In an effort to defeat the Donald Trump juggernaut, Sen. Marco Rubio is asking his Ohio supporters to vote strategically by voting with their head rather than their heart. The Florida Republican is asking them to cast their ballots for Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
The announcement was made Friday by Rubio’s communications director Alex Conant on CNN’s “At This Hour with Berman and Bolduan.”
“If you are a Republican primary voter in Ohio and you want to defeat Donald Trump, your best chance in Ohio is John Kasich,” told CNN.
“The same is true here in Florida,” Conant added, stating that Rubio is the obvious candidate best positioned to beat Trump in the Sunshine State.
Both Florida and Ohio contests are set for Tuesday, March 15, although Florida had early voting that began on March 5.
“Yes, my answer is John Kasich is the one candidate in Ohio that can beat Donald Trump,” Conant said. “That’s stating the obvious.”
Watch the clip via CNN.
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In a somewhat of a strange twist, Kasich’s camp which has prided itself on taking the high-road, acted a little snippy about the announcement.
“We were going to win in Ohio without his help, just as he’s going to lose in Florida without ours,” Kasich campaign spokesman, Rob Nichols said, according to Politico.
It’s probably safe to say, they won’t be celebrating together on the off chance Kasich wins.
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