John Kasich Discusses 2nd Place New Hampshire Primary Finish

The Republican presidential candidate tells "GMA" what he has to do to overcome front-runner Donald Trump.
3:08 | 02/10/16

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Okay, robin, let's talk to John kasich fresh off that second place in New Hampshire last night. He's already in South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, this morning. Governor kasich, congratulations. 106 town meetings in new Hampshire. Is that what made the difference? George, I think that helped and it was a great grassroots organization and then onto of it was the message which is, you know, we're Americans before we're republicans and democrats. And we need to grow our economy which I've been able to do both in Washington and in Ohio and when we do that, we make sure we leave no one behind and the mentally ill, the drug addicted, working poor, everybody has a right to rise in America and restore the spirit of this country. That's really what it's all about, George, and, you know, it's really funny, as you and I talked yesterday, the light really did overcome the darkness. I had so many millions of ads run against me and yet we come out of there with a strong second and it's remarkable and feels great. Our pollsters are going through the results calling you the anti-trump. You were the candidate of experience. He's the outsider. You had that hopeful message. He's taking a hard line. Can you bring those together and when you look at the polls he beat you by 20 points. Question be stopped? Yeah, but, George, I beat him in dixville notch, it was 3-2. I think it was 2-1 but go ahead. But, George, here's the thing, look, it's a long race, right. We're here in South Carolina. We'll be here. We'll go through South Carolina ultimately to the midwest and you know what it's like in Illinois and in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania. And in the south, George, I've got to tell you, you know, Mississippi, you know Trent Lott, the guy doesn't lose many. We are very strong there. Got the governor of Alabama. We're building a team in Tennessee. This is a long, long race and, you know, everybody always understatements me, but it seems to always kind of work out. So we're just going to put one foot in front of the other. Jeb bush not getting out of this race at all about to face an onslaught from him and his aides say you have little or no chance in South Carolina, quote, kasich has consistently supported gutting the military and has no viable path in the palmetto state. Your response? Well, look, you got the bush campaign, I think they spent about $120 million and they've got like four delegates, I mean, they've got blown out of Iowa and did poorly in New Hampshire so they are spending all their money going negative and when you pound me I'm going to have to defend myself but I think it's sad. I think it's a sad situation when you've got to rely on negative to move voters which they haven't been able to do as opposed to articulating a positive vision. Why don't they do that and somebody ask them, well, what are you for and if what you're for isn't selling you got to ask yourself why you're running. At least if that was the case for me I'd be asking. I won't get diverted by it. I'm a rye formye reformer. Can you imagine bringing two wings of the party together with Donald Trump? Well, I don't know what that means. I mean, I'm running for president and, you know, we had a good night and we're just going to keep working. I absolutely do believe that I cannot only unify the party, but I also believe I can bring back that Reagan blue collar democrat who they were for Reagan and, George, here's the thing about it, most of these conservative democrats when they see a socialist winning they're like, what's happened to my party? I mean I'm a democrat but I'm certainly not a socialist. I think those are people we can attract. You're a democrat? No, I said we can attract the democrats, George, because -- well, look, my father was a democrat and I'm a strong conservative republican, but somehow it seems to resonate with them. Up in New Hampshire I had so many of the people in the democratic party say, hope you do well. Hope you win. I said, well, if I do I hope I get your vote in the fall. You got to switch over and vote republican. Thanks for joining us this morning. Thank you.

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