The New York billionaire lost the Wisconsin Republican primary on
Tuesday to Cruz and is seeking to rebound in New York on April 19.
He won the backing on Thursday of former New York Mayor Rudy
Giuliani, who was irked by Cruz's values comments.
"It's New York City. We're family. I can make fun of New York but
you can't," Giuliani, who led the city through the trauma of the
Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, told the New York Post.
"I support Trump. I'm gonna vote for Trump," he said.
Ohio Governor John Kasich, running third in the Republican race,
chimed in with an ad called "Values," part of a seven-figure ad buy
in New York and Pennsylvania, which votes on April 26.
"New Yorkers aren't stupid and they certainly won't fall for Ted
Cruz's lame soliloquies and flattery after he slammed their values,"
said Kasich spokeswoman Connie Wehrkamp.
Trump canceled a Friday trip to California to focus on New York. He
turned on Cruz Wednesday night during his first rally in the state
since the double-digit loss in Wisconsin.
"I've got this guy standing over there, looking at me, talking about
New York values with scorn in his face, with hated, with hatred of
New York,” Trump said, drawing a chorus of boos.
Cruz credited his Feb. 1 Iowa caucuses victory in part to his
attacks on Trump's "New York values." He told ABC on Thursday the
phrase referred to the state's liberal Democrats.
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Cruz took another hit in the Bronx, where a group of high school
students protesting his stance on immigration threatened a walkout
if their principal did not cancel his appearance.
"Most of us are immigrants or come from immigrant backgrounds. Ted
Cruz goes against everything our school stands for," Destiny
Domeneck, 16, told the New York Daily News.
School authorities complied, the newspaper reported on Thursday.
(Reporting by Doina Chiacu and Megan Cassella; Editing by Bill
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