Ohio Gov. John Kasich says Hillary Clinton has steadily attacked him in his quest for the Republican presidential nomination, but warns the Democratic front-runner should be more careful because she lives in "a glass house."
"I've been very disappointed [in Clinton]," Kasich said in an interview on Newsmax TV
with J.D Hayworth aired Friday on "Newsmax Prime."
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"She's like attacking me now all the time. I've said that can come later and I'm just a little disappointed in her. It's politics for her. This lady, you know, when you live in a glass house, just be careful the stones you throw."
Kasich believes the former secretary of state is going after him because she's worried about her own vulnerability.
Clinton has been dogged by the controversy surrounding her use of a private email account and server during her time in the State Department.
In recent weeks, both Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Vice President Joe Biden, who has yet to enter the race, have risen in the presidential polls.
"Oh yeah. We know the Democrats have said … that I'm the candidate they most fear in the general election and that's because I bring all the elements of bringing people together and not being a divider," Kasich said.
"You'd have to ask them but it's my reform agenda, the accomplishments. To be president, you need issues, you need personality and you need vision. You got to have two of the three. Everybody's going to have to judge who's got that."
Kasich said he believes different factions of the GOP are starting to come together as allies in the race for the White House.
"You know, what's interesting is [what] John Weaver, one of my national strategists, has said. He's now seeing people come together who have never worked together before," Kasich told Hayworth.
"The [Sen. John] McCain people, some of the [Mitt] Romney people, some of the old [George] Bush people. It seems to be coming together.
"And look, the only way to run for president is to take the first step and the first couple steps are the Iowa caucus and then New Hampshire. If you do well in those states, you're poised to be able to move on."
With that in mind, "I'm most focused on town halls and efforts in New Hampshire and getting started in Iowa," he said.
Asked about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's dramatic departure from the race following the plummeting of his poll numbers and waning financial support, Kasich said:
"I like Scott a lot. He came into governorship with me, fought some tough battles, and my reaction to it is I'm sad … He's a heck of a guy and he's young. He's like 47 years old. I mean impossibly young. He'll have another shot."
Kasich himself has been lagging in the latest polls of Republican primary voters.
A USA Today/Suffolk University poll
released this week shows Kasich in sixth place, tying with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky with just 2 percent of the vote.
Kasich said the main concern of American voters is having somebody competent in the White House.
"At the end of the day, people want somebody who knows how to land the plane," he said.
"I'm just going to hang in there telling people who I am, what my record is, and what my vision is, and let them get to know me a little bit and that will either work or it won't."
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