Kasich Doesn’t Regret Skipping Convention
Ohio Gov. John Kasich, on Thursday, defended his decision not to attend the Republican National Convention.
“I think you can all understand why I didn’t show up to speak at a convention, by the way, after what you saw last night,” the former presidential contender told a breakfast with Buckeye State Republicans.
The Hill reports:
Cruz, a Texas senator whose primary bid also failed against Donald Trump, now the party nominee, on Wednesday night declined to endorse Trump at the Republican National Convention, sending the event into chaos.
Trump said the snub was “no big deal” in a late-night tweet, but campaign officials spent Thursday morning on television networks attacking Cruz’s decision not to endorse.
Kasich has also not endorsed Trump after the bitter GOP presidential primary. He emphasized Thursday that he was still focused on helping campaign for Republicans, including Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.).
Kasich acknowledged his Trump convention snub has created some awkwardness for state party officials.
He mentioned Matt Borges, the state GOP chairman, remarking, “I have personally made his job more difficult.”
Democratic Senate candidate Ted Strickland this week cited Kasich skipping the convention to knock incumbent Sen. Rob Portman (R).
Portman is one of the GOP’s most vulnerable senators this year and endorsed Trump shortly after Kasich ended his own bid.
“Portman does not have the courage that John Kasich has,” Strickland said.
The governor also touted the fact that Cleveland this week has been largely calm with just a handful of tense moments involving protesters and police. Most expected many rowdy protests at the convention.
“We think at the end of it there will be economic gain and job creation that will come from this,” Kasich said.
Kasich exited the event Thursday morning without taking questions.
Portman also spoke at the breakfast, praising Mike Pence‘s speech Wednesday night, the Indiana governor’s first as vice presidential nominee.
“I believe we are more unified than ever after this week,” Portman said.
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