Kasich: Yeah, VP Rumor Is True

Confirms that Donald Trump Jr. called an aide to make the offer
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2016 9:36 AM CDT
Kasich: Yeah, VP Rumor Is True
In this Feb. 6, 2016, file photo, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Donald Trump speak to reporters after a Republican presidential debate in Manchester, NH.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

John Kasich still isn't endorsing Donald Trump for president, but he's confirming one of the more delicious rumors of the veepstakes that ended with Mike Pence in the No. 2 slot on the ticket: That Donald Trump Jr. called an aide to the Ohio governor to offer him the vice presidency, which would entail the opportunity to be in charge of foreign and domestic policy. "That's what one of them (an aide) has told me, yes," Kasich tells CNN's State of the Union on Sunday. Trump's camp at the time called the report "completely ridiculous," but Kasich says "I never considered it ... I'd be the worst vice president. I have too many opinions." Quick hits from the interview with Jake Tapper, also via the AP:

  • On skipping the Republican National Convention in his home state: "If I wasn't prepared to go there and get up and endorse a nominee, I just thought it was inappropriate to go into that convention hall. Some people are really furious with me about that. But I did what I thought I needed to do. Believe it or not, I wanted to show respect to the nominee."
  • On who he'll vote for in November: "I don't know what's going to happen at the end." He won't vote for Hillary Clinton, but as for voting for Trump, "There's so much water over the dam now, it's become increasingly difficult. But I want, you know, unifying." Any candidate he votes for must "operate in the light," and not on the "dark side of the street."
  • On Trump's chances in Ohio: "He's going to win parts of Ohio where people are really hurting and where people of both parties have failed to fix our education system. But I still think it's difficult if you are dividing to be able to win in Ohio. I think it's really, really difficult."
(More John Kasich stories.)

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