GOP frontrunner Donald Trump told his supporters during his morning campaign event in La Crosse, Wisconsin that Ohio Gov. John Kasich should “get the hell out” of the race.
“He’s one and 30,” Trump said, meaning how many states Kasich has won. “He ought to get the hell out.”
“In all fairness to Jeb Bush and to Marco Rubio and to Rand Paul and to every single candidate that went out and worked hard that frankly, in most cases have done much better than Kasich, they could have stayed. He’s just a stubborn guy. He doesn’t want to leave,” Trump added.
The real estate mogul said Kasich could go to the Republican national convention and say he wants to be president, explaining, “That doesn’t mean he has to quit. He can go to the convention and put his name and say, ‘I want to run for president.’”
“He hurts me much more than he hurts Cruz,” Trump said about Kasich, saying a recent poll showed, “I get many more of his votes than Cruz gets.”
“He’s not even campaigning here,” Trump told the Wisconsin voters about Kasich.
“Let him go to the convention…let him put his name in contention,” Trump suggested. “It’s very, very unfrair just to have a stubborn guy like that to be campaigning.”
Trump also said he could have won Ohio if he had campaigned there instead of Florida.
“I would have beat him except instead of going to Ohio for one more day, I didn’t want to take the chance,” Trump explained, saying he saw a poll that suggested he was losing his lead in Florida.
“I would have won in Ohio,” if he hadn’t relied on the poll, Trump charged.