Yep, that guy who overstayed his welcome — and maybe wasn’t ever really even invited — to the GOP presidential primary is back. Ohio Gov. John Kasich said today he’s still not sure whether he will endorse presumptive nominee Donald Trump for president. He went so far as to admit he “absolutely” could show up at the Republican National Convention in July and not endorse Trump.
The good news for the rest of us is that’ll pretty much takes him out of the running for vice president.
As The Hill reports:
Kasich on Thursday told Fox News “It’s hard to say” whether he will back the presumptive GOP nominee.
“I have a completely different message,” Kasich said.“I can’t go for dividing, name-calling, or somebody that doesn’t really represent conservative principles.”
Trump called Kasich after he ended his own presidential run to ask for support, the Ohio governor said. Kasich compared the situation to a merger between two vastly different companies.
He noted it’s “absolutely” possible he would walk into the Republican National Convention this summer in his home state and refuse to endorse presumptive nominee Donald Trump.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) June 9, 2016
“We have a different vision, a different value system, and a different objective. It’s pretty hard to put that together,” he added.
Of course, Kasich and other former primary rivals signed a pledge last year to support the eventual party nominee. At the time, no one dreamed Trump would actually be the nominee and the loyalty oath was meant primarily to stop Trump from mounting a third-party bid. Now, hard not to see the irony of candidates touting “principles” for backing out of a pledge. Some pledge.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) have publicly soured on Trump despite promising they’ll support him. And Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who hasn’t yet endorsed Trump, bashed the comments as he publicly weighs whether to endorse.
Trump himself pointed to that pledge late Wednesday night, retweeting a supporter’s message that called on Kasich to “get on board” or leave the Republican Party.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2016
Many of us have wondered whether Kasich really belonged in the Republican party in the first place, with the many liberal principles he espouses. In fact, when Kasich faults Trump saying he “doesn’t really represent conservative principles,” hard not to think the pot’s calling the kettle black.
Way to lead by example with principles, Gov. Kasich.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]