Kasich Laughs Off Pro-Cruz Super PAC Attacks Ahead of Wisconsin Primary
“I think it’s funny,” the Ohio governor said.
By NICKI ROSSOLL
April 3, 2016, 1:08 PM
• 4 min read
-- Gov. John Kasich says he isn't worried about Trusted Leadership PAC, which supports Ted Cruz, ramping up its attacks against him ahead of Wisconsin's primary.
"I think it's funny," Kasich told George Stephanopoulos on "This Week." "It's what you put up with in a campaign and of course that distorts virtually everything."
The group released a 30-second ad titled "Kasich Won't Play" that accuses the Ohio governor of having a "liberal record."
Kasich and Cruz have been strengthening their attacks against each other ahead of the Wisconsin primary, as they fight to be the alternative to current Republican front-runner Donald Trump.
"I've spoken out. I've said what I want to say, but frankly, I'm interested in talking about my record of job growth, of creating security for people in the workplace, getting better wages and making sure our kids have a better future and a better tomorrow," Kasich said.
The Ohio governor looked ahead, past Tuesday's Wisconsin primary, to contests in New York and Pennsylvania where the he believes he'll be successful.
"We’re very excited about heading to New York," the Ohio governor said. "We're virtually tied with Donald Trump in Pennsylvania. We're starting to get to more home turf for me."
Kasich's hopes of winning the Republican nomination rest on a contested convention, but under the last [or 2012] convention's rules, the Ohio governor would not be eligible.
The party's rule 40(b) requires a candidate to win a majority of delegates in at least eight states in order to be nominated on the floor of the convention. So far Kasich has only won his home state of Ohio.
The rules for the GOP's 2016 convention will be written at the start of the convention this summer, so there is a possibility they could change. But it will be a difficult battle for Kasich to get them revised. Sen. Ted Cruz has already argued that the rules from the 2012 convention should not change.
"I'm not going to spend time on process," Kasich said, dismissing the rule. "We just have to keep going and we're going to have an open convention. It's going to be so much fun."
Kasich reinforced why he believes he'll come out on top in a contested convention.
"There's two strong things I have going for me. Number one, I beat Hillary Clinton in virtually every poll. I'm the only one that does it on the Republican side," he said. "Secondly, when they look at the record -— when they look at the record of job growth, the record of international foreign policy knowledge and experience, I believe that a convention will look at somebody like me and that’s why I think I’m going to be the nominee."