John Kasich is scoffing at critics who say he’s denying Marco Rubio wins by staying in the Republican presidential race.
“Maybe he’s taking votes away from me,” Kasich told reporters Wednesday after a town hall in Grand Blanc, Michigan.
Kasich points to his second place finishes in Massachusetts and Vermont, alleging he would’ve won Vermont had Rubio not sent a “hit man” there days before. Kasich didn’t specify who the so-called hit man was, but Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado suggested Kasich should drop out of the race while campaigning for Rubio in Vermont a few days before the Super Tuesday contest.
Kasich’s rationale for staying in the race relies on the idea that he will win his home state of Ohio on March 15 as Rubio loses Florida.
Kasich also ridiculed Rubio for engaging in personal attacks against Trump all week for the benefit of winning only Minnesota last night.
Of the calls for him to drop out and clear the way for Rubio, Kasich says, “frankly it doesn’t even aggravate me because it’s just silly.'”
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