Ohio Gov. John Kasich talked about the future of his presidential campaign during an appearance on Meet the Press to be broadcast at 9 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 28.
Host Chuck Todd asked about a New York Times report that 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney talked to Kasich about leaving the race.
In remarks released in advance by NBC Kasich says he will stay in and he will win the race.
“Nobody’s asked me to drop out. And that wouldn’t matter to me anyway. I don’t really want to get into private conversations with people,” Kasich said. “But that never happened in terms of Mitt trying to tell me, you know, what I need to do with my career. That’s not what it was about. And I’ve had a number of conversations with him and a lot of email exchanges. And we just have to leave it there.”
Todd asked if by staying in the race Kasich was keeping an anti-Donald Trump vote from consolidating.
“Well, first of all, I’m beating Hillary Clinton by more than any other candidate. And I’m going to win Ohio,” said Kasich. “And that’s what creates a whole new race. Now, you know, at the end of the day, each of these candidates should be able to win their own home state. I’m going to win Ohio. But if I don’t win Ohio, then, you know, ballgame over.”
Kasich said he would need to win his home state and said people are asking him to stay in the race.
“And, look, our strategy has always been to do well in New Hampshire, raise enough money to continue, you know, hold our own. We don’t expect to win. Trump’s going to win everything, in my opinion, on Tuesday,” Kasich said.
“But at some point, this thing goes north. And when it goes north and when we get to Ohio, it’s going to be a whole new game,” Kasich said. “And, you know, I’m going to be the nominee, Chuck.”