Ohio Governor and former presidential candidate John Kasich appeared on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ on Sunday where Chuck Todd asked him how he will be voting in November.
Kasich is a highly popular governor of one of the most important battleground states in the country — historically and in this election cycle. Who he supports and how he votes could literally determine who will be moving into the White House come January, a fact that is not lost on the shrewd politician.
On Hillary Clinton, Kasich kept the position he has taken repeatedly, that he would not be voting for Clinton. In Kasich’s words, “No, of course not.”
At the same time, when Todd asked him whether his unqualified opposition to voting for Clinton meant that he was going to vote for the Republican nominee, Kasich said that he was “no closer” to voting for Trump. As Chuck Todd pressed him, Kasich offered a response he has given repeatedly since dropping out of the presidential race: “It’s very very likely I will not [vote for Trump].” He did qualify that, however, by saying that the decision was “too early to make … I’ll do it when I want to do it.”
Kasich has been notably distant from Trump, taking the unusual step of skipping the Republican National Convention which was held in his state. Earlier this week, Kasich appeared at the White House where he was invited by President Obama to help with the President’s plan to push through the Trans Pacific Partnership, a trade treaty which Kasich strongly supports.
It is unclear whether any of this is any sign that Kasich is going to come out against Donald Trump at some point, but even if Kasich simply refuses to support Trump — which he has so far — it would create a significant hurdle to Trump winning Ohio in November. Ohio is a must win for Trump if he wants to have a chance at winning. Hillary Clinton can still win the election even if she loses Ohio.