John Kasich: ‘I’m Not Exactly Sure What the Goal Is’
John Kasich’s relentlessly positive stump speeches can often feel like motivational seminars. But on a rainy Tuesday night in Georgia, the man it sounded like Kasich was trying to motivate was himself.
“Here’s what I know. I know I’m doing my best,” he told a crowd of 100 supporters who had spilled outside of the Sandy Springs City Hall that was too small to accommodate all of those who had shown up. “I’m following the purpose that I think has been laid out for me.
And to achieve that goal …” He paused briefly.
“I’m not exactly sure what the goal is.
Some might say it’s being elected president.
Maybe it’s a different goal.”
A different goal? It would be easy to understand why Kasich might need a pep talk after the intoxicating high of his second place finish in New Hampshire crashed back to reality in South Carolina last week, where Kasich finished fifth in the primary last week. As soon as Jeb Bush dropped out, the question became when Kasich would join Bush in the departure lounge.
I can win my home state. Why would I clear the decks for them? They ought to be consolidating around me.”
Polling and common sense dictate that Kasich is the candidate who can win.”
“Maybe it’s raising the bar and giving people a sense this world can be a better place. That we can be positive. That we can have solutions,,” Kasich finished.
And maybe that’s enough.”
Roll Call columnist Patricia Murphy covers national politics for the Daily Beast. Follow her on Twitter at @1patriciamurphy.
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