GOP presidential candidate John Kasich, who picked up a major South Carolina newspaper's endorsement this week, said Thursday that he's got a lot in common with former President Ronald Reagan and ex-House Speaker Newt Gingrich, because "the establishment" never liked them, either.
"Guess what, the establishment is afraid of me because I don't take orders from anybody over there," the Ohio governor told MSNBC's "Morning Joe"
host Joe Scarborough, who he said was also not liked by establishment Republicans.
"We aren't anti-establishment, but at the same time we don't like the status quo, and we really believe in change," said Kasich.
However, he continued, "nobody is going to come riding in on a white stallion to solve all of the problems in our community, whether it's education, whether it's drugs, whether it's the fact that we feel divided."
, which endorsed Kasich on Wednesday, lauded Kasich's background while slamming candidates like Donald Trump, saying that a president's skills can't end with "insults, bullying and firing people" and urged voters to choose "a candidate whose leadership approach has delivered results."
Kasich, meanwhile, said his campaign is doing as well as it can in South Carolina, and that he'll head to Vermont and Massachusetts on Saturday, the day of South Carolina's primary.
He also listed out his plans for traveling the United States and said he feels very hopeful about his chances.
"Just keep your seat belt fastened," he said. "There is a long, long way to go and we are very hopeful. As you can see us moving up, just everybody keep the faith. They doubted me. They always doubt me. It's always great to be underestimated."
Sandy Fitzgerald has more than three decades in journalism and serves as a general assignment writer for Newsmax covering news, media, and politics.
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