Republican presidential candidate Gov. John Kasich is taking himself out of the running for running mate.
Earlier in the week, Kasich ruled out joining a ticket with front-runner Donald Trump.
When asked on NBC’s “Meet the Press” about the possibility of being a vice president for either Trump or Ted Cruz, Kasich reiterated he’s not going to be anybody’s running mate and that he’s running for president.
“Under no circumstances, are you people kidding me?” said Kasich. “No, I’m not going to be anybody’s vice…I’m running for president.”
Kasich also told Meet the Press’ Chuck Todd during the interview that the press doesn’t understand him or his mission.
“You know what, you’re a great guy — I like you very much,” said Kasick. “But you guys, you pundits need to get out of Washington. You don’t understand me. The problem is a lot of people just can’t figure that ‘how could this guy mean what he says, how is it that he is no different from what he appears.’ You just can’t figure that out. People are like, ‘what’s his calculation, what’s this or that.’ Folks, I don’t have time for that.”
Kasich is a distant third in the three-candidate race for enough delegates to win the nomination at the Republican convention this summer.
That has brought speculation that he could be either Trump’s or Cruz’s running mate in an effort to unify their supporters.
The interview with Kasich aired Sunday on “Meet the Press.”