Ted Cruz says Donald Trump's opposition to North Carolina bathroom law is sign he's giving in to “political correctness”

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By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2016 presidential campaign (all times Eastern Daylight Time):

11:35 a.m.

Ted Cruz is criticizing Donald Trump for opposing North Carolina’s new bathroom law, saying his rival is giving in to “political correctness.”

Trump said earlier Thursday that North Carolina should not have passed the law directing transgender people to use the bathroom that matches the gender on their birth certificate.

Cruz supports the North Carolina measure and says, “Grown adult men, strangers, should not be alone in a bathroom with little girls.” He says his view is “basic common sense.”

Cruz is campaigning in Frederick, Maryland, where voters will cast their ballots Tuesday.

11:30 a.m.

Some prominent Southern Democrats supporting Hillary Clinton want Bernie Sanders to stop dismissing his rival’s landslide Democratic primary wins across the GOP-dominated region.

Southern primaries account for a considerable portion of Clinton’s national lead in pledged delegates and the popular vote. Sanders in recent weeks said the results “distort reality,” and he’s suggested the results aren’t indicative of the Democratic Party because they came from the country’s “most conservative region.”

Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Don Fowler of South Carolina, among others, penned a letter this week to the Vermont senator noting the region’s racial diversity accurately reflects the national Democratic coalition. Clinton has won non-white voters by large margins.

They noted President Barack Obama leaned on a similar coalition of voters in the 2008 primary and both his general election victories.

Citing the Republican power in the region, Fowler and his colleagues argued that “our national Democratic leaders” should “invest in our races and causes_to amplify our voices, not diminish them.”

10:40 a.m.

Donald Trump says he will deliver a foreign affairs address on Wednesday, the first in a series of policy speeches for the Republican front-runner.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Trump says he is also planning a speech outlining more details on his immigration policy, and a separate speech on the military. He says people may be surprised by “how well I’ll handle matters relative to the military.”

Trump says he “may or may not” use teleprompters for his speeches depending on the “level of detail” in policy speeches. Trump almost never relies on a teleprompter, preferring instead to speak in his free-wheeling style at large rallies.

Trump’s advisers have cast the policy speeches as part of a campaign evolution that has included hiring staff with more experience in presidential politics.

10:15 a.m.

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is set to meet with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence ahead of his appearance at a state GOP fundraising dinner in Indianapolis.

Pence’s office says the two will have a private meeting Thursday afternoon at the Governor’s Residence, a day after the Republican governor had a similar meeting with Donald Trump.

Cruz also has an afternoon campaign stop scheduled for a downtown Indianapolis restaurant before Thursday evening’s Republican Party dinner, where tickets cost $150 each and up.

Cruz’s trip and Trump’s Indianapolis campaign rally on Wednesday come as they try to build support ahead of Indiana’s May 3 primary.

Pence hasn’t yet endorsed a presidential candidate, but says he’s willing to meet with all the candidates.

9:25 a.m.

Donald Trump says he opposes replacing President Andrew Jackson with Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill. The Republican presidential front-runner calls it an act of “pure political correctness.”

Trump — during a town hall Thursday on NBC’s “Today Show” — said he’d prefer to leave Jackson on the bill and place Tubman’s image on another denomination instead.

As he puts it: “Maybe we do the $2 bill or we do another bill.”

He says Tubman is “fantastic,” but that Jackson has “been on the bill for many, many years” and “really represented somebody that really was very important to this country.”

8:15 a.m.

Donald Trump says he believes transgender people should be able to use whichever bathroom they choose.

Speaking at a town hall event on NBC’s “Today” Thursday, Trump said North Carolina’s so-called “bathroom law,” which directs transgender people to use the bathroom that matches the gender on their birth certificates, has caused unnecessary strife.

“There have been very few complaints the way it is. People go, they use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate. There has been so little trouble,” he says.

Still, he says he’s opposed to the move to create new, non-gendered bathrooms open to anyone, calling that push “discriminatory in a certain way” and “unbelievably expensive for businesses and the country.”

He says if Caitlyn Jenner, formerly former Olympic gold medal winner Bruce Jenner, were to walk into Trump Tower, she could use whichever bathroom she wanted.

7:45 a.m.

Melania Trump says there’s one habit she wishes her husband, Donald Trump, would give up: “Retweeting.”

The wife of the Republican presidential front-runner offered the response while speaking on NBC’s “Today” ahead of a town hall event taking place in midtown Manhattan.

Melania Trump has long taken issue with her husband’s Twitter use. She told CNN’s Anderson Cooper recently that she’s tried to rein it in, with little success.

“Anderson, if he would only listen. I do say it many times,” she said then.

Trump has long described his social media following as an asset that gives him the power to broadcast his own message.

But it’s also gotten him in trouble.

He does appear to have toned down his Twitter use since re-shuffling of his campaign and bringing in more experienced operatives in recent weeks.

3:00 a.m.

The messy fight for the Republican presidential nomination is shifting to a luxury seaside resort in south Florida as Donald Trump and chief rival Ted Cruz quietly court party leaders ahead of another set of high-stakes delegate contests.

Cruz has conceded publicly for the first time that he doesn’t have enough support to claim the nomination before the party’s summertime national convention. But the Texas senator vows to block Trump from collecting the necessary delegates as well.

Campaigning in Indiana on Wednesday, Trump railed against his party’s leadership, even as his senior lieutenants courted GOP officials in Florida.

Trump and the Democratic front-runner, Hillary Clinton, are pushing ahead toward Northeast primaries on an increasingly direct path to their party’s nomination after trouncing their opponents in New York’s primary.