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John Kasich: 'Unlikely' I Will Run for Elected Office Again

("CBS This Morning")

By    |   Monday, 24 Apr 2017 12:44 PM

Ohio Gov. John Kasich told "CBS This Morning" on Monday that he probably won't run for elected office again.

"Unlikely that I will ever seek office again, but you never know," the Republican said while promoting his new book, "Two Paths: America Divided or United."

Kasich, who was defeated by President Donald Trump in the 2016 GOP primary, said he "couldn't believe that people were just not outraged" about the way the real estate mogul pulled people down during the campaign.

The governor said he did not endorse Trump or go to the Republican convention, because "my words mean something to me" and that he wouldn't support candidates in either party "that are going to seek to divide us."

Speaking about current topics, Kasich warned that a repeal of Obamacare, especially Medicaid expansion, would "devastate people in my state. There is a way to fix all of this. I don't think there is anybody that doesn't think that Obamacare couldn't be improved… but [the bitter political atmosphere has] gotten so bad that when the Republicans took over they never thought about talking to Democrats …. nothing big can be sustained if you don't have both parties working at it."

Kasich, former chairman of the House Budget Committee, said he doesn't think the government will shut down with a looming Friday deadline for a spending package, because "no one wants one. I think the people who are way out there and want to be destructive, I think they will not be listened to... I suspect it'll be worked out."

Kasich stressed throughout the interview that "we have to unite ourselves because if we continue to be divided, we're not going to make progress as a nation or as a culture."

Adding that "as a country, we got to get our act together and realize that these other human beings that we may not agree with are decent and good people and we should listen to them a little bit."

But Kasich also emphasized that it is not only up to the political system and leaders, but also the followers, who have a responsibility to reject those who are divisive.

"If the leader's not going to take you to a better place, why are you following him," he said, adding that "Martin Luther King didn't fix America by starting at the top, the politicians wouldn't even meet with him, he drove it at the community level."

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