On the presidential campaign trail

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BROOKFIELD, Wis. (AP) — Donald Trump plans to make his first campaign appearance in Wisconsin with a rally in House Speaker Paul Ryan's hometown, while the four other presidential candidates are also converging on the state a week before its primary.

Trump's rally in Janesville, Wisconsin, on Tuesday comes as he tries to stave off Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who has been campaigning in the state for a week. Cruz was expected to land the endorsement of Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who said he would announce his decision Tuesday morning.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is keeping up his role trying to play spoiler for Trump by campaigning in Wisconsin.

Democrat Hillary Clinton is scheduled to partake in a gun violence forum in Milwaukee, while her rival, Bernie Sanders, is heading to Appleton and Milwaukee.

 

ALTOONA, Wis. (AP) — Donald Trump is trying to defy convention yet again in the 2016 race for president — this time, by winning an election in Wisconsin without the support of the state's influential conservative talk radio hosts.

The Republican front-runner tried to lay some groundwork for his campaign in interviews Monday with three of the state's leading conservative talkers, including WTMJ radio's Charlie Sykes.

Trump confessed on-air that he didn't know Sykes is a leading voice against his candidacy. Two interviews later in the day didn't go much better.

It's fair to assume Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker won't be announcing he's voting for Trump in the state's April 5 primary when the Milwaukee-based Sykes interviews the two-term Republican on Tuesday morning.

 

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Six people have been arrested while protesting a planned Wisconsin campaign stop by Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump.

The Janesville Gazette  reports about 60 protesters occupied the lobby of the Holiday Inn Express in Janesville on Monday night and about 20 more stood outside. Trump has scheduled an appearance there Tuesday in advance of Wisconsin's primary April 5.

The protest began around 6 p.m. The newspaper reports most participants left by 7:15 p.m. but six stayed in the lobby and were using PVC pipe to link their arms. Authorities had to separate them.

Janesville police Sgt. Mike Blaser says police gave the protesters several chances to leave the building without being arrested but they refused.

More protests are planned Tuesday.

 

ROTHSCHILD, Wis. (AP) — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is challenging Donald Trump to debate him one-on-one in Wisconsin.

Cruz said Monday he and Trump should face off for two hours on Tuesday night in Milwaukee, instead of appearing separately at a town hall to be broadcast on CNN.

The three-hour event is also to include Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Each of the candidates is to appear for about an hour and take questions from the audience.

But Cruz says the event should be retooled into a debate between him and Trump.

Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks did not immediately return an email seeking comment.

Trump has declined similar proposals from Cruz, a former collegiate debate champion, to square off head-to-head.

 

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