Republican presidential candidate John Kasich suggested during an interview Sunday that rival Ted CruzTed CruzGraham, Cruz proposal to defund the U.N. is misguided Right renews push for term limits as Trump takes power Dissenting nominees give hope to GOP skeptics of Trump MORE should drop out of the race for the GOP nomination.

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“Maybe Ted ought to get out because he can’t win in the fall,” the Ohio governor said on NBC's "Meet the Press." 

“Maybe these people that are hot on that ought to tell him to do it. You know, they tried to tell me to get out of the race how many times, Chuck?” he asked host Chuck Todd.

Kasich's comments came after he was asked if he would consider dropping out to prevent splitting the Republican vote and inadvertently handing more delegates to Donald TrumpDonald TrumpKaine, Warner press Trump admin to repair Arlington Memorial Bridge Overnight Regulation: Dem asks SEC to probe health pick | Interior nominee questioned on public lands, climate Congress must ensure charities remain safety net for patients MORE.

Cruz said Friday that “there’s no good reason” for Kasich to stay in the race.

“When you go 1-for-27, that’s a problem,” the Texas senator said of Kasich during a Friday interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity. “At this point, it is clear the voters have decided it’s a two-man race.”