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ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(MARION, Ind.) -- Supporters of Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump shouted in his rival Sen. Ted Cruz’s face as he squared off with them on an Indiana street for more than seven minutes, just a day before Indiana’s do-or-die GOP primary.

Cruz was finishing up a campaign stop at a restaurant alongside a river in a small town northeast of Indianapolis when he heard half a dozen men chanting “Lyin’ Ted” and other slogans across the street.

The Texas senator made his way toward the men surrounded by a swarm of his supporters and members of the media, then debated the men, one of whom told him, “We don’t want you.”

“I’m running to be everyone’s president,” Cruz told the men. “Those who vote for me and even those who don’t.”

The exchange remained quite heated throughout, with Cruz hitting Trump on the Second Amendment, immigration and media coverage. The men criticized Cruz for his wife’s previous career at investment banking firm Goldman Sachs, his call for employing carpet-bombing against ISIS, and being born in Canada. They constantly interrupted each other.

“I will tell you this, sir,” Cruz said, “America is a better country --”

“Without you,” one of the protesters interrupted.

“Thank you for those kind sentiments,” Cruz replied. “Let me point out, I have treated you respectfully the entire time. And a question that everyone here should ask --”

“Are you Canadian?” another protester cut him off.

One of the Trump supporters told Cruz he should drop out because it was mathematically impossible for him to clinch the presidential nomination on the first ballot of the GOP’s convention this summer. Cruz said Trump would not win enough delegates to do so either.

As the men shouted in his face, Cruz pushed them to bring up policy issues. The Republican presidential candidate is known for his accomplished collegiate debating career.

 

.@tedcruz has extended back-and-forth with Donald Trump supporters who are shouting "Lyin' Ted" in his face pic.twitter.com/AqPbpWJf5c

— Ben Gittleson (@bgittleson) May 2, 2016

 

“Civilized people don’t just scream and yell,” Cruz said. “I’m not yelling at you.”

Cruz, whose path to the nomination will grow much more difficult if he fails to stop Trump from winning in Indiana on Tuesday, compared the way he spoke with the protesters and the way the billionaire businessman has handled dissent. Trump said in February that he wanted to punch a protester in the face, and he has said previously that he would pay the legal bills of his supporters who fight protesters. (He later walked back on that.)

“If I were Donald Trump, I wouldn’t have come over and talked to you,” Cruz said. “I wouldn’t have shown you that respect.”

An NBC/WSJ/Marist poll released Sunday showed Trump with a 15 percentage point lead over Cruz in the Hoosier State, with the third remaining GOP candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, trailing Trump by 36 percent.

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ABCNews.com(LAFAYETTE, Ind.) -- Carly Fiorina took a rather graceful fall from the stage after introducing the Cruz family on Sunday.

“Let me welcome, your next first family. Heidi Cruz, your next first lady, Caroline and Catherine and the next president of the United States, Ted Cruz,” Fiorina told a crowd of supporters in Lafayette, Indiana, before taking a tumble.

The former Hewlett-Packard CEO and running mate of Ted Cruz appeared to be uninjured as she steadied herself after tripping.

Back in September, when Fiorina was campaigning for the GOP nomination, a curtain collapsed behind her as she addressed a conference of women entrepreneurs in Texas.

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ABC News(OSCEOLA, Ind.) -- With Indiana primary voters headed to the polls in less than 24 hours, Ted Cruz said he will “absolutely” have a path to victory even if he loses the next GOP presidential nominating contest.

“We intend to do absolutely everything possible to win tomorrow. It’s gonna be up to the people of Indiana,” Cruz told ABC News while campaigning in Osceola, Indiana. “The polls have been all over the place. There has literally been a 30-point swing depending on what poll you are looking at. We are neck-and-neck right now in the state of Indiana.”

A NBC/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll released Sunday showed Donald Trump 15 percentage points ahead of Cruz and John Kasich in the Hoosier state. Trump has 49 percent support, while Cruz follows with 34 percent, and Kasich trails at 13 percent.

When pressed on whether he would drop out before the GOP convention in July, Cruz said, "I am in for the distance as long as we have a viable path to victory. I am competing until the end.”

On the eve of the primary, the Texas senator framed the race as a choice about the future of the nation’s children.

“Do you really want to go through the next four years with a president who, if your child came home and simply uttered the words coming out of that president's mouth, would make you punish your child, would make you embarrassed for your child?” Cruz asked. “We need a president who unifies us. Who speaks to our better angels."

He added: "This is a fundamental decision for our nation and I have tremendous faith in Hoosiers across this great state.”

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Bernie Sanders insists that the Democratic convention will be a "contested contest," though acknowledging it would be tough for him to get there.

Indeed, the Vermont senator would need to win 65 percent of the remaining pledged delegates in order to take the lead over Hillary Clinton in pledged delegates, according to an ABC News analysis of the delegate count.

By contrast, Clinton needs 35 percent to keep her lead.

"What our polling suggests is it is going to be a very steep climb," Sanders said Sunday night on the campaign trail, referring to the 65 percent he would need.

From there, Sanders would need to persuade superdelegates who’re overwhelmingly in Clinton’s camp to switch to his side. But it’s still likely that Sanders will block Clinton from clinching the nomination using pledged delegates.

She needs to win an average of 68 percent of the vote in remaining states in order to lock up the 2,383 magic number without help from superdelegates.

Sanders has repeatedly talked about how the superdelegate system is "rigged," but new tabulations suggest that even if superdelegates voted along the same lines as the people in their state, that would not give Sanders the edge.

"When we talk about a rigged system, it’s also important to understand how the Democratic Convention works,” Sanders said at a rally Monday in Evansville, Indiana. “We have won, at this point, 45 percent of pledged delegates, but we have only earned 7 percent of superdelegates.”

“So, in other words, the way the system works, is you have establishment candidates who win virtually all of the superdelegates. It makes it hard for insurgent candidacies like ours to win,” he added.

That said, if all the superdelegates in states that have already voted aligned with the general Democratic populations of their respective states, Clinton would have 374 superdelegates and Sanders would have 147, the ABC News analysis shows.

That split is certainly less wide than it is now -- Clinton has 520 super delegates while Sanders only has 39 -- but it still wouldn’t give Sanders enough to take the lead.

And barring a catastrophe for Clinton in Indiana, there will be no way for Sanders to earn enough pledged delegates to secure the nomination outright after Tuesday. He would have to rely on superdelegates.

Sanders did pick up a handful of superdelegates who were previously uncommitted in Vermont, Utah and Nevada, according to his campaign sources.

In spite of that, Clinton is squarely in the lead when looking at the total number of delegates.

Of Indiana's Democratic delegates, 83 are allocated proportionally and there are nine others that are superdelegates, who can wait until the summer convention in Philadelphia to pledge their support to a candidate.

"Bernie will still pick up some [delegates] so he won't be completely blocked out, but momentum is working against him," said David Campbell, chairman of the political science department at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.

"The more and more that Hillary does appear to be the inevitable nominee, the harder it will be for Bernie," Campbell told ABC News. "His die-hard supporters are going to show up and support him regardless."

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Indiana's primary is poised to be a test of momentum for both parties.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are headed to the Hoosier state with a string of recent wins that could help them dramatically, while the inverse could lead to a bad day for Sen. Ted Cruz.

"There's a lot of empirical evidence that voters and also delegates do pay attention to momentum in the race," said David Campbell, the chair of the political science department at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.

"The momentum will be increasingly on Trump's side," Campbell said.

A NBC/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll in Indiana released on Sunday shows Trump leading the state's GOP race by 15 points. The breakdown of the poll, ahead of the primary on Tuesday, has Trump with 49 points to Cruz's 34 points and Gov. John Kasich's 13 points.

The poll was conducted after Cruz and Kasich formed their alleged alliance, but before Cruz announced Carly Fiorina as his vice presidential pick.

Indiana could be a critical state moving towards the Republican convention, influencing the ballots.

"If Trump wins in Indiana, which was thought to be a good state for Cruz, then it is exceedingly unlikely that Cruz could prevail on a second ballot or that the convention would even go to a second ballot," Campbell told ABC News.

Campbell said that the rumored alliance, in which Cruz and Kasich's campaigns have possibly coordinated their game plans so that Kasich would not actively campaign in Indiana and Cruz would do the same in later states where Kasich was polling higher, may have stopped Kasich from winning some support in certain areas.

"If there had not been the deal between Kasich and Cruz, he might have done quite well in the suburbs of Indianapolis," Campbell said. "He had no hope of winning the state, but that's where he would have drawn his support."

The impact of momentum on the race isn't limited to the Republicans.

For Sen. Bernie Sanders, Indiana is an opportunity to gather momentum for the remainder of the race, after losing some steam in recent primary losses, according to Marjorie Hershey, a political science professor at Indiana University.

The NBC/WSJ/Marist poll had Sanders down 4 points to Clinton, though those results fall within the poll's 4.6 point margin of error.

"If we're not talking about his winning the nomination ... but about his retaining some momentum primarily for his ideas as we go into the convention phase, then certainly doing really well in Indiana would be really important," Hershey said.

For the Democrats, Indiana's delegates are allocated proportionally. The state has 83 pledged delegates and nine other delegates, who are super delegates that can wait until the convention to pledge their support to a candidate. In total, Indiana has 92 Democratic delegates up for grabs.

For the Republicans, Indiana delegates are allocated in such a way that one candidate could take all 57 of the possible delegates for the state. The delegates are split between those from individual congressional districts -- three from each of nine districts, or 27 total -- and 30 "at large" delegates awarded to the winner of the entire state.

Those numbers have the potential to tip a candidate's favor going into the conventions.

"This may be the first time ever that the Indiana primary has played a significant role in the nomination process," Campbell said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Releasing a classified section of the congressional investigation into the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States would be a mistake, according to Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan.

There is a growing debate on whether to declassify 28 pages of the 2002 report, but Brennan said a reason to keep them under wraps is they contain "unvetted information" that some could use to unfairly implicate Saudi Arabia in the terror attacks.

Brennan argued on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday that the independent 9/11 commission followed up on the information in the 2002 report from the House and Senate intelligence committees and found no links between the Saudi government and the terrorists.

"I think some people may seize upon that uncorroborated, unvetted information that was in there that was basically just a collation of this information that came out of FBI files, and to point to Saudi involvement, which I think would be very, very inaccurate," Brennan said.

Lawmakers and former Senate Intelligence Chairman Bob Graham, who co-chaired the 2002 joint congressional inquiry into the attacks, have pushed for the full report to be made public. Graham, a Florida Democrat, has said the report shows the 9/11 hijackers were likely supported by officials in the Saudi government, as well as those with the capacity to finance them in that country.

Critics have said the 28 pages would leave open the possibility that parts of the Saudi government could have played a role in the attacks. Brennan pushed back against this idea.

"I think there's a combination of things that are accurate and inaccurate," Brennan said of the report, noting he is "quite puzzled" by the push from Graham and others to have the 28 pages released publicly.

"I think the 9/11 commission took that joint inquiry and those 28 pages or so and followed through on the investigation. And they came out with a very clear judgment that there was no evidence that indicated that the Saudi government as an institution, or Saudi officials individually, had provided financial support to al Qaeda," he added.

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ABC News(FORT WAYNE, Ind.) -- As Indiana's primary nears, Donald Trump is under fire, yet again, for another round of controversial comments. Over the weekend, Trump denounced China’s trade practices as "rape."

"We can’t continue to allow China to rape our country and that’s what they’re doing. It’s the greatest theft in the history of the world,” the Republican front-runner told supporters at a campaign rally.

Trump has long accused the country of manipulating its currency to make its exports more competitive globally.

Rather than backpedaling from his disputatious statement, Trump, speaking on CNN, doubled down.

“Well, I think that, you know, I haven't heard anything negative, really recently. Frankly, as far as China's concerned, everyone knows that's true, and it gets the point across,” he said.

This is not the first time Trump has made this comparison. Back in 2011, Trump decried China's currency policies to employees who worked at a defense contractor in New Hampshire.

“China is raping this country,” Trump told employees at Wilcox Industries, a company that manufactures tactical equipment for U.S. military forces.

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ABC News(LA PORTE, Ind.) — Urging voters to pick him over his rival and current GOP front-runner, Donald Trump, presidential candidate Ted Cruz framed the battle to win the Indiana primary as a choice between good versus evil.

"I believe in the people of the Hoosier state. I believe that the men and women gathered here and the goodness of the American people, that we will not give into evil but we will remember who we are and we will stand for our values,” said Cruz at a rally in La Porte, Indiana.

Indiana votes Tuesday and Cruz has called the state "pivotal" to his campaign. A recent NBC/WSJ Marist poll shows him trailing Trump by 15 points in Indiana. While the Texas senator has refused to call Indiana a "must win" state, he repeatedly emphasized the state's importance at rallies on Sunday.

"This entire political process has conspired to put the state of Indiana in the position to stand up and speak the voice of sanity,” Cruz said.

Indiana's primary follows two weeks of losses for Cruz in six states in the northeast. Cruz has called Indiana more favorable terrain and urged Hoosiers to rely on their "Midwestern values" to choose him. As the primary ticks closer, Cruz has begun an hourly countdown to when voting begins.

"In 51 hours, it will be over. In 51 hours, this plague of politicians will leave the Hoosier state and in 51 hours, Indiana will have spoken to the country," said Cruz at a rally in Lafayette, Indiana Sunday.

Cruz continues his campaigning in the state today. Indiana Governor Mike Pence will join Cruz. Pence endorsed Cruz late last week. Cruz's top surrogates, including his running mate Carly Fiorina and Glenn Beck, are fanning out across the state hoping to reach voters.

Cruz has said a win in Indiana could stop Trump from reaching the magic number of 1,237, the number of delegates needed to secure the GOP nomination; but some pundits have questioned whether a loss in the state could end Cruz's presidential bid. In an interview with 'This Week,' Cruz said he was "going the distance" no matter the outcome of Indiana's primary.

"It is an incredibly important state," said Cruz Sunday on ABC's This Week. "We are competing hard. I hope we do well here. I can tell you I'm barnstorming the state, we're in a bus with my family, we're doing everything we can to earn the votes of the men and women in this state. We're going the distance. We're competing the entire distance."

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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) --  President Obama and the First Lady have announced that their daughter Malia will attend Harvard University in the fall of 2017, taking a gap year after her high school graduation next month.

Malia, 17, is set to graduate from the prestigious Sidwell Friends School in Washington in June.

President Obama recently was asked to speak at the commencement but turned down the offer, saying instead "I'm going to be wearing dark glasses ... and I’m going to cry."

Malia, along with her parents, has visited at least a dozen colleges over the past year and a half. Both the President and First Lady earned their law degrees at Harvard Law School.

The First Lady said in September of 2015 that the family talked over Malia's college plans "every night."

It is unclear just what Malia will do in the gap year after her father leaves office and the family moves out of the White House.

President Obama told Ellen Degeneres in February that Malia is "more than ready" to "make her own way."

"She’s one of my best friends," Obama said. "It’s gonna be hard for me not to have her around all the time. But she’s ready to go. You can tell. She’s just a really smart, capable person."


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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Bernie Sanders said Sunday he will consider the Democratic Party's convention "contested," unless his opponent Hillary Clinton gets enough pledged delegates to win nomination without super delegates.

The Vermont senator essentially vowed to fight to win over those coveted party elites -- the super delegates -- until they formally vote in July.

"She will need super delegates to take her over the top of the convention in Philadelphia. In other words, the convention will be a contested contest," he said during a press conference in Washington, D.C. Sanders' top brass has been arguing this point for weeks, but this was the most direct statement the senator has made about his outlook on the remaining portion of the nominating process.

While it is unlikely that either candidate will be able to win enough pledged delegates alone to secure the nomination, according to estimates from ABC News, Clinton has the backing of 520 super delegates at this point, bringing her very close to the threshold.

By comparison, only 39 super delegates have committed to Sanders and the Vermont Senator argued that that fact was unfair considering some of his landslide wins.

"If I win a state with 70 percent of the votes you know what, I think I'm entitled to those super delegates. I think that the super delegates should reflect what the people in the state want," he said.

Sanders called on super delegates from states like Washington and Minnesota specifically, where he beat Clinton by double-digit margins, to change their allegiances.

In some ways Sanders contradicted himself during the press conference. He argued that super delegates should follow the popular vote from the states they represent, but also said they should consider backing him even if he does not win the majority of pledged delegates. His campaign distributed factsheets Sunday showing general election polling in battleground states and nationwide where he outperforms his opponent against Republican candidates.

"[Super delegates] are going to have to go into their hearts and they are going to have to ask themselves do they want the second strongest candidate running against Trump or the strongest candidate?" Sanders said.

Before heading to Indiana to campaign before that state’s primary Tuesday, the senator acknowledged that Clinton so far was winning the race by an overwhelming margin. Sanders would need to win 65 percent of the remaining pledged delegates to pull ahead of Clinton on that front. He said that, considering that number, he had a "tough road to climb," but added that it was not "impossible."

"We intend to fight for every vote in front of us and for every delegate remaining," he continued.

Asked if the campaign had any internal polling to suggest that they might be able to win the remaining states by the large margins need to pull ahead, Sanders' senior strategist Tad Devine said: "We believe the states ahead represent a real opportunity for Bernie."

"This belief is based both on data that we have for the upcoming states and on how well Bernie has done in states in the West in particular. We all understand that is a difficult challenge, in light of proportional representation, but we believe he will significantly cut into her delegate lead in the upcoming weeks," Devine added.

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ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(DETROIT) -- Speaking at the NAACP’s annual Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner in Detroit Sunday night, Hillary Clinton called for mobilizing against Donald Trump — telling the roughly 6,000 person crowd to “make sure that love trumps hate, once and for all!”

Her fiery remarks were tailored to the crowd. She spoke about criminal justice reform, gun control, the water crisis in Flint, but also talked politics.

She railed on the “Republican frontrunner” for “stoking hatred and inciting violence” and warned that a Trump presidency could ruin President Obama's legacy.

"We cannot let Barack Obama’s legacy fall into Donald Trump’s hands,” she said.

She also reminded them that Trump was one of the original "birthers" back in 2008.

"The leading republican contender is the man who led the insidious 'birther movement' to discredit the president’s citizenship," she said. "And when he asked in a national television interview to disavow David Duke and other white supremacists, who are supporting his campaign, he played coy."

Clinton also blatantly laid out what she believes the different is in this election: “Unity vs. division. Compassion vs. selfishness. And love vs. hate.”

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Hillary Clinton wants you to know she's in on the joke.

The Democratic presidential candidate praised President Obama for his remarks at his final White Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday night, even acknowledging the digs he made about her.

"Nice job last night. Aunt Hillary approves," Clinton tweeted Sunday. (The tweet was signed "-H," meaning it's from Clinton herself.)

@potus Nice job last night. Aunt Hillary approves. #WHCD -H

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 1, 2016

Obama teased Clinton for her difficulty appealing to younger voters at the dinner.

"Look, I've said how much I admire Hillary's toughness, her smarts, her policy chops, her experience," Obama told the crowd of politicians, celebrities and journalists. "You’ve got to admit it though: Hillary trying to appeal to young voters is a little bit like your relative who just signed up for Facebook.

"'Dear America, did you get my poke?'" he continued, impersonating Clinton. "'Is it appearing on your wall? I’m not sure I am using this right. Love, Aunt Hillary.'

"It's not entirely persuasive," Obama concluded.

Clinton did not attend the annual dinner. Her rival for the Democratic nomination, Bernie Sanders, however, was there, as well as some of Clinton's top staffers, including campaign manager Robby Mook and vice chair Huma Abedin.

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ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Donald Trump returned to the Hoosier state Sunday, saying "it's over" for his Republican rivals as he began a two-day swing ahead of Indiana's primary Tuesday.

With new polls showing Trump with a strong lead over rival Sen. Ted Cruz, Trump said his competitors are "hanging by their fingertips."

"By the way, if we win Indiana, it's over. OK? If we win Indiana, it's over. It's over. And we're going to get there -- I shouldn't say this, 'cause it takes away your incentive. We're going to get there anyway. But if we win Indiana, most people think that they quit the race. And, then we can focus on crooked Hillary [Clinton]. Please, let's focus on Hillary," Trump told the packed theater.

"I knocked out 17 people. I mean, the two last ones, they're like hanging by their fingertips. They’re choking, don't let me fall, don't let me fall," Trump said grasping onto an imaginary mountain pretending to be Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Cruz. "Let me choose Carly, maybe that'll turn it around. But Carly got out, she had zero. How she -- when somebody gets out, you had no popularity, it doesn’t help, right? And she’s a nice woman. Now, if you could say [former Indiana basketball coach] Bobby Knight, that’s a different story. Do we agree?"

Just Saturday, the Trump campaign was dealt another delegate blow –- loosing delegates at the Republican state conventions in Virginia and Arizona, states the New York billionaire won in the respective state's primaries. Campaign officials have repeatedly said they are confident the frontrunner will secure the nomination in the first ballot round of voting.

"I don’t think people can get away with that stuff. So we don't play the second ballot game," Trump said Sunday.

As the polls continue to show Trump has a problem with women, he dusted off a line from his early travels around the country regarding women's health.

"Women want to see a strong country. Women want to see a strong military. Women want to see strong borders. And on top of that, nobody will be better to women and nobody will be better to women’s health issues -- a big thing -- than Donald Trump. That I can tell you, OK? Nobody. Nobody."

A small group of protesters gathered outside the arena. Well over a thousand Trump supporters were blocked from entering the theater after the fire marshall said the facility had reached capacity. Trump will be campaigning over the next two days across Indiana.

About three dozen protesters were outside Donald Trump's rally in Terre Haute, Ind., today. They stayed peaceful. pic.twitter.com/fFgUv59Uak

— Ben Gittleson (@bgittleson) May 1, 2016

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ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump wasn't criticizing women when he accused Hillary Clinton of playing the "woman card" in order to get elected president, a senior adviser to his campaign said Sunday on ABC's "This Week."

Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended Trump's comments this week in which he said Clinton would receive less support if she was a man and that women don't like her.

"I think he is pointing out something, frankly, Bernie Sanders' campaign has been talking about for months -- that Hillary Clinton's biggest thing that she's running on is the fact that she's a woman," she said. "The person that is playing the woman card is Hillary, not Donald Trump."

Trump made the comments despite Clinton receiving a higher percentage of the vote among female Democrats than he received among female Republicans during five primaries last Tuesday. Huckabee Sanders expressed confidence Trump would win them over.

"At the end of the day, they're going to side with Donald Trump," Huckabee Sanders said.

EMILY's List President Stephanie Schriock disagreed that playing up the fact that she's a woman would hurt Clinton among female voters.

"She does happen to be a woman -- that is true," she said. "But really this campaign has been focused on economic opportunities for women and families in this country on a whole wide breadth of issues."

Trump, meanwhile, has had to fend off criticism for endorsements that may prove problematic with the female demographic. Former boxer Mike Tyson, who was convicted of rape in 1992, recently endorsed him. His endorsement is featured in a new anti-Trump attack ad released by the Trusted Leadership PAC.

According to Huckabee Sanders, though, every endorsement counts this election year.

"Donald Trump is looking for the endorsement and the vote of every American," she said. "I think that's why he's doing so well."

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BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he’s worried about Donald Trump as a potential commander-in-chief, and says some world leaders are “quite concerned” about a potential Trump presidency.

"Many of them have -- have said publicly how worried they are about the possibility of Mr. Trump becoming president," Gates said in an exclusive interview on “This Week” Sunday. "His unpredictability, his lack of understanding of the complexity of international affairs, his threats, his claims that he's going to make other countries do things, when, in fact, the president of the United States does not have the power to make them do things."

“So I think -- I think a lot of leaders around the world, both among our friends and potential adversaries, are quite concerned,” Gates added.

Addressing the Republican front-runner's recent foreign policy speech, Gates said it showed someone who "doesn’t understand the difference between a business negotiation and a negotiation with sovereign powers."

The former Defense Secretary also voiced concerns about Trump’s willingness to take advice.

"One of the things that worries me, Martha, is that he doesn’t appear to listen to people," Gates told ABC’s Martha Raddatz. "He believes that he has all the answers, that he is the smartest man in the room."

"And I've worked for some very different presidents – Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, Barack Obama," Gates said. "One of the things they all had in common was a willingness to listen to people who had experience, and then make their own independent judgments."

Gates has worked under eight different presidents on both sides of the aisle and served as Defense Secretary under both President George W. Bush’s and President Obama from 2006-2011.

His record in public service led the Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin to suggest him as a possible third party candidate, if Trump secures the Republican nomination.

The former Defense Secretary laughed off the suggestion of a possible presidential bid. "That's the silliest thing I've ever heard,” he said.

Gates also put to rest the possibility of being Donald Trump's running mate.

"One of the problems with being vice president, is if you totally disagree with the president you can’t quit," he said.

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