Ohio Governor John Kasich may be the wealthiest man in the world because he’s certainly living on his own planet these days.
Sunday, on Face the Nation, Kasich informed host John Dickerson that his campaign’s begun the process of vetting potential vice presidential running mates. Kasich is betting on winning the nomination through a brokered or “contested” convention, a process which takes place after none of the remaining candidates manage to reach 1,237 delegates before the Republican National Convention in July.
Here’s a transcript of the interview.
DICKERSON: Let me ask you about the convention coming up, the Republican Party Convention. There are reports that you have been vetting running mates. Will — and that you might announce one as early as June. What can you tell us about that?
KASICH: Well, we have some old hands now who are beginning to do that. These things come quickly, and you don’t want to have yourself in position where you have got to pick somebody out of a hat. So I have some skilled hands who are beginning now to take a look and figure out who would really fit.
And it’s just starting, so there isn’t a lot to report.
DICKERSON: I could imagine, though, John Kasich, in making his argument to the delegates, might say, hey, here is the ticket, not just John Kasich. Here is what the ticket would look like, and that might be…
KASICH: Well, I think that’s interesting.
DICKERSON: Might do you that?
KASICH: Might be. Might be. Yes, I mean, it’s possible.
I don’t run the campaign. I’m just the candidate, OK? Well, I know what is going on. I had to approve that we were going to start vetting. These are things you talk about as a group. I will have my strong opinions of it at some point, but we’re at the preliminary — we’re at the preliminary stage.
And, yes, I think it’s always possible. Reagan tried to do that in 1976. He didn’t win.
DICKERSON: Didn’t work out so well for him.
KASICH: He was offering a vice president.
Well, you know, did work out later. And he influenced the country and there’s something to be said for that.
Source: Crooks and Liars.
Now back to reality.
John Kasich has 148 delegates. Republican primary front-runner Donald Trump has 845, and Ted Cruz has 559. Even Marco Rubio, who dropped out of the race after losing his home state of Florida, currently still holds 171 delegates.
Even if the Republicans hold a contested convention, Trump is still favored to win the first ballot, thereby securing the nomination. If Trump loses the first ballot, Cruz, Rubio, or a brand new candidate would have a better chance at winning the nomination than Kasich.
The reason is because while Kasich does well in theoretical races against Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, he’s still losing most states very badly. Delegates will probably be very hesitant to trust polls over an actual record of success.
At this point, the only thing that makes sense would be for Kasich to try and leverage what support he has to obtain a high-level position, possibly a VP spot on the future nominee’s ticket. Aside from than that, the Ohio governor’s blowing smoke.
Here’s a video of the interview.
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