John Kasich says he couldn’t beat President Donald Trump in a GOP primary

Gov. John Kasich on Wednesday voiced doubts about challenging President Donald Trump in 2020, saying right now he couldn’t beat the president in a Republican primary.

“I don’t get into things that I don’t think I can win,” the term-limited governor said during a Columbus Metropolitan Club luncheon. “And I think right now, today, inside the Republican Party, I can’t beat him [Trump] in a primary.”

Kasich again brought up the prospect of running for president as a independent, though he noted that such candidates usually don’t win.

“I don’t have to be a candidate to have a voice,” the governor said. “Because I will have a voice, believe me.”

However, Kasich indicated he could change his mind if the political winds change. “We’ll see,” he said.

Kasich also indicated he would soon veto legislation that would shift the burden of proof in use-of-force cases from the defendant to the prosecution.

Ohio is the only state in the nation to require defendants in use-of-force cases to prove they acted in self-defense, rather than make it the prosecution’s job to show that the defendant didn’t act in self-defense.

The legislation, House Bill 228, would also loosen a number of Ohio gun-control rules – including allowing individuals to challenge local gun-control ordinances in court.

Kasich expressed frustration that the Republican-dominated legislature failed to act on his package of gun reforms, including a proposed “red-flag” law that would allow authorities to confiscate guns from those deemed to be a threat to themselves or others.

“This really infuriates me,” the governor said of lawmakers’ refusal to act on his proposals.


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