In an interview on HBO’s “Real Time” with Bill Maher, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) gave a surprising answer to a question Maher asked about challenging Trump in 2020.
"I can see a scenario where in a lot of trouble, because he's an idiot," Maher said. "There could be a foreign-affairs disaster. He doesn't know anything about that. Russia could explode in his face. People could be dying from his health care. I could see a challenge in the Republican Party for 2020. Would you be up for that?"
"I'm going to finish my term in 18 months as the governor of our state, pull the state together and get it to do better and better and better," Kasich said. "That's what I'm all about—giving everybody a shot. And then I don't know what I'm going to do."
Kasich then said his focus is simply to “build a better world” and that he won’t be “plotting and scheming.”
"What is it I'm supposed to do in my lifetime to build a better world or build a better community or whatever? … I can't tell you what that's going to be,” Kasich said. “I'm not going to be plotting and scheming.”
Kasich also said he’s “rooting” for Trump “to do well for the same reason I root for a pilot on my airplane to do well.”
Kasich wouldn’t rule out a run in 2020, however.
In an interview with David Axelrod earlier in the week, Kasich said his "inclination is to say never run for anything again,” but he qualified the statement by saying, "You never want to say never to anything. You never know.”
"What I have found as I travel around the country for this book or I just travel around period is that people come to me and many of them are just almost begging me to run again,” Kasich told Axelrod.
In March, Kasich told CNN’s Dana Bash he had no plans to run for political office, at any level, again.
“I don’t see it, Dana,” said Kasich about running for office again. “Look, I have other things I have to do. You don’t close the door on anything, but I don’t have my eyes on that.”
(H/T: Washington Examiner)