How Kasich's two thousand sixteen Running Got on the Offensive

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 4:45 AM

Y. - John Kasich launched a full on, multi-pronged criticism of Donald Trump latest Thursday, calling him "unmoored and untethered" and "unprepared to be president" after the GOP frontrunner stirred up another few days of controversy.

How Kasich's two thousand sixteen Running Got on the Offensive

HEMPSTEAD, N. Y. - John Kasich launched a full on, multi-pronged criticism of Donald Trump latest Thursday, calling him "unmoored and untethered" and "unprepared to be president" after the GOP frontrunner stirred up another few days of controversy.

The following day, on Friday, he offered his clearest critique yet of TX Sen. Ted Cruz, telling reporters that Cruz "has no record."

"His record is shutting down the government and making everybody he works with upset," the OH Gov said.

Then, while talking to reporters on Long Island, N. Y. on Monday, Kasich referred to Cruz as "Sen. Ted, the smear artist," referring to ads the Cruz campaign ran against him in Wisconsin. "We have one guy with number experience and the other guy who'south experience amounts to shutting down the government and calling the Majority Boss a liar," Kasich later added.

Kasich, who'south earned distant less delegates than either Trump or Cruz, for months refrained from engaging any of his rivals directly, even when he was consistently prodded. But he's slowly moved closer to directly taking on his Republican opponents for the latest several weeks, transitioning from a candidate who persistently resisted ever mentioning any of their names to one who feels more comfortable making direct and clear contrasts.

But latest Thursday, just five blocks far from Trump Tower in NY CIty , and in the middle and the glare of the nation'south media capital, Kasich seized the opportunity to emphasize a shift after the genuine estate mogul'south recent comments about abortion, NATO, nuclear weapons, the Supreme Court, and the Geneva Conventions.

"He'south not prepared to be president of the United States," Kasich said.

"The last twenty-four hours have been extraordinary, to declare the least," he later told reporters during a press conference in Philadelphia. "Mr. Trump, I think, you declare a trifecta -- this is more than a trifecta. This is a five element that he did within the last twenty-four hours where he'south really been way off kilter."

It started with an early-morning statement, and then Kasich repeated his criticism across multiple TV networks, and tripled and quadrupled down in two separate press conferences in NY and Philadelphia.

Kasich proudly boasts that he doesn't go negative, getting some of his biggest town corridor applause lines when he declares, "I won't get the low road to the highest office in the land." But while he says he'll never obtain into personal attacks or "in the mud," he's always maintained that policy differences are objective game.

Kasich'south extensive remarks about Trump made headlines, yet the governor'south decision to call out Trump and Cruz in recent days were just the latest in a culmination of statements from a candidate increasingly more confident about vocalizing his discomfort with views of his opponents.

In the fall, when Kasich'south poll numbers were tanking, he bemoaned the election as "crazy" at a rally in Columbus, Ohio, declaring he "had it with these people." A day later at the CNBC debate in Colorado, he dismissed Trump and Ben Carson as inexperienced with "fantasy" ideas.

Kasich'south campaign Twitter account engaged in a slew of anti-Trump attacks, and in December, his campaign launched a mock website where Trump chose Putin as his running mate.

But after that, Kasich moved to stay out the fray for several months, largely resisting daily attempts from both journalists and voters to knock his rivals or even proposal up any pointed policy distinctions. When voters at NH town halls asked him to assistance them create their decision and differentiate himself from the other governors in the race, he declined, and would only speak about his own record. The night he finished second in the NH primary, he asserted, "the light overcame the darkness of negative campaigning."

That night, Kasich spoke with a tiny grouping of reporters on his plane from NH to SC about why he felt his positive message helped propel him to his second space finish. "I'm starting to really think we're on to something," he said. "I'm starting to really think that the positive nature of a campaign could be very effective. I'm starting to think it could be true. We're going to see."

A small over a week later, on February nineteen, a woman at Kasich'south town corridor in Columbia, S Carolina, wondered how he could address the nation's "moral compass" when the country was willing to "put believe in a man who gets more out of making fun of other candidates than really, truly embracing the issues."

Kasich jokingly responded, "What, do you think I should obtain on the stage and just love tackle him? You know, that ain't going to work. He weighs more than I do, OK."

"But I do believe in the intelligence of the American voter," he added. "Some people are going to vote for that because that'south their way of saying, 'the system sucks."

The first, genuine initial shift where Kasich moved closer to taking on his rivals came a week after the SC primary and days before Super Tuesday, when Kasich was so upset about what he heard that he felt a responsibility to kick off his town corridor addressing it. Speaking to a crowd of voters on February twenty-eight in Springfield, Massachusetts, Kasich forcefully called out Donald Trump for not disassociating himself quickly sufficient with David Duke in a CNN interview.

"I don't realize it, Donald Trump refused to disassociate himself and condemn white supremacists," Kasich said. "Every day it'south another thing… that'south just horrific, we don't have any space for white supremacists in the United States of America and it just doesn't create any sense to me and he really needs to create this position clear and he out to do it quickly."

Trump later accused the situation on a horrible earpiece during the interview.

But when Kasich spoke to reporters the following day, it was suggested that he "condemned" Trump with those comments, and Kasich asserted that the utilize of the word "condemned" was "pretty harsh."

"Of course I totally dispute with him," he said, but "I'm not in the business of condemnation of most people."

Then, as violence at Trump'south rallies began to create headlines and videos emerged of protesters getting punched, Kasich dodged a direct response to the situation when asked about it after a town corridor in Moraine, OH on March eleven. "Well, we don't wish to have violence at any rally, we don't have them at our rallies," he flatly stated. "I just can't comment on what the heck has happened at his rallies I've never been to one, don't expect to be going."

But later that night, violence erupted in Chicago after Trump'south scheduled event was cancelled. By the following day, seeing the protest images on television were sufficient for Kasich to stage a press conference just to address them. In front of a grouping of reporters in Sharonville, Ohio, Kasich partly accused Trump for the atmosphere that led to the unrest. "Donald Trump has created a toxic environment, and a toxic environment has allowed his supporters and those who sometimes seek confrontation to arrive together in violence," Kasich said. "There is number space for this, there is number space for a national boss to pray on the fears of people who live in our great country."

Later that day after a town corridor in Heath, Ohio, when asked by NBC News about whether families in OH should perceive secure bringing their children to Trump rallies, Kasich said that he'd not bring his own daughters to one since "it'south too crazy."

The day of the critical OH primary, on March fifteenth, Kasich offered his clearest preview yet of how he planned to get on Donald Trump as the race narrowed, voicing concern over what he saw in an anti-Trump campaign ad that used some of Trump'south quotes about women.

"Running a positive campaign has been really, really excellent and I think my neighbors have been pleased of me," he told reporters gathered after he cast his ballot in his hometown of Westerville. "I know my daughters are and my wife. I will, however forced going forward, to speak about some of the deep concerns I've about the way this campaign has been running by some others - by one other in particular. But today isn't the day to do that. I've been very concerned. I just saw a commercial, I guess it was latest night, of these comments that were made about women. I've two daughters. They look this stuff. What do you think they think? I'll have more to declare about that."

Kasich claimed that morning that he wasn't alert of many of Trump'south controversial comments until recently before that. "I really was not. I really wasn't," he said. "I'm not really paying that much attention to that…You know things move really quick in a presidential campaign. You don't really focus on - I focus on what I'm going to be doing at my following event. I'm focused on who'south winning the golf tournament that I'm interested in. That'south really it. I don't focus on what somebody else is doing in some other campaign. So it was really the first time that my eyes were really opened - which meant I was probably love a normal voter, to be honest with you."

Kasich took an opportunity to launch a blunt critique of Trump on March seventeenth, when he went on a 4-piece Twitter storm berating Trump for predicting there could be "riots" at the Republican National Conference if Trump was denied the nomination, calling the assertion "unacceptable speech" and an "implicit acceptance of violence."

Kasich piled on that afternoon in a phone interview with ABC News: "You know, he'south not running for the presidency of WWE, he'south running for president of the United States." Speaking to reporters in Orem, UT the following day, he added that Trump'south prediction was "an incendiary comment."

The tragic attacks in Brussels only accentuated the opportunity for Kasich to differentiate himself from his opponents. Speaking with Fox News Radio on March twenty-ninth, Kasich referred to Trump'south proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States and his statements that he wouldn't regulation out using nuclear weapons against ISIS, calling it "the most ridiculous outlined foreign policy I've ever heard."

Kasich'south critiques of Trump have ebbed and flowed with what Trump was in trouble for on the trail, as the Gov well-known during his MSNBC town corridor in Queens, NY on March thirtieth. He told host Chuck Todd he'd have fired Trump'south campaign manager Corey Lewandowski if he were in the same position. "Now I heard there'south a video," Kasich said of Lewandowski'south altercation with a reporter. "I would've gotten rid of him. Period."

"Sometimes it'south a roller coaster is the way I look him," Kasich later added about Trump. "Sometimes he calms down. In the latest debate we'd he was very calm. And, then these crazy things start happening."

At the MSNBC town hall, Kasich also took issue with Ted Cruz'south call to bomb ISIS until "sand glows in the dark," and Cruz'south proposal to patrol Muslim neighborhoods, he said, was "very disturbing to me because it pulls the country apart," a sentiment he echoed at his town halls in PA and Wisconsin.

Amid Kasich'south critiques of Trump, he maintains that he can appeal and relate to those who support him. In his NY City press conference, he looked into the camera and made a direct plea for those voters to arrive over to his side instead: "While the person that you've favored continues to move in an unmoored and untethered fashion, I realize that at times he'south the vessel for your frustration. I wish to proposal myself up as a vessel."

"When I look a no of these things that I've been said, I've to declare something about it," Kasich also added. "If I don't declare something about I really perceive as though a public official that I'm not doing my job… there are times that I've to speak out."

On Long Island on Monday, Kasich warned reporters that he doesn't think they shouldn't get his statements as changing course, but affirming that he'll hit turn things around if sees something that warrants it.

"I'm speaking out at times," he said. "So don't get this that I'm somehow going in another direction. See at what I declare when I'm talking to voters. It'south a very positive message and it'south a message of vision. But I'm also not going to sit around and have people whack and me. I'm just going to go running away? I'm not a scared little boy."

Then in front of a large crowd at The Paramount in Huntington that night, he defended his tune: "I wish to tell you something -- I'm not marshmallow or a pincushion. You wish to get a whack at me, let'south obtain it on."

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