Kasich Resists GOP Calls to Drop Out

by | February 24, 2016 AT 1:00 PM

By Michelle Everhart

With some in the GOP trying to stop billionaire Donald Trump from becoming the presidential nominee and Ohio Gov. John Kasich's 5th place finish in South Carolina this weekend, it was only matter of time for a headline like this: "GOP to Kasich: Get out."

"The Republican establishment has a message for John Kasich: get out, and get out of Marco Rubio's way," POLITICO's Kyle Cheney writes. "A string of elected officials, GOP insiders and prominent donors officially threw their support behind Rubio on Monday, calling him their last chance to take down Donald Trump. Their statements had another common theme. Some explicitly called for Kasich to quit, while others sent the same message by saying the Ohio governor's ongoing presence is holding Rubio back."

And what does Kasich think about that? "I'm not gonna go shut something down because a bunch of people in the inner city of Washington who frankly never liked me from the beginning are going to tell me what I'm gonna do," he said.

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