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Your politics briefing: Indiana votes; Cruz in the scorn belt

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) speaks with Donald Trump

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) speaks with Donald Trump supporters demonstrating outside a campaign event at The Mill restaurant in Marion, Ind. on Monday, May 2, 2016. Credit: Bloomberg / Luke Sharrett

Cruzing for a bruising

Ted Cruz strolled over to a knot of Donald Trump supporters in Marion, Indiana, and for seven minutes tried to win one over on the day before the primary that could all but extinguish his candidacy.

All he got for the effort was a stream of verbal abuse — a torrent of talking points Trump has taught his fans. (Video here.)

“We don’t want you,” the man said to Cruz. “You’re lying. ... Once again, lyin’ Ted. ... You are the problem, politician. You are the problem.” “You’re lying,” the man said. “Once again, lyin’ Ted. ... You’ll find out tomorrow, Indiana don’t want you.”

When Cruz started to say “America is a better country ...” the Trump supporter interjected: “Without you!” Cruz also heard multiple taunts of “Are you Canadian?”

Cruz also is trying to shake the label Trump has pinned on him with a new TV ad: “Donald Trump is lying about Ted Cruz.”

Indiana: 5 things to watch

The Hoosier State primary Tuesday looks like a make-or-break test for the Stop Trump movement, with the Cruz campaign on a death watch.

Bernie Sanders needs a win to at least get a pause in the conversation that is shifting to the ever-more-likely Trump-Hillary Clinton matchup.

Newsday’s Yancey Roy describes five things to watch for from Indiana’s voting and the aftermath.

D’Amato: Kasich for VP

Former Sen. Alfonse D’Amato, an early backer of John Kasich’s candidacy for president, said on Fox News Monday that Trump will be the nominee — and Kasich should be his running mate.

“I see more and more of my old colleagues recognizing the inevitability and understanding that they’ve got to come together and they’ve got to give Donald some of the support that he desperately needs,” he said. If you want to carry Ohio, he needs Kasich, the governor of that swing state, D’Amato said.

The take-away

For all the outsized public attention on the 2016 race, only a minority of eligible voters have showed up for most of the primaries, writes Newsday’s Dan Janison.

That adds one more element of uncertainty to predictions about the general election in November.

Hillary’s job for Bill

“Two for the price of one” is back.

That’s how Bill Clinton previewed his plan for Hillary Clinton to take an active role in his administration when he ran for president in 1992.

During a discussion in Kentucky about factory jobs, Clinton suggested she would task her husband with mobilizing efforts to boost American manufacturing. “I’ve told my husband he’s got to come out of retirement and be in charge of this, because, you know, he’s got more ideas a minute than anybody I know,” she said.

Clinton takes lumps on coal

Clinton visited West Virginia Monday, which has become especially hostile territory since she said in March that she would “put a lot of coal companies and coal miners out of business” if she’s elected president.

Clinton has called her remarks a misstatement about a historic shift to clean energy and promised she would help displaced miners, even if they hold her comments against her.

“I’m here because I want you to know that whether people vote for me or not, whether they yell at me or not, it’s not going to affect what I’m going to do to help. Because I feel like that’s a moral obligation,” she said.

Soda pop flip-flop

An often-retweeted Trump line is this from 2012: “I have never seen a thin person drinking Diet Coke.”

But that’s what Trump ordered to wash down his Reuben sandwich during a stop at Shapiro’s Delicatessen in Indianapolis.

Cameras were shooed away before Trump ate. He has mocked Kasich’s on-camera feasting, saying “I have never seen a human being eat in such a disgusting fashion.”

One of Trump’s lunch guests was Ed Klein, an author of various Clinton scandal theories, many of them discredited.

What else is happening:

  • Trump will speak from Trump Tower in midtown after the Indiana primary returns ...
  • Clintons see a chance of love from Republicans, according to the WSJ (pay site)....
  • Hillary Clinton learned "there's anger on the left," former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell tells Politico.
  • A rush of legal immigrants seeking to become citizens so they can vote against Trump may be contributing to a rise in naturalization applications, The Associated Press reports ...
  • Clinton outraised Sanders by more than $10 million in April ...
  • An Internet gag — recycled by comedian Larry Wilmore at Saturday’s White House correspondents dinner — says Cruz is the Zodiac Killer of the 1960s and ‘’70s. Heidi Cruz Monday affirmed that her 45-year-old husband is not the killer ...
  • Trump says now he knows nothing about the 1992 Indiana rape trial and conviction of Mike Tyson, who has endorsed him, but he opined plenty back then, saying the ex-boxer had been “railroaded,” BuzzFeed reports ...
  • Clinton is bringing in longtime adviser Minyon Moore to take a top role in her campaign, The New York Times reported ...
  • Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore, whose presidential campaign went nowhere, lost a bid to be a delegate at the GOP national convention ...
  • Trump mocked Cruz for not lending a hand when his declared running mate, Carly Fiorina, fell from a stage Sunday. “Even I would’ve helped her,” Trump said. (Video here) ...

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