Kasich: It's pathetic if Dems, GOP can't work together on legislation

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) got heated during an interview on Sunday, saying it is “pathetic” if Democrats and Republicans can’t work together to successfully pass major legislation such as healthcare policy.

“Right now, off the get-go, it's all partisan,” Kasich told CNN’s Dana Bash on "State of the Union," urging that it is “unsustainable” for the two parties to not engage the other side.

“The Democrats did it with ObamaCare, and it's not sustainable, and the Republicans tried to do it with just Republicans. It doesn't work like that in our country. We're not at parliamentary system, and whenever you continue to operate like that, what you pass will never be sustainable,” he continued.

Kasich stressed that ObamaCare is “disintegrating,” so something must be done. But Kasich said the GOP healthcare proposal was too severe, saying it would have been “the mentally ill, the drug-addicted and chronically ill who will pay the price for politics.”

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Kasich said Republicans could reach out to Democrats behind the scenes to work on the issue.

“Frankly if Republicans quietly over time will reach out to Democrats, find a constructive ones, and you will begin to marginalize the extremes,” Kasich said. 

Kasich, who ended his presidential campaign last May, was also asked whether he’ll ever run for the Oval Office again.

"I just don't see it," he said.

"You don't close the door on anything," he added, however.