RACE TO THE WHITE HOUSE: What you need to know

Apr 2, 2016 11:23 PM

Donald Trump is vowing not to muzzle his criticism of fellow Republicans.

Trump, in his third Wisconsin event Saturday, says his inner circle and even his family beg him to lay off his GOP rivals. He is telling the cheering Eau Claire crowd that "I don't care."

Trump says: "If it works, great. If it doesn't work, great."

Trump is also calling Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton "a disaster" and President Barack Obama "a baby" for approving the Iran nuclear deal.

He says, "How we have this man for a president is just embarrassing."

All three of Donald Trump's events in Wisconsin on Saturday went off without any interruption from protesters.

Those disturbances - which have occasionally come with violence - have become a hallmark of the Trump campaign. But the crowds in Racine, Wausau and Eau Claire were enthusiastic but orderly.

Twice in Eau Claire, Trump stopped because an audience member yelled at him - but the shouts turned out to be supportive. Some in the crowd seemed almost disappointed there wouldn't be the spectacle of a demonstrator being removed.

The celebrity businessman said Saturday that his campaign was deliberating planning smaller events, making more thorough screening possible.

Outside the Eau Claire rally, some of Trump's supporters traded shouts with a few dozen demonstrators across the street.

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has backed off his feud with Donald Trump over the front-runner's negative comments about Cruz's wife.

Trump told New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd in an article published Saturday that it was a mistake to retweet an unflattering photo of Cruz's wife paired with a glamorous photo of his own wife, Melania Trump.

Trump says if he had to do it again, he wouldn't have sent the retweet.

After a movie screening in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin, Cruz was asked about Trump's comments.

He says it's gotten to the point where he couldn't care less. Cruz says, "If he says it's a mistake, that's fine, it's a mistake."

Cruz says he has no interest in seeing political candidates attack each other's families.

Hillary Clinton is reminding 1,500 stalwart Democrats in Wisconsin she has long been one of them - unlike Bernie Sanders, a longtime independent.

At a banquet in Milwaukee ahead of the April 5 Wisconsin primary, Clinton mentioned her membership and support for the Democratic Party five times in the first few minutes of her speech.

She says, "I am a proud Democrat and I support Democrats up and down the ticket, always have and always will."

Clinton followed Sanders, a Vermont senator, onstage at the Wisconsin Center. The two are locked in a close battle in Tuesday's primary.

Republican presidential contender John Kasich says that to fix Social Security "people of this country need to start demanding leadership out of their leaders."

The comment at a town hall event in Janesville, Wisconsin, on Saturday afternoon comes after he told an audience earlier that those who want to make sure Social Security remains solvent should hold an Occupy-style protest with a tent city in the nation's capital.

After that event in Burlington, Wisconsin, Kasich told reporters, "It was a brilliant idea I came up with."

The Ohio governor said in Janesville - hometown of House Speaker Paul Ryan and former Sen. Russ Feingold - that another part of the solution involves wealthy people accepting less in benefits so people who rely on Social Security as income won't face cuts.

Bernie Sanders is urging young people in Wisconsin to turn out to vote.

The Democratic presidential hopeful told a rally at the University of Wisconsin's Eau Claire campus that if young people turn out, he will win Tuesday's primary. If they don't, Sanders says, "we will probably lose."

Sanders supporters waited for hours to hear him, bundled up in winter jackets and gloves.

The Democratic presidential campaigns are bickering over the date of a possible debate before the New York primary on April 19.

Hillary Clinton's campaign says it has offered three different dates to debate Bernie Sanders in New York. Clinton's team says the Sanders camp has rejected debate offers for April 4, April 14 and April 15.

Sanders' spokesman Michael Briggs says the dates proposed by the Clinton campaign "don't make a whole lot of sense" - including this coming Monday, the night of the men's college basketball tournament finals.

The Sanders campaign is still hoping for an agreement "in the near future."

The Democrats last debated in March and have been negotiating two more debates in April and May.


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