Kasich: 'I am going to leave Cleveland as the nominee’
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Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) on Thursday said that he would become the GOP presidential nominee after a contested Republican National Convention.

“I am going to leave Cleveland as the nominee,” he said during the annual New York State GOP gala in New York City.

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“Whether you believe it or not, it’s going to happen,” Kasich added. "We are going to go to a convention. This is not about the nomination. This is about who can win the White House after defeating Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump's economic approval takes hit in battleground states: poll This is how Democrats will ensure Trump's re-election The Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico MORE.”

Kasich said that either Clinton or Bernie SandersBernie SandersChamber of Commerce argues against Democratic proposals for financial transaction taxes Top Sanders adviser: 'He is a little bit angry' Working Families Party endorses Warren after backing Sanders in 2016 MORE would escalate the national debt if elected president.

“We have $19 trillion in debt,” he said. "When the debt goes up, your opportunities to get a job go down. By the time they’re done giving away all the free stuff, the debt will be up to $30 trillion and no one will be able to get a job. This is why we have to stop them.”

Kasich added that GOP voters should reject Republican presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTed Cruz knocks New York Times for 'stunning' correction on Kavanaugh report US service member killed in Afghanistan Pro-Trump website edited British reality star's picture to show him wearing Trump hat MORE and Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTed Cruz knocks New York Times for 'stunning' correction on Kavanaugh report 2020 Democrats call for Kavanaugh to be impeached Warren: Kavanaugh 'should be impeached' just like Trump MORE, because they are too unlikable.

“Do you know what will happen if we nominate people who have high negatives and can’t beat Hillary?” he asked. "There’s a very good chance your Senate majority leader becomes your Senate minority leader.

“We risk losing everything from the White House to the state house to the court house if we don’t promote a positive, uplifting message. It’s not pie in the sky," he said.