Ohio Governor John Kasich, who ran for president this election cycle, just revealed that he may not endorse Donald Trump when he attends this summer’s RNC convention.
Kasich, who many describe as a liberal Republican, acknowledged that he has been turned off by what many have described as Trump’s more controversial comments as of late, and “absolutely” could see himself refusing to endorse the GOP presidential candidate.
From Fox News:
The former presidential candidate, who suspended his campaign last month, made clear he still has deep reservations about the brash billionaire businessman – and that he feels no special obligation to come around just because the Party is coming to his town.
“It’s trending poorly,” Kasich told Fox News’ Bill Hemmer, when asked if he’d support Trump.
“We’re like two companies, you know, we have a different vision, a different value system and a different objective. … The divisiveness, the division, the name-calling, it just doesn’t go down well with me.”
Kasich revealed that he and Trump did speak about two weeks ago. He said the “ball is in his court.”
But he categorically ruled out being Trump’s running mate.
“There was never a chance of that,” Kasich said. “There was never ever, ever any consideration.”
It’s unclear whether Kasich is even under consideration, though Trump told Bloomberg Politics in a piece published Wednesday he’s narrowed his short-list down to about four or five people. Trump reportedly said that list includes former rivals, and at least one who has not endorsed him.
Trump did not name names.
Kasich is hardly the only prominent GOP figure still reluctant to get behind Trump. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz also hasn’t done so since suspending his presidential campaign – and a steady procession of GOP figures, even those who have endorsed Trump, have condemned his recent claims that a federal judge weighing a Trump University case has a conflict of interest due to his Mexican heritage.
Kasich called those comments “just terrible.”
He also challenged Trump on policy, including his stated reluctance to take on certain entitlements.
“Are you kidding me? Of course, we have to deal with entitlements,” Kasich said.
Despite these comments, Kasich said he’ll still give Trump a chance, speculating, “He can change.”
He added: “I’m not going to endorse Hillary Clinton, that’s for sure.”
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