Trump calls on Kasich to drop out of primary

Published April 3 2016
Updated April 4 2016

MILWAUKEE — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Sunday called on Ohio Gov. John Kasich to drop out of the GOP nominating contest, accusing him of siphoning away potential Trump voters and telling reporters that he expressed his displeasure while meeting with Republican National Committee officials last week.

"All he's doing is just, he goes from place to place, and loses, and he keeps running. Well, why doesn't Marco Rubio do that? Why doesn't Jeb Bush do that? Why didn't all of them do that?" Trump told reporters Sunday. "Now if he wants to go and have his name put in nomination in the convention, he can do that. He doesn't have to run and take my votes.

"Because he's taking my votes. He's not taking Cruz's votes. He's taking my votes."

The real estate mogul stopped by Miss Katie's Diner in Milwaukee on Sunday. Trump shook hands and spoke with surprised diners for several minutes before sitting down to eat breakfast with his senior advisers.

Though Trump acknowledged that a string of controversies last week "might" cost him votes, he remained bullish that he could put out a victory in Wisconsin's primary Tuesday despite Sen. Ted Cruz's significant lead. Recent polls have shown the mogul trailing Cruz by huge margins, including a Marquette Law School poll that showed him with 30 percent support to Cruz's 40 percent.