No candidate on either side has been more vehemently outspoken against Donald Trump than Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
And yet when Kasich was asked Wednesday if he would support Donald Trump as a candidate, he balked and referenced the pledge he signed promising to support any Republican nominee.
“I signed the pledge, which is why you have to be careful with pledges you sign,” Kasich said, drawing some of the few laughs that escaped mouths at a sleepy Council on Foreign Relations event.
“But I will tell you, sir, there’s no way that Donald Trump is going to be president. He isn’t going to win. It’s not going to happen. And maybe we can all learn a little lesson from all of this,” Kasich said after suggesting that “something extreme” could cause him to break the pledge.
Jeb Bush has similarly punted the ball in response to questions about supporting Trump as the nominee. Kasich’s campaign did not respond when asked by The Daily Beast what comment would be extreme enough to get him to abandon the pledge.