Republican presidential candidate John Kasich on Monday snatched away a reporter’s microphone after a question about his performance in the GOP race.
“Governor, if you get to the convention in Cleveland and you’ve only won Ohio, do you think you’re qualified to be the nominee?” Financial Times reporter Demetri Sevastopulo asked Kasich in a New York deli.
“There’s no ‘if’ in there,” Kasich responded. "There’ll be ‘when.' At the end of the day, I think the Republican Party wants to pick somebody who can actually win in the fall.”
Sevastopulo then tried reiterating his question, only for Kasich to turn the tables on the reporter instead.
“But if you’ve only won Ohio…” he began before Kasich interjected.
“Can I finish?” Kasich asked.
“Can you answer my question?” Sevastopulo retorted.
“I’m answering the question the way I want to answer it,” Kasich said.
Kasich then grabbed Sevastopulo’s recording device and turned it around to face the reporter.
“You want to answer that?” he asked. "Here, let me hold that. Let me ask you — what do you think? Come on.”
“No, you’re the candidate,” Sevastopulo said.
The Ohio governor has repeatedly vowed to win the GOP nomination at a contested convention.
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