Republican presidential hopeful John Kasich on Thursday justified the continuation of his campaign by quoting famous New York Yankee Yogi Berra: “It ain’t over till it’s over.”
In a town hall with Chris Matthews airing on MSNBC at 7 p.m. ET, Kasich continued to make the case for his candidacy, despite having won only his home state of Ohio. The Buckeye State governor will not be able to clinch the GOP nomination ahead of the Republican convention this summer, and his campaign has forged ahead making the argument that no GOP candidate will secure the nomination and Kasich is best suited to win in a contested convention.
“You win a primary, you lose the general, what’s the point? What do you hang a certificate on your wall? ...I’m the only one who consistently beats Hillary,” Kasich said.
The White House hopeful faced tough questions from Jericho, New York town hall attendees skeptical of his continuation in the race.
“Don’t you think at some point you have a responsibility to voters to recognize the fact that they’re not voting for you,” one attendee asked.
“If I don’t win, I’ll be a gentleman. I'm not going to say that my people are going to walk out,” Kasich said.
Kasich needs to earn an impossible 138 percent of the remaining delegates to secure the nomination ahead of the convention. Both Donald Trump and Ted Cruz hold significant leads over him.
Matthews asked him why the White House race is any different than basketball or baseball, where the team with the most points or runs wins.
“Once you finish the fourth quarter. And once you finish nine innings," Kasich said. "We’re not done yet."