Admitting he may be regretting a pledge he signed earlier this year, Gov. John Kasich of Ohio said today it was possible he wouldn’t support Donald Trump if he won the Republican nomination.
Mr. Kasich, speaking at a Council on Foreign Relations event in Manhattan, lashed out at the GOP billionaire once more, who is leading all national polls and making many establishment Republicans uneasy.
“I signed a pledge. That’s why you have to be careful with pledges,” Mr. Kasich said, referring to a promise he made, along with other GOP candidates, to the Republican National Committee. “Is it possible you change you mind? Yeah. It would take something extreme to do it but I will tell you sir, there’s no way Donald Trump is going to be president … he isn’t going win, it’s not going to happen.”
Mr. Kasich, a relative moderate and one of Mr. Trump’s most frequent Republican critics, said Mr. Trump’s ideas “divide” the country. Accused of spewing hate speech, Mr. Trump recently angered politicians and observers across the country and world when he called for an end to Muslim immigration following terrorist attacks in California and Paris.
Mr. Trump’s formidable position in the polls has led many pundits to say that the billionaire winning the nomination is a very real possibility. No one like Mr. Trump has ever won his party’s nomination, however, and other early poll leaders have stumbled once the time comes to vote.
“Look, people don’t buy this. Oh, there may be a few but this doesn’t represent what we are,” Mr. Kasich said.
Another member of the audience asked the Ohio governor, who has struggled to gain traction in the crowded field and is pinning his hopes on winning New Hampshire, if he would consider running as Mr. Trump’s vice presidential candidate.
Mr. Kasich said he had the second best job in the country–being governor of Ohio.
“I wouldn’t run for vice president on any ticket,” he said.
Disclosure: The publisher of Observer media, Jared Kushner, is the son-in-law of Donald Trump.