Ohio Gov. John Kasich, the last candidate to drop his bid for the GOP presidential nomination, said in an interview Thursday that it's "absolutely" possible that he could walk into the Republican National Convention next month without endorsing Donald Trump.
Kasich said he "can't go for [Trump's] dividing, name-calling, and somebody who doesn't represent conservative principles."
"Mr. Trump called me and said, 'Will you support me?'" Kasich told Fox News'
Bill Hemmer for the "America's Newsroom" program. "I said, 'We are like two companies with a different vision, a different value system and different objective.' It's hard to put that together. But the divisiveness and division and name-calling doesn't sit down well with me."
Kasich said he spoke with Trump "a couple of weeks ago," before the latest controversy concerning Trump's comments on US District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel's Mexican heritage.
"Frankly, this latest thing about this judge is terrible, it's just terrible," said Kasich. "I think the country needs a leader who can unify. The country needs a leader who can inspire confidence in everyone and make everyone feel like they are special. Then when you look at the policy stuff, we don't have to deal with entitlements. Are you kidding me? We have to modernize them and you can't do it with waste, fraud and abuse. We need conservative principles beyond the issue of his divisiveness."
There has been much argument that a candidate who does not win in Ohio can't win the White House, Hemmer told Kasich, who responded that the matter "is not a game for me," and now, more than ever, the United States needs to unify.
"We need to remember we are Americans before we are Republicans and Democrats," said Kasich. "It's a matter of who I think and what I think we need to get this country running in the right direction."
And, he continued, a "divider" can't win in Ohio.
"It's not on me how Donald Trump does in Ohio," said the blunt-talking governor. "It's on him how he does in the country. If you are going to insult his and is and turn off minorities, if you are going to have a reckless suggestions on foreign policy, that's not good. Why would I feel compelled to support somebody whose positions I fundamentally disagree with?"
Still, Kasich said he'll give Trump a chance to change, but he still has his doubts, especially after the candidate's comments on the judge, who is presiding over the case involving Trump University.
"Here is a guy born in Indiana," said Kasich of the judge. "[Trump] says he's biased. That's not good stuff, Bill."
Further, said Kasich, there has been "never a chance" of his becoming Trump's running mate, despite much speculation from political insiders.
"There was never a chance of that," Kasich said. "A lot of people called and talked to my folks. I have had people call me. But there was never ever, ever any consideration. And I didn't have that direct conversation with him."
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