April 24, 2016

No, this is not a headline from The Onion. Ohio Governor and presidential candidate John Kasich told Face the Nation host John Dickerson that his campaign is starting to vet potential running mates just in case all hell breaks loose at the Republican convention and the party decides to take this thing away from Trump and Cruz and nominate him instead:

DICKERSON: Let me ask you about the convention coming up, the Republican Party Convention. There are reports that you have been vetting running mates. Will -- and that you might announce one as early as June. What can you tell us about that?

KASICH: Well, we have some old hands now who are beginning to do that. These things come quickly, and you don't want to have yourself in position where you have got to pick somebody out of a hat. So I have some skilled hands who are beginning now to take a look and figure out who would really fit.

And it's just starting, so there isn't a lot to report.

DICKERSON: I could imagine, though, John Kasich, in making his argument to the delegates, might say, hey, here is the ticket, not just John Kasich. Here is what the ticket would look like, and that might be...


KASICH: Well, I think that's interesting.

DICKERSON: Might do you that?

KASICH: Might be. Might be. Yes, I mean, it's possible.

I don't run the campaign. I'm just the candidate, OK? Well, I know what is going on. I had to approve that we were going to start vetting. These are things you talk about as a group. I will have my strong opinions of it at some point, but we're at the preliminary -- we're at the preliminary stage.

And, yes, I think it's always possible. Reagan tried to do that in 1976. He didn't win.

DICKERSON: Didn't work out so well for him.

KASICH: He was offering a vice president.



Well, you know, did work out later. And he influenced the country and there's something to be said for that.

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