" Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz mixed some nightclub schtick with serious criticism of current regulations and policies as he addressed California's GOP convention on Saturday, April 30, 2016, in Burlingame. His biggest laugh line came while talking about the Delta smelt, protected by the Endangered Species Act, which he basically said would make a nice hors d'oeuvres. Cruz also derided "out-of-control liberalism."
Ted Cruz needs Indiana’s evangelical voters, but even with an endorsement from Gov. Mike Pence, religious-minded voters don’t seem inclined to give him a boost ahead of Tuesday’s must-win Republican presidential primary against Donald Trump and John Kasich.
Donald Trump, rallying supporters amid a second consecutive day of protests, called on Friday for the Republican Party to unite around his candidacy, even as he chastised the party’s nominating process and mocked his rivals.
Donald Trump, touching off his presidential campaign in California ahead of the state’s critical primary, said Thursday that California has suffered more than any other state from “open borders,” while pinning crime in the Los Angeles area to illegal immigration.