Washington: Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump wants voters to know his message to the disaffected is not aimed at just Republicans.
Talking to reporters on Saturday, the billionaire businessman said that he was focused on bringing independents and Democrats behind his cause even though "right now I'm catering to the Republicans."
Both Republican and Democrat contenders are trying their best to win the advantage ahead of Wisconsin's primaries Tuesday, but Trump is seen as the most active among all presidential hopefuls and rightly so as he had a rough week. Trump is facing a stiff competition from Texas Senator Ted Cruz in the state.
The Republican race is witnessing significant efforts by Trump's rivals in the campaign as well as the party to force the nomination fight into the July convention.
In Racine, Trump addressed a rally but did not say much to suggest his allegiance with the GOP is cast in stone. He offered the critique that the Republican Party had a "falling-asleep reputation" until his campaign brought millions of new voters out to primaries and caucuses.
Challenging Cruz, who is seen as leading the race in Wisconsin, Trump said: "There's such deception and lying." The outcome in Wisconsin is very important as it will determine to a large extent whether Trump would be able to seize the Republican nomination without a fight at the convention.
On the other hand, the race for nomination among the Democrats has also grown increasingly bitter with both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders attending a Wisconsin Democratic Party dinner Saturday night. Both these leaders are soon set to turn to their attention to the contest in New York on April 19, where Clinton desperately wants to avoid an upset in the state she served as senator.
For his part, Sanders urged voters in Wisconsin to come out in droves Tuesday. "Here is the political reality," he told the gathered crowd on the University of Wisconsin's Eau Claire campus. "If there is a large voter turnout - if working people, many of whom have given up on the political process, if young people come, perhaps for the first time - we will win on Tuesday."