The Latest: Cruz campaigns in the name of ‘strong women’


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on campaign 2016 as candidates vie for votes in states with upcoming primaries, including Wisconsin and New York (all times Eastern Standard Time):

12:05 p.m.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is joined by his wife, mother and Carly Fiorina at a campaign event in Wisconsin that he’s calling a “celebration of strong women.”

Cruz, his wife Heidi Cruz, his 81-year-old mother Eleanor and Fiorina fielded questions Wednesday from a moderator at a hotel ballroom in Madison, Wisconsin. Cruz’s two young daughters also appeared at the event dubbed “Women for Cruz.”

The free-wheeling conversation included Cruz reminiscing about his upbringing, his mother telling stories about Cruz memorizing the Constitution as a high school student and Fiorina talking about her stepdaughter’s struggle and ultimate death from drug addiction.

The event comes after Cruz’s Republican rival Donald Trump is under renewed criticism for defending his campaign manager who was charged with simple battery after an altercation with a female reporter.

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11:45 a.m.

Hillary Clinton, ahead of a campaign rally at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater, is making a stop for coffee and cake at a local eatery.

Clinton went to Make My Cake, a locally-owned bakery on W 116th St on Wednesday morning. She posed for photos with staff and said she was looking forward to campaigning “across the state that took a chance on me” when she was elected to the Senate in 2000.

She then asked for a shot of espresso to be poured into a cup of black coffee and sat down to share a piece of cake with Rep. Charlie Rangel, who represents portions of Harlem.

The charming, brick-walled shop featured an assortment of delicious-looking baked goods for sale, including cakes, cupcakes and one outrageous pecan pie.

Clinton is doing a series of events in New York over the next few days ahead of her adopted home state’s primary next month.

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7:45 a.m.

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump says the reporter who is behind misdemeanor battery charges against his campaign manager “shouldn’t have been grabbing me.”

Trump defended campaign manager Corey Lewandowski on Fox News Wednesday, a day after Florida police charged him following an incident earlier this month in which Lewandowski pulled the reporter, Michelle Fields, away from Trump as she tried to ask the billionaire a question.

Trump said Fields had a pen in her hand “and that could have been a knife.”

The controversy drew condemnation from Trump’s Republican and Democratic rivals alike as they campaigned in Wisconsin ahead of the state’s April 5 primary.