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BOOM: Indiana Governor Mike Pence to Endorse Ted Cruz

BOOM: Indiana Governor Mike Pence to Endorse Ted Cruz

Game changer?

Just in: Indiana’s Governor Mike Pence will will endorse ted cruz this afternoon.

57 Republican delegates are up for grabs in Indiana’s primary Tuesday. Ted Cruz is banking on Indiana and their winner-take-all primary to keep Donald Trump from reaching 1,237 delegates before the convention.

And here’s Pence’s endorsement.

Most reluctant endorsement in history or THE most reluctant endorsement in history?

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Certainly won’t hurt but indiana isn’t Wisconsin and Scott Walker. Also comes pretty late.

    “indiana isn’t Wisconsin and Scott Walker.” No hock, Sherlock! Your intellect is dizzying!

    And to repeat the obvious for Britt, Trump isn’t a conservative.

    Trump is blathering gold sharpie with nothing to say but says it anyway.

    Trump’s foreign policy is truly “foreign” to anyone’s understanding. It is a mockery of American interests.

    When you can’t adequately define a problem and the policy to attack the problem and then boast that you’re going to put America before other countries – this is sheer mockery.

    Trump hasn’t taken he time to learn what it takes. He truly believes that he deserves things right out of his thin air, just like his vapid followers.

    justicewarrior in reply to Gary Britt. | April 29, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    Gary — so far you have been pretty much on target. Some of these down voting “conservatives” are as hysterical as progressives.

    Keep up the good prognosticating.

    legalbeagle in reply to Gary Britt. | April 29, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    Anyone “swayed” by a late, last minute endorsement of Mike Pence is more than “low information”. It is more like low neural pathways.

Seems determination runs deep in the Black Knights of Ted Cruz.

This will totally change the momentum of the election, and stop Trump in his tracks! Right KK?

    practicalconservative in reply to Wisewerds. | April 29, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    Goodness — Mike Pence. The election is over!!!!

    Cruz wins with a last second shot at the Buzzer!!! Look at Coach Bobbie Knight folks.

    Hope springs eternal Kemberlee?

Might get the fallout from the Cruz/Kasich deal out of the news for a while.

    Kauf Buch in reply to rotten. | April 29, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    For that matter, it might be a good distraction
    from his chioce of that
    woman RINO (did she mention she’s a woman?)
    as veep.

Remember this whine from three weeks ago…

Donald J. Trump


Isn’t it a shame that the person who will have by far the most delegates and many millions more votes than anyone else, me, still must fight
10:07 PM – 8 Apr 2016

9,304 9,304 Retweets

Yeh. Good times. Good times.

The Donelle should have just been given the trophy. What a travesty…!!!

Wow, a rat boarding an already sunk ship. Wow.

    I disagree. Pence seems like a decent guy and the endorsement seemed like something somebody twisted his arm to get.

    This is definitely NOT Scott Walker in Wisconsin. There will be no governor’s machine pushing voters to the polls for Cruz.

The great cartoonist Ramirez gets it…totally…!!!

Just watched the Pence endorsement live. It was a very tepid and neutral endorsement. Definitely NOT a game changer. He led off with several sentences about how he liked Donald Trump and how he appreciated very much Trump’s economic agenda and bringing to the fore of the election stupid trade deals and outsourcing of jobs, etc. He specifically stated he was NOT against any candidate in the race. He then finally mentioned Cruz and basically said Cruz was the most conservative candidate and that is why he was personally going to vote for Cruz.

He did NOT call on voters to vote for Cruz. Just said why he was going to personally vote for cruz.

Then he closed by saying no matter who wins the republican nomination he was going to strongly support that candidate and do everything in his power to get that candidate elected.

This is probably better for Cruz than the Fiorina hail mary pass, but not by a lot.

Commenters on TV saying it sounded like a reluctant endorsement squeezed out of Mr. Pence by the big GOPe donors.

    Also note this reluctant endorsement did NOT come at a Cruz campaign event, and I will be very surprised if Pence EVER appears at a Cruz campaign rally to repeat his non-endorsement endorsement.

Kimberly, not a BOOM. More like a child’s pop gun.


A governor with lukewarm popularity gives an endorsement to a guy that has been mathematically eliminated from becoming the Republican nominee. And we say “boom”?

If it is a game changer at all, it will come in the form of the governor’s reelection campaign. Will we get a follow up article talking about how this endorsement didn’t mean squat if Trump wins Indiana?

Bobby Knight was much more of a game changer.

    Ragspierre in reply to Mr. Izz. | April 29, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    You left out Mike Tyson!

    Bobby Knight admitted he doesn’t know a conservative from anything else. No wonder he supports Der Donald!

    Bullies and thugs recognize members of their cohort.

    I certainly hope that all the cruzbots in Indiana are saying lots of bad things about Bobby Knight.

Two Midwestern “Flyover Country” Governors endorse @TedCruz.

The fat cat governor of crony capitalism’s ethanol subsidies did not.

The purpose of endorsements is not to whip up votes. It is to line up backers.

But this one has a slightly unusual wrinkle; the one who needs backers is Pence, more than Cruz. Pence’s own reelection campaign is very tight—I think the polls show him tied with the Dem right now—and, November still being quite a ways off, he’ll need GOPe money.

What endorsement would put Pence In with the In Crowd? Most probably Kasich.

But Kasich isn’t running in Indiana. Bummer! What to do?

Endorse the only option left.

This is an act of desperation, but for Pence, rather than for Cruz.

I expect it to have no effect whatever on the Trump vs. Cruz vote.

Trump internals from Indiana as of Thursday 4/28:
Trump – 51%
Cruz – 32%
Kasich – 13%


    Do you have a link or source for this. Just curious. I didn’t know Trump was doing private internal polls. Certainly hope you are correct.

    spartan in reply to Kauf Buch. | April 29, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    Probably released in anticipation of this:

    Ted Cruz is leading Republican front-runner Donald Trump by double digits in Indiana heading in to next Tuesday’s primary, according to a state poll released on Friday afternoon.

    Cruz leads Trump by 16 points, 45-29 percent, among registered voters in the state according to a poll released by the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics. Underdog candidate John Kasich follows in third place with 13 percent of the vote, while another 13 percent of voters remain undecided.

    FTR, campaigns rarely, if ever, give out their internal poll numbers.

      The poll you cite is of registered voters as oposed to likely republican voters. Indiana is an open primary state. A registered voter poll would miss all the independents and democrats intending to vote in gop primary and would over represent the views of those with no intention of voting.

      In short this poll has only the possibility of being accidentally accurate. Which isn’t likely at all.

        genes in reply to Gary Britt. | April 29, 2016 at 8:11 pm

        “The telephone poll of 400 likely Republican voters was conducted April 13 to 27 by Research Solution Center for the Downs Center, and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4.9 percent. The Downs Center said 15.8 percent of respondents identified themselves as political independents who plan to vote in the GOP primary.”–Cruz-favored-by-Hoosier-Republicans-in-IPFW-poll-12818419
        Preference by self-reported party:
        Likely Republican
        Primary Voters Republicans (65%) Other (35%)

        Cruz 34% 28%
        Kasich 17% 29%
        Trump 42% 38%

        Ragspierre in reply to Gary Britt. | April 29, 2016 at 8:42 pm

        “The Downs Center commissioned a statewide poll to target likely voters in the Democratic and Republican primary elections on May 3. “The polling uses head-to-head race results as well as the strength of support and characteristics of candidates’ supporters,” the release stated. “It is important to note that the results reflect a snapshot in time of Hoosier attitudes in a period with very fluid campaign events. The poll’s margin of error is 4.9 percent.”

        Among the Republican presidential candidates, voters were asked if they were casting a ballot now, who they’d pick. Cruz got 44.8 percent to Trump’s 29 percent and John Kasich’s 13.3 percent. Thirteen percent were undecided. When asked if their preference for those candidates was strong, responses for Cruz were 81.6 percent to 70.7 for Trump and 56.6 for Kasich.”

        Also, the Indiana primary is “sorta closed”, meaning you have to declare a party and stick to that party’s ticket.

      amwick in reply to spartan. | April 29, 2016 at 8:05 pm

      The Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics was supposed to have conducted this very interesting poll. If you look at their website, It doesn’t mention it anywhere. Maybe it was the other Mike Downs Center.

Latest ARG Public Poll For Indiana. This poll is POST Fiorina:

IN – 2016 GOP Presidential Primary: Donald Trump 41% – Ted Cruz 32% – John Kasich 21% – (ARG 04/29/2016)

Method: Phone

Date: 04/27/2016 – 04/28/2016

Voters: 400 (Likely voters)

Margin of Error: 5 %

Full Result:

Trump 41%
Cruz 32%
Kasich 21%

See more at:

Game changer? Did someone forgot the /sarc tag? Then again, anything could happen.

Common Sense | April 29, 2016 at 2:46 pm

Cruz describing a basketball hoop-That ring! Priceless!

Poll: Trump leads Indiana by 9 points

Good endorsement for Cruz — a lot better than Amnesty shill Fiorina. Pence sounded sincere, and is a respectable conservative.

But the REAL headline should be:

Pence Vows to “Work My Heart Out” for the Republican Nominee in 2016
Implicitly Rejects Infantile #NeverTrump Quislings

Gosh, Get a grip “Boom”? I think Bernie has a better chance of beating Hilary in Ind. than Cruz beating Trump. I guess I better go out and play a little ring. Any one for HORSE.
I have a stock pile of cheese for sale too.

RCP Indiana:

RCP Average 4/18 – 4/28 — — 39.2 33.2 19.0 Trump +6.0

ARG* 4/27 – 4/28 400 LV 5.0 41 32 21 Trump +9

Clout Research (R) 4/27 – 4/27 423 LV 4.8 37 35 16 Trump +2

CBS News/YouGov 4/20 – 4/22 548 LV 6.6 40 35 20 Trump +5

FOX News 4/18 – 4/21 602 LV 4.0 41 33 16 Trump +8

WTHR/Howey Politics 4/18 – 4/21 507 LV 4.3 37 31 22 Trump +6

    DaMav in reply to Gary Britt. | April 29, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Betcha Rabid Pierre won’t like the “statistical method” of any of these

    “Number crunching Britt spits out a Hillary win in November.”

      Did I miss the word “endorsement” by Gov Pence in this non-event? This is the most unusual low key, delayed, praise everyone “endorsement” I have ever seen. Someone must have threatened Pence with two root channels, and he relented and said OK I’ll say I’m voting for Cruz.. A “BOOMLET” is what this is.

        You are correct Pence never said that he endorsed Cruz. He did say he supports Cruz. He did not call on voters to vote for Cruz either.

        It was a non-endorsement endorsement.

Trooper York | April 29, 2016 at 5:48 pm

You know that Ted Cruz needs a game changer in Indiana.

He doesn’t know anything about basketball.

He can only talk about hockey.

It’s a Canadian thing.

You’ve heard of moving the goal posts. LI thinks this is like lowering the basketball ring.

Is this the same Mike Pence who threw the family pizza parlor to the social justice mob a year or so ago? It’s a conservative/republican thing.

PPP is in the field for the latest West Virginia poll and they are saying early results indicate that WV looks like another 60% state for Trump.

    PhillyGuy in reply to PhillyGuy. | April 30, 2016 at 1:28 am

    Trump campaign says they are at 1002 confirmed delegates. WV has 34 delegates, NJ has 51 delegates and Oregon has 28 delegates or a total of 113 delegates.

    These 3 states are all possible sweeps for Trump. It would put him 122 delegates short.

The pence endorsement is on par with the cruz/kasich alliance and the fiorina VP announcement. In other words the “BOOM” is the cruz campaign self destructing. Well, what little is left to self destruct.