John Kasich Wavering On GOP Loyalty Pledge: "Going To Look At It Every Day"

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CHUCK TODD: All right. Let me ask a politics question. Ted Cruz's campaign has repeatedly called for you to get out, saying a vote for you is a vote for Donald Trump. Now, we went through this last week. If you thought your position in this race strengthened Trump, would you get out?

JOHN KASICH: Chuck, I'm beating Hillary by 11 points. I'm the (LAUGH) only one that can win in the fall. And as you noticed, the narrative over the last week has been, "What is wrong with the party? Kasich's the guy that can win the general." Some people have said Kasich would be the best president. I mean, get out for what? If I'd have gotten out, Trump would be the nominee. He would have won Ohio. And frankly, we'll win some districts in Wisconsin. We will move to Pennsylvania, where I'm basically in a statistical tie--

CHUCK TODD: Okay--

JOHN KASICH: --with Trump. And when we go to New York and everywhere else, we're going to pick up delegates. So, I mean, it's absurd. It's absurd. You know, if you really want, let them consolidate behind me, because frankly, I'm the one that can win in the fall. And I'm the one that can get the crossover votes. So--

CHUCK TODD: All right. This campaign's--

JOHN KASICH: --happy Easter. (LAUGH)

CHUCK TODD: Yeah, there you go. The campaign tone has been, every time you think we've hit a low, it goes lower. You've based your whole campaign on not participating in that. So I get that. I know that's going to be one part of your answer. But can Ted Cruz or Donald Trump do something about this? Or is this all a Trump effect? What do you make of this?

JOHN KASICH: Well, first of all, Chuck, families have to be off-limits. I mean, you cannot get these attacks on families. And if this becomes the order of the day, what kind of people are we going to have in the future that are going to run for public office?

There's got to be some rules, and there's got to be something that gets set there. Some decency. And frankly, Chuck, at the end of the day, you know, it's-- what we need to do is we need to have programs to lift people, and not diminish people. And that's what we're seeing a lot of happening. But look, it's a long way to Tipperary. You're a long way to Cleveland.

CHUCK TODD: Yeah--

JOHN KASICH: Let's see what happens.

CHUCK TODD: And you still are committed to supporting Donald Trump, if he's the nominee?

JOHN KASICH: We're going to look at it every single day, and we'll see what happens. We've got a long way to go. And I don't want to project that he's going to be the nominee. I don't think he will be. And if he is, we'll be-- I'll have to-- I review it every day. That's all I can tell you--

CHUCK TODD: I was just going to say. It sounds like it's more hesitant every day.

JOHN KASICH: I said what I said, Chuck. And I'm done talking about this subject.

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