On Sunday, the Cruz campaign announced it would be teaming up with Ohio Gov. John Kasich to try and deny Republican front-runner Donald Trump the nomination. In a statement, Sen. Ted Cruz said his team would “focus its time and resources in Indiana and in turn clear the path for Governor Kasich to compete in Oregon and New Mexico.”
Monday morning, at a diner in Philadelphia, Kasich was confronted by numerous reporters and asked about the new alliance. “The fact is, we don’t have all the resources in the world,” the Ohio governor said. “I feel that it’s very fair for me to be able to go to areas where I can spend my resources most effectively, and the same is true for Senator Cruz.”
One reporter chimed in, saying the plan sounded like “desperation.” Kasich, seemingly annoyed, lashed out and said, “Me! No, I’m not desperate, are you? Are you desperate? Because I’m not.” He then added that the reporters should practice “a little bit of civility” when they do their job.
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Kasich reassured the questioners that the only reason he is still in the race is because he beats Democrat Hillary Clinton in the general election. “I’m going to do everything I can to make sure we don’t lose the United States Senate, the Supreme Court and the local courthouse.”
He ended the interview by saying he didn’t see the team-up as a big deal. “I’m not going to spend resources in Indiana, he’s not going to spend them in other places. So what?”
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