It has been widely accepted that real estate mogul Donald Trump will be the Republican presidential nominee, even though a couple of primaries remain. Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich suspended their campaigns after failing to gain a significant number of delegates in the Indiana primary. However, rumors have been swirling that Kasich might try to run as a third-party candidate in order to stop Trump.
On Monday, Kasich put those rumors to rest in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, his first since suspending his campaign.
Cooper mentioned reports that “a number of Republicans, conservatives, Mitt Romney among them, has been looking at the possibility of a third-party candidate, or an independent candidate, or a conservative candidate. Your name has been mentioned. Has Mitt Romney reached out to you? Have you had conversations?”
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Kasich mentioned to Cooper a phone conversation he had in which someone encouraged him to run as an independent. But the Ohio governor said, “I’m not going to do that.”
“I gave it my best where I am,” Kasich said. “I just think running third party doesn’t feel right. I think it’s not constructive.”
“A third-party candidacy would be viewed as kind of a silly thing,” he said. “And I don’t think it’s appropriate. I just don’t think it would be the right thing to do.”
It’s unclear at this point whether Kasich will support Trump as the presidential candidate. Last year, he signed a pledge that compelled him to support whoever the party’s nominee was. But when asked by The Enquirer, after ending his bid, the news company did not receive a response
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