Kasich team: He will not be 'bullied' by Priebus
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A top aide for John Kasich slammed Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman Reince Priebus for saying that former candidates who don’t support Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSunday Shows preview: Lawmakers, Trump allies discuss Russia probe, migrant family separation Seth McFarlane: Fox News makes me 'embarrassed' to work for this company  'Art of the Deal' co-author: Trump would act like Kim Jong Un if he had the same powers MORE could be penalized in some way. 

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Priebus said Sunday that former candidates who have refused to back Trump despite signing a pledge during the primaries "need to get on board" and that the RNC will look into potential penalties for withholding support. 

“The idea of a greater purpose beyond oneself may be alien to political party bosses like Reince Priebus, but it is at the center of everything Governor Kasich does. He will not be bullied by a Kenosha political operative that is unable to stand up for core principles or beliefs," John Weaver, a top aide for Kasich said in a statement

“In fact, Reince should be thanking the Governor for standing for an inclusive, conservative vision that can actually win a national election and improve our country. The Governor is traveling the nation supporting down ballot Republicans and preventing a potential national wipeout from occurring on Reince’s watch."

Kaisch, along with former GOP candidates Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz wins charity basketball challenge against Jimmy Kimmel Pruitt’s new problem with the GOP: Ethanol The Memo: Trump’s media game puts press on back foot MORE and Jeb Bush, have refused to support Trump.