Donald Trump says Ted Cruz-John Kasich collaboration would be illegal in many industries

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential nomination race (all times local):

1:38 p.m.

Donald Trump is railing against a deal reached by rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich to divvy up a series of upcoming contests to maximize their chances of halting Trump’s march to the GOP nomination.

“It’s collusion,” Trump says of the deal, speaking at a rally in Rhode Island. Trump says that, “if you collude in business or if you collude in the stock market, they put you in jail. But in politics, because it’s a rigged system, because it’s a corrupt enterprise, in politics you’re allowed to collude.” But Trump says he’s actually OK with the decision because it demonstrates his rivals’ weakness.

“It shows how weak they are. It shows how pathetic they are,” he says.

1:08 p.m.

Hillary Clinton took aim at Donald Trump in Delaware Monday, saying the Republican front-runner should come out of his towers and “actually talk and listen to people.”

Before more than 800 people at a Wilmington theater, Clinton did not mention her Democratic rival — Bernie Sanders — and focused instead on Trump and the Republicans. She noted contrasts on climate change, minimum wage and abortion rights. In some of her toughest comments, she suggested Trump was out of touch with average Americans.

“If you want to be president with the United States, you’ve got to get familiar with the United States,” Clinton said. “Don’t just fly that big jet in and land it and go make a big speech and insult everybody you can think of.”

Clinton did not mention Sanders, even when she spoke about gun laws, an area where she frequently attacks his record.

Clinton is campaigning on the East Coast in advance of primary elections Tuesday in Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania.

12:18 p.m.

Republican presidential candidate John Kasich is calling off two planned public events in Indiana after his agreement to stand aside for Ted Cruz in the state.

Kasich had planned Tuesday events in Indianapolis and Noblesville for Tuesday, but he announced a deal Sunday to give Cruz “a clear path” for Indiana’s May 3 primary.

Kasich Indiana campaign spokesman Pete Seat says the Ohio governor will still travel to Indianapolis on Tuesday for a private fundraising event.

Kasich said Monday in Philadelphia that he isn’t telling Indiana Republicans to not vote for him. He says he simply agreed not to spend “resources” in Indiana.

12:11 p.m.

Donald Trump is adding Chris Christie’s former campaign manager to his expanding team.

The GOP front-runner’s campaign announced Monday that it has hired Ken McKay to serve as a senior adviser to its delegate operations team.

McKay previously managed the New Jersey governor’s presidential campaign. Christie has since become one of Trump’s most prominent endorsers.

The hire comes as part of Trump’s major campaign staff overhaul over the last few weeks. Trump is trying to stave off an effort by his rivals to prevent him from amassing the delegates needed to win the nomination on the first ballot at the national convention. He’s also brought on Rick Wiley, who managed former rival Scott Walker’s campaign, and several former aides to Ben Carson. McKay has also held roles with the Republican National Committee and Republican Governors Association.

12:02 p.m.

Hillary Clinton got a pop-themed introduction Monday in Delaware by Sen. Tom Carper, who invoked the Donna Summer song “She Works Hard for the Money.”

Carper sought to get a crowd of over 800 gathered in Wilmington to recite a version of the lyrics to the 1983 hit with him. “She works hard for the money,” he said. “So hard for the money. She works hard for the money. So we better treat her right.”

“Tomorrow we’re going to treat her right tomorrow?” Carper asked the crowd. “She will treat this country right.”

Clinton’s income has been a subject of campaign discussion because rival Bernie Sanders has made an issue of the hundreds of thousands of dollars Clinton has been paid for speeches to Goldman Sachs and other big firms. Clinton has staunchly denied the implicit charge that that the money has influences her public policy-making decisions.

12:01 p.m.

No matter what happens in Tuesday’s primaries, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is “going all the way to the convention,” says his campaign manager.

Jeff Weaver told reporters in Connecticut Monday there’s no benchmark the presidential campaign must hit in Tuesday’s five-state primaries in order to remain in the race, saying their “supporters will stand with us all the way to the end.” Asked whether he expects a contested national Democratic convention, Weaver said, “Absolutely, 100 percent.” He added that Sanders intends to lead his campaign “all the way to the end.”

Nearly 2,000 supporters turned out for a morning rally at a downtown Hartford riverfront park where Sanders did not hold back from criticizing party front-runner Hillary Clinton. Sanders took issue with Clinton’s paid speeches on Wall Street and for not supporting a 15-an-hour minimum wage.

11:45 a.m.

Ted Cruz is shrugging off suggestions that his non-compete arrangement with John Kasich in Indiana and other states is a political Hail Mary.

The Texas senator told reporters Monday in Borden, Indiana, that instead “there is desperation on the Trump side.”

He argued that Republican front-runner Donald Trump knows he won’t be able to get enough delegates to the Republican National Convention to win the party’s nomination and “is in real trouble.”

Cruz and Kasich are focusing on states where they can be successful, thus preventing Trump from clinching the nomination. Kasich is clearing a path for Cruz in Indiana and Cruz is doing the same for the Ohio governor in Oregon and New Mexico.

Cruz is focusing on Indiana’s May 3 primary, saying Trump’s campaign is “scared of Indiana.”

11 a.m.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is urging people in Indiana to vote for him, despite his agreement to stand aside in that state.

That’s the Republican presidential candidate’s message about 13 hours after he announced an arrangement to give rival Ted Cruz “a clear path” in Indiana, which holds a primary election next week. In exchange, Cruz is to give Kasich a clear path in Oregon and New Mexico.

The arrangement is designed to prevent front-runner Donald Trump from clinching the nomination. Kasich addressed the matter publicly for the first time as he campaigned in Philadelphia on Monday.

Kasich says of Indiana voters, “I’ve never told them not to vote for me. They ought to vote for me.” He says he simply agreed not to spend “resources” in Indiana.

He’s also playing down the significance of the extraordinary arrangement.

He says, “It’s not a big deal.”

7:40 a.m.

A collaboration between Ted Cruz and John Kasich aimed at carving up the anti-Donald Trump vote in coming primaries isn’t sitting well with the Republican presidential front-runner.

Trump says his two rivals are colluding in a way that would be illegal in many industries.

He says in a statement that Cruz and Kasich are “mathematically dead” — meaning neither can gather enough delegates to clinch the nomination before the party’s July convention. Trump says their extraordinary arrangement smacks of desperation by two “puppets of donors and special interests.”

Under the arrangement, Kasich, the Ohio governor, will step back in the Indiana contest to let Cruz bid for voters who don’t like Trump. Cruz, a Texas senator, will do the same for Kasich in Oregon and New Mexico.

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