“Me? No, I’m not desperate — are you? Are you desperate?” Ohio Gov. John Kasich snarked at one reporter, whose question on why the fourth man in a three-candidate race entered into a so-called agreement with Ted Cruz to stop Donald Trump in upcoming Republican primaries made the 63-year old term-limited chief executive lose his cool again.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, running second in delegates to Donald Trump, and Gov. Kasich, who Trump nicknamed “1 for 38” remains in the race but has fewer delegates than Florida Sen. Marco Rubio who bowed out more than a month ago, made news by allegedly collaborating on states where they can be successful in order to deny Mr. Trump the nomination before the party’s nominating convention in Cleveland in late July.
As reported by the AP, John Kasich is “clearing a path for Cruz in Indiana and Cruz is doing the same for the Ohio governor in Oregon and New Mexico.”
Kasich Not A Team Player
But Mr. Kasich said all he’s doing is managing his limited resources, and if voters in Indiana want to vote for him, they should do so in spite of his agreement with Sen. Cruz to not directly compete in the Hoosier state next week. The exchange, according to reports, is that Ted Cruz will return the favor by giving Gov. Kasich a clear path in Oregon and New Mexico.
While many saw the agreement as somewhat desperate, especially Donald Trump who called each candidate weak for agreeing to it, it was basic Kasich to pretend it wasn’t a sign of how limited his resource are, now that he’s lost 38 GOP primary seasons contests.
Campaigning in Philadelphia on Monday, Gov. Kasich said, “I’ve never told them [Indiana voters] not to vote for me. They ought to vote for me.” On the arrangement that seemed to fizzle shortly after it was announced, John Kasich said, “It’s not a big deal.”
John Kasich’s selfish attitude came into focus a month ago, prompting Kelly Riddell of The Washington Times to remind everyone that Gov. Kasich has a history of not being a team player. “Before the Florida and Ohio primaries, Mitt Romney suggested backers of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio should cast their ballot for Mr. Kasich in Ohio, and Mr. Kasich’s voters in Florida for Mr. Rubio, in order to stop Mr. Trump. Alex Conant, Mr. Rubio’s spokesman, went on national television at the time, urging Rubio supporters in Ohio to vote for Mr. Kasich. Mr. Kasich didn’t return the favor. He went on to win Ohio and Mr. Rubio lost Florida and subsequently dropped out of the race.”
Trump’s response to Cruz and Kasich coordinating their campaigns against him was to say it would be illegal in many industries. Donald Trump repeated the obvious: Ted Cruz and John Kasich are “mathematically dead,” he said in a statement Monday. Trump said the “extraordinary arrangement smacks of desperation by two ‘puppets of donors and special interests.'”
Staffing up, Mr. Trump has brought on some experienced political hands recently. Among the new Trump staffers is Chris Christie’s former campaign manager, Ken McKay, and Rick Wiley, who managed former rival Scott Walker’s campaign, along with several former aides to Ben Carson.
Taking to Twitter, Donald Trump tweeted, “Lyin’ Ted Cruz and 1 for 38 Kasich are unable to beat me on their own so they have to team up (collusion) in a two on one. Shows weakness!”
It’s good Ted Cruz isn’t directly competing with John Kasich in Oregon. it’s bad news for Camp Kasich that it fumbled badly in Oregon by failing to submitted his biography to the secretary of state’s office, which prints out a voter pamphlet each year bearing information on each candidate, according to the AP.
“This year, the pamphlet includes Kasich’s name followed by an asterisk indicating that he didn’t submit any information. Cruz and Donald Trump, meanwhile, each get a full column explaining their positions and personal histories.” Kasich’s campaign told the AP late Monday that “the campaign will do its part to educate voters about why they should vote for him the primary.”
Deep Breathing For Kasich
Maybe it’s getting time when John Kasich should take a deep breath and chill out, now that it’s clear he’s staying in the race just to be a spoiler. Gov. Kasich, who normally says he doesn’t pay attention to polls, is paying a lot of attention to polls he says show him beating Hillary Clinton in the fall should be by some miracle become the Republican presidential nominee.
Kasich also might want to get over the fact that he’s performed so poorly so far that he’s having a hard time attracting any big buck investors who are so in love with him that they’re writing him big checks to promote his second long-shot bid to run the country.
If Donald Trump has another big night on Tuesday, he could stay on track to land the GOP nomination for president by the end of the primaries. In the five states voting Tuesday, a total of 172 delegates are available. By winning Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut and Delaware, the New York billionaire and businessman folk hero could end with 92 delegates and maybe more depending on Pennsylvania’s complicated delegate primary. A candidate needs 1,237 delegates to win the nomination out right and Trump already has 846 delegates.