They called it an effort to stop front runner Donald Trump from winning the GOP nomination because both fear Trump would lose in the general election to Hillary Clinton.
The two GOP candidates unveiled close to identical talking points defending their choice to strategically invest in certain states and stay out of the other’s way, even while taking shots are one another.
Kasich asked what the big deal was when reporters asked him why he skipped campaigning sessions in Indiana, which ceded territory to the Texas senator.
However, Kasich refused to comment on whether he would be encouraging his supporters in Indiana to vote for Ted Cruz.
Governor Kasich brushed off interest in the two GOP campaigns decision to map out a course that was mutually beneficial and to criticism, it was an alliance that seemed inappropriate.
Kasich said he would not be campaigning in Indiana and Cruz would not campaign in certain other states.
Meanwhile the senator from Texas praised on Monday his opponent for moving out of his way in Indiana, calling it very important in his effort to stop front-runner Donald Trump.
Cruz repeated his message from the campaign that he is focusing his resources strategically and would invest heavily in the state of Indiana and cited his desire to stop Hillary Clinton during the general election.
Kasich stuck to talking about that as well, telling the press that the goal was to stop Clinton. He made choices with his own resources and said Trump could not defeat Clinton during a general election.
On Sunday, the first bit of news about the new arrangement broke, when the two campaigns issued their own statements with a few minutes of one another saying they would divide their efforts in primaries that are upcoming with Cruz doing the focusing on Indiana, and Kasich in Oregon in May and in June New Mexico.
The final goal is win the most delegates possible said Cruz to keep them from being won by Trump.
This new move comes, as each of the two would only be able to capture the nomination of the GOP at a convention that was contested.