Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Monday night he is “not comfortable” with an ad launched by the super-PAC supporting his presidential bid that featured an emotional moment from a recent campaign event.
New Day for America, which can’t legally coordinate with Kasich’s campaign, released a TV ad narrated by actor Tim Allen earlier Monday, including a clip from a town hall where the Ohio governor embraced a supporter who thanked him for boosting his morale amid hardship.
“I don’t like it. I think it spoke for itself. I’m not going to yell at my people who you know I’m not even connected to, to go take something off the air, but I’m not comfortable with that,” Kasich said on Fox News’s “The Kelly File.”
“If I can be able to touch people and have them safe to come and talk about things they care about, that’s great,” Kasich continued. “But I don’t know, something strikes me wrong about it.”
While pressure starts to mount for him to drop out as the GOP establishment rallies around rival Marco RubioMarco RubioWhat Trump's Cabinet picks reveal House passes water bill with Flint aid, drought relief What the 2016 election can tell us about 2018 midterms MORE, Kasich reaffirmed he'll remain in the race and touted the fact he's drawing large crowds to his events.
The Ohio governor, who placed second in New Hampshire, had a disappointing fifth-place finish in South Carolina. But Kasich acknowledged he didn’t expect to fare well in the Palmetto State and is looking toward better prospects on Super Tuesday.
“It was a precious moment, but they’ve been happening for six months. And that sort of longing is why you stay in this race and I’m excited about the future here,” Kasich said.