Ahead of the Wisconsin primary, U.S. Republican presidential candidate John Kasich rebuffed calls from his rivals to exit the race, mocking Donald Trump and pledging to take his voters. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Republican presidential candidate John Kasich on Monday (April 4) rebuffed calls from his rivals to exit the race, mocking Donald Trump and pledging to take his voters. Kasich made the comments at a campaign event in New York on the eve of the Wisconsin primary. Over the weekend, Trump complained that Kasich was an irritant gobbling up some of the delegates Trump needs. "The problem is he's in the way of me, not Cruz," Trump said. "I'm dropping in, I'm not dropping out," Kasich told voters at Hofstra University in Hempstead. "I mean think about what this guy said," Kasich began, switching to a childish tone to imitate Trump, "'he's getting my votes, and I want to have my votes. This is not fair.' I thought we got out of the sandbox years ago." Kasich questioned why he should get out of the race when some polls show he is able to beat Democrat Hillary Clinton in the general election on Nov. 8. He chalked his lackluster primary performances up to a lack of name recognition, but he said he was most able to solve the problems that most interest Trump voters. "I think I can put a team together to get people to perform at a higher level than they would normally perform and to and all the strife, the bitterness, the partisanship and the divisions," he said. Kasich and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas want to deny Trump enough delegates so that the nominee is determined at the Republican National Convention in July.