Marco Rubio effectively pleaded with Ohio Republicans to get out and vote Tuesday – for John Kasich.

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Rubio wants Ohio voters to vote for Kasich; won't say if he'll run for governor



Marco Rubio effectively pleaded with Ohio Republicans to get out and vote Tuesday – for John Kasich.

“Clearly John Kasich has a better chance of winning Ohio than I do, and if a voter in Ohio concludes that voting for John Kasich gives us the best chance to stop Donald Trump there, I anticipate that what they'll do," Rubio told reporters in West Palm Beach.

This comes as Rubio has been saying a vote for Kasich or Ted Cruz in Florida is a vote for Donald Trump.

Here's the rest of the news as provided to the Buzz from our erstwhile colleague Michael Bender, now with Bloomberg.

Rubio was asked about a "unity ticket," in which he'd run with Cruz (with Cruz on top).

“I’ve never talked to Ted Cruz about that, I’ve never talked to anybody about that. People put stuff on Twitter all the time. This is stuff from like House of Cards. That’s not real life. “Everyone is still trying to get a majority of the delegates. I don’t think Donald Trump will have the majority of the delegates, unless he wins Florida and Ohio. And even there he would struggle to get there. There are rules in place in the Republican Party to handle that, if and when it happens. But I have not discussed that with anybody.”

No conversations? “None. Zero.”

Open to unity ticket? “No, I’m not open to it. I’ve never talked about that with anybody. I’m open to one thing, and that’s winning Florida on Tuesday, and going on from there to get the delegates I need to be the nominee, or at least more delegates than anybody else.”

On Florida polls showing him trailing Trump: “Yeah, how do we know he’s leading? Because of a poll? Polls were wrong in Virginia. Polls said I was trailing by 20 points. I would have beat him had I had another two days of campaigning.”

On time people not helping him since Senate race: “I’ve done everything I said I would do. I told everybody when I ran for the U.S. Senate that I was going up there to stand up to the Obama agenda, and to offer a clear alternative. And I’ve done both. Not only have I stood up to the Obama agenda, but I’ve offered clear alternatives on foreign policy, I’ve offered clear alternatives on student loan debt. I’ve offered clear alternatives on human trafficking. I’ve offered clear alternatives on a number of issues. I’ve offered clear alternatives on the VA crisis. And I actually achieved results on that. I did exactly what I said I was going to do, and the bottom line is I concluded a year ago that the only way to reverse the policies of a bad president is to elect a good one. And I believe the best way for me to serve the country is as president of the United States.”

Then what about the perception that he's not tended to Florida: “I don’t think there is that perception. If you interview enough people, you’ll eventually find someone to say whatever you want them to say. But I don’t believe that’s a real perception.”

On whether it was a mistake to wait to attack Trump: “You guys need to figure this out. Because when I go after him, you say, ‘Oh gosh, he’s gone so negative.’ When I don’t go after him you want to know why I didn’t.

"Throughout this campaign—and I’m not complaining, it’s party of the process—but I took $40 million in attack ads run against me. At one point in this campaign we were being attacked by four separate campaigns at the same time. The bottom line is, once the race narrowed down I have and I’ll continue to challenge Donald Trump. And I have in the past. And I’ll continue to challenge him on the policy ideas which he has no ideas about.”

On if he’ll run for governor if he loses primary: “I’m running for president of the United States. I haven’t even thought what I’m having for lunch today, much less what I’m going to run for in two years if nothing at all. I’m focused on running for president of the United States. That is my focus. I intend to win that nomination although it will be a hard and grueling process. I’m prepared to do that.”

I’m running for president of the United States. I intend to see that process through to the end. I intend to be the nominee. If that doesn’t work out, I’ve told everyone very clearly: January of next year I will either be the president of the United States or I will be a private citizen. And if I never hold elected office again, I’m comfortable with that.”

On whether plurality should win nomination: “That’s not what the rules of the Republican Party say. The rules of the Republican Party are very clear. It contemplates this. So we’ll get there when we get there. We’ll see how this all plays out.”

[Last modified: Friday, March 11, 2016 1:06pm]


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