John Kasich still isn’t over his loss to Trump


CLEVELAND — Ohio Gov. John Kasich once envisioned a scenario where he would swoop into the party’s convention and seize the Republican presidential nomination from Donald Trump.

On Tuesday, Kasich came to Cleveland but stayed away from the convention.

Two months after dropping out of the GOP race, the governor is openly boycotting the Trump coronation in his home state.

As the convention rolled on, Kasich met privately with state delegations and headlined a state party reception at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, about a mile from the convention site at Quicken Loans Arena.

Kasich avoided mentioning Trump at the event, instead using his brief remarks to contrast Trump’s blunt, populist views with the theme of his own campaign: unity and uplift.

“The message for me was never about rhetoric,” Kasich told a crowd of about 2,000. “There’s no way I would enter a race for president just to win an election.”

Kasich’s distance and his refusal to endorse Trump didn’t sit well with some of the party faithful in attendance. – READ MORE

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