Ohio Gov. John Kasich said that he is not going to run as a third-party candidate alternative to Donald Trump.
Appearing on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” on Monday, Kasich said that running third party would not be “constructive.”
“No, I’m not gonna do that,” he said.
“I gave it my best where I am,” he said, referring to his recently concluded Republican presidential run. “And I just think running third party doesn’t feel right. I think it’s, it’s not constructive. And you know, one of the things that’s interesting is, it’s really hard to be thoughtful when you’re dealing with the media, because many of ’em think that everything is sort of a political ploy or a political play.”
“It’s been a little bit of a disappointment for me,” Kasich said. “In fact, I’ve talked to somebody in the media to say, ‘You know, you have a responsibility.’ You know, it’s really been interesting. You can have depth to something and people think, ‘Well, that’s just politics.’ No. When I talk about two paths, you know, the path of rebuilding the country, or pushing people down into the ditch, that’s not some political ploy that somebody calculated for me. That’s my insides, that’s my soul.”
“And so, you know, a third party candidacy would be viewed as kind of a silly thing. And I don’t think it’s appropriate. I, you know, I just don’t think it would be the right thing to do,” Kasich said.
Kasich indicated that he has taken a phone call about running third party, but declined to say who it was with.