Republican presidential candidate John Kasich on Monday said that Indiana’s voters should still back him, despite an alliance with Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzEl Chapo's lawyer fires back at Cruz: 'Ludicrous' to suggest drug lord will pay for wall Democrats have a chance of beating Trump with Julian Castro on the 2020 ticket Poll shows competitive matchup if O’Rourke ran for Senate again MORE to clear the way for his presidential rival in the state's Republican primary.

“I’ve never told them not to vote for me,” he said at a diner in Philadelphia. "They ought to vote for me.

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“I’m not out there campaigning and spending resources,” Kasich added. "I’m not going to spend resources in Indiana. [Cruz is] not going to spend resources in other places.

“So what? What’s the big deal? What’s wrong with that? I’m not campaigning in Indiana, and he’s not campaigning in those other states. That’s all.”

Cruz and Kasich on late Sunday announced a joint effort aimed at keeping Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration MORE from the GOP presidential nomination.

The pair’s strategy hinges on blocking Trump from getting the 1,237 delegates needed to avoid a contested Republican National Convention in July.

As part of the Indiana agreement, Cruz is making space for the governor in later voting contests in Oregon and New Mexico.

Kasich said on Monday that his partnership with Cruz is a necessity, pointing to his campaign’s resources.

“I don’t have, like, Daddy Warbucks behind me giving all this money,” he said. “I have to be careful about my resources.

“You ought to feel good about it. My campaign is like the people’s campaign. I have a campaign which has been outspent like 50 to 1.”

A top aide to Kasich’s campaign on Monday said that Indiana voters understand Kasich’s overall goal is keeping Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRoger Stone shares, quickly deletes Instagram photo of federal judge on his case Barack, Michelle Obama expected to refrain from endorsing in 2020 Dem primary: report Why the national emergency? A second term may be Trump’s only shield from an indictment MORE from the presidency.

“We’re not telling voters who to vote for in IN, only where we are going spend resources to ultimately defeat Hillary,” campaign strategist John Weaver tweeted of the Democratic presidential front-runner. “They get it.”

Trump leads Cruz, his closest challenger in Indiana, by just over 6 points before its primary on May 3, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of polls.

He tops Cruz by 12 points nationwide.

This report was updated at 11:44 a.m.