Ohio Gov. John Kasich said a third party run at the White House is not in his plans, calling such a bid “not constructive.” | Getty
Despite acknowledging an effort to get him to launch a third-party bid for president, Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Monday ruled out the possibility of running as an independent.
CNN’s Anderson Cooper asked the former Republican presidential candidate who suspended his campaign nearly two weeks ago if 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney had contacted him regarding an independent bid.
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“I don’t want to get into who — I’ve had a phone call with somebody that wanted me to run, consider running as [a] third-party candidate,” Kasich said, according to a preview of the interview that will air in full Monday evening.
“No, I’m not gonna do that,” he added, when asked if he was considering it and why. “Well, I think that — I gave it my best where I am, and I just think running third-party, it doesn’t feel right. I think it’s not constructive.”
Kasich, who has been adamant that he’s not interested in being Donald Trump’s vice presidential running mate, said he was disappointed in the media, telling Cooper that “it’s really hard to be thoughtful” dealing with the Fourth Estate “because many of them think that everything is sort of a political ploy or a political play.”
“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,” Kasich continued. “You can have depth to something, and people think, well, this is 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. You know, I just don’t think it would be the right thing to do.”