Ohio Gov. John Kasich denied any interest in partnering with GOP presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump files petition challenging taxes on DC hotel property Biden spills beans: Sanders will endorse Clinton Trump to meet with Senate GOP next week MORE as Ohio heads to the polls Tuesday in a primary that Kasich has said he must win to stay in the race.
“There’s no way I would team up with Donald Trump,” he told host Brian Kilmeade on Fox News’s “Fox & Friends." "No way, forget it."
“I’m going to be the nominee because we’re going to win Ohio. We’re going to move across this country with a positive attitude of bringing people together with a record that I’ve had both in Washington and Ohio,” he said the day of his home state primary.
“[It is a record] of bringing people together and reminding us that we’re Americans first before we’re anything else. We’ll fix these things that haunt us and bother us today. I can promise you that.”
Ohio is one of five states voting on Tuesday. Wins in all five could all but clinch the nod for Trump.
Kasich predicted during a separate interview on “CBS This Morning" that victory in Ohio would utterly transform the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
“We’re going to win Ohio, and then it’s a whole new ball game,” said Kasich, who has yet to win a single state. "I will be off all across the country.
“For the first time since I’ve been running for president, because I’ve been so positive, I’m starting to get the attention. I’ve had more attention in the last two weeks than really since I started this campaign. It’s because I really haven’t been wrestling in the mud with anybody.”
Kasich leads Trump and his other Republican presidential primary rivals by just over 3 points in the Buckeye State, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of polls. Ohio will award its 66 GOP delegates on a winner-take-all basis.