John Kasich told a crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that he's putting his money on the likelihood of a contested Republican convention where no candidate comes in with the nomination secured.
“I don’t think anybody is going to get that," the presidential contender said Friday when asked if someone will win the majority of delegates ahead of July's convention.
"As crazy as this year is — theres no one here who would say this isn’t nuts — can you think about anything cooler than a convention?”
The contested convention is likely the only viable path for Kasich, who is lagging by hundreds of delegates behind the rest of the field.
While the Ohio governor smiled as he talked about the possibility of a contested convention, he warned that the party elites can't control the process once it gets there.
"It has to be done fairly ... you can't have a bunch of people in smoke-filled rooms," he said. "My only fear of the convention is that these connected interests would dominate.”
"You will not beat him by smearing him, you will beat him by having a vision and record who shows people who are frustrated," he said.
"The key is who has the record and vision, not just political jiberish," he said. "I've already done these things I just want to get back and do it again.”