Trump, Kasich & Cruz. That was the underwhelming lineup at the New York State Republican Committee annual gala Thursday night, as the well-timed dinner was held just five days ahead of New York’s presidential primary. The black tie dinner was a world apart from most of the candidates’ campaign appearances, high on money and low on anger. The wealthy, politically connected audience bore little resemblance to the crowds at most 2016 Republican events in this anger-dominated election.
Trump spent much of his speech recounting various real estate projects in New York City, omitting the angry stream-of-consciousness musings that define his campaign rallies. Kasich spoke as a late-served dinner appeared on the tables while Cruz spoke to a talking and shrinking audience.
Here are their full speeches: