DURHAM, N.H. Former two-term Ohio Gov. John Kasich,back in New Hampshire for the first time in the year, mostly but not entirely closed the door Thursday on a primary challenge against President Trump.
Kasich, who finished second to Trump in the 2016 New Hampshire Republican presidential primary, said during an event at the University of New Hampshire that he wont file to place his name on the first-in-the-nation presidential primary ballot.
What it looks like for me at this point and time is, there is no path. Were only eight days away from the filing deadline here and I dont intend to file because I dont see a path, Kasich emphasized during a book-tour stop in the Granite State.
KASICH SAYS HE SEES NO PATH TO PRIMARY CHALLENGING TRUMP
Kasich has noted for months he didnt see a clear path to a primary victory.
Still, the very vocal Trump critic didnt totally shut to door to running in 2020, saying he didnt know what the future would bring.
There might be a path that I stumble across sometime soon, Kasich noted. I dont know what will happen in this election cycle.
He also didnt rule out a 2024 run, noting, I dont know what will happen in this election cycle. I know this in the next election cycle I will be younger than the three leading candidates that are running for president today in the Democratic Party, so thats always a possibility.
Kasich never endorsed Trump, even after the real estate mogul clinched the presidential nomination. Kasich also skipped the 2016 Republican nominating convention, which was held in his home state of Ohio.
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Fox News noted that Kasich didnt entirely close the door to running, possibly after the primaries, whilehe spoke with reporters after his event.
If a group of people were to say, Hey, look, we have a problem here, could you get in, or whatever, its not inconceivable that something like that could happen. But, Im not sitting around worrying about that or betting on it, he said.
Im not just willing to say that there isnt going to be some way in which I could do this again. I dont know, but for now, I dont see it.
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Kasichs stop in New Hampshire came hours after Vice President Pence was also in the state, filing to place Trumps name on the presidential primary ballot.
Three long-shot Republicans have been challenging the president in the primary: Bill Weld, a former Massachusetts governor; Mark Sanford, a former South Carolina governor and congressman; and Joe Walsh,a former Illinois congressman turned conservative radio talk show host.B: