- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Ohio Gov. John Kasich says people know the rules about what it takes to win the Republican presidential nomination and shouldn’t be complaining about the prospect of a contested convention if nobody secures the necessary 1,237 delegates beforehand.

“People are yelling and screaming, well whoever has the most ought to get it — I mean, that’s not the way it works,” Mr. Kasich said Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “I mean, we know what the rules are. You either get enough delegates … or, you know, you have to go to the convention and compete.”

“I don’t think at a convention — I think we’re going to pick somebody who we think can be commander-in-chief and somebody who has a record and somebody who can run America,” he said. “That’s where I think this is going to go.”

“But, you know, who knows? Who knows what’s going to happen here?” Mr. Kasich added.

Some Republicans set on denying GOP front-runner Donald Trump the nomination are pushing for a contested convention if Mr. Trump falls short of the 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the nomination before the party meets in Cleveland in July.

Mr. Trump said on Fox News Tuesday he thinks whoever is leading at the end of the process should get the nomination. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who is second behind Mr. Trump in the delegate count, has also warned against the prospect of a contested convention and says he’s the candidate who can take down the billionaire businessman.

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