Ted Cruz team blames Marco Rubio for failure to stop Donald Trump
CNN's Jack Tapper reports that top advisers to Ted Cruz are convinced Donald Trump could have been stopped if Rubio had agreed to be Cruz's running mate, and blame Rubio for not jumping aboard. Unnamed Cruz campaign officials say the campaigned polled North Carolina, Illinois, Missouri, and Arizona to test Cruz-Rubios vs. Trump:
"Blowout," said a source close to Cruz. "65%-35%," with Trump losing.
Through friends and emissaries, the Cruz campaign tried to get Rubio on board.
But Cruz could not reach him on the phone, and others reported back to the Cruz campaign that Rubio did not seem interested in having a discussion about this at all.
"He went off the grid," said a source close to Cruz. Cruz campaign officials speculated that Rubio was interested in preserving his political viability for a contested GOP convention or the 2020 race.