Kasich Campaign Press Release - Detroit News: Kasich Is Still the Best Choice
Note: "He is the only candidate left on either ballot with the combination of integrity, temperament, experience and maturity to honorably lead America."
The Detroit News
April 7, 2016
Pressure is mounting on John Kasich to get out of the Republican presidential primary race. And while it is true the Ohio governor statistically can not win the nomination outright by capturing a majority of the delegates, he should stay in the contest.
This newspaper endorsed him for the Michigan primary, in which he and Cruz finished virtually tied for second, for the same reasons we urge him not to abandon the fight now. He is the only candidate left on either ballot with the combination of integrity, temperament, experience and maturity to honorably lead America.
If Trump doesn't reach Cleveland in July with the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the nomination on the first ballot, the campaign for all practical purposes starts anew.
Kasich is the best choice for a number of reasons. First, he starts with a base of delegates already, about 10 percent of those that have been awarded. That's a small number, for sure, but every delegate will be priceless once the bargaining starts.
He's also had the benefit of being in the campaign from the beginning. He's competed in every primary, and has a nationwide organization. He would not be starting from scratch coming out of Cleveland.
Perhaps most important is Kasich's strength in Ohio, a state Republicans must win if they hope to prevail in a presidential election.
And then there's the fact that Kasich can actually beat Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee. Of the three remaining candidates, Kasich is the only one who polls ahead of Clinton in a head-to-head battle, and by solid margins. (He splits the polls in a match-up with the other Democrat, Bernie Sanders.)
The sudden faltering of Trump, evidenced by Cruz's win in Wisconsin Tuesday, makes the likelihood of a contested convention much greater. If it continues to be a three-man race, it's difficult to see a path for Trump to arrive in Cleveland with the required delegates.
Republicans will need broader choices, and someone who committed to the race should get preference. John Kasich should stay in the race till the end and make himself available should the Republican Party come to its senses at the convention.
Read the full editorial here.
John Kasich, Kasich Campaign Press Release - Detroit News: Kasich Is Still the Best Choice Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/317044