Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich led a group of Republicans in endorsing presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden at the national convention on Monday.
“I’m a lifelong Republican. That attachment holds second place to my responsibility to country,” Kasich said. “That’s why I have chosen to appear in the convention. In normal times something like this would never happen. These are not normal times.”
Though he made clear he disagrees with Biden on many issues, he described the former vice president as “a good man, a man of faith, a unifier.”
“I’m sure there are Republicans and independents who couldn’t imagine crossing over to support a Democrat,” he said. “They believe he may turn sharp left and leave them behind. I don’t believe that. I know the measure of the man. Reasonable. Faithful, respectful and no one pushes Joe around. Joe Biden is a man for our times. Times that call for all of us to take off partisan hats and put the nation first for ourselves and our children.”
Other Republicans join:
“This isn’t about Republican or Democrat. It’s about a person… who could work with everyone, Democrats and Republicans, to get things done,” said former New Jersey Gov. Christie Todd Whitman. “Donald Trump isn’t that person. Joe Biden is.”
“Let me tell you, Donald Trump has no clue how to run a business, let alone an economy,” said former HP and eBay CEO Meg Whitman.
Former Rep. Susan Molinari said she’s known Trump for most of her career, calling his presidency “so disappointing and lately so disturbing.”
Trump lashes out:
"He was a loser as a Republican, and he’ll be a loser as a Democrat,” Trump said of Kasich on Monday. “Major loser as a Republican. I guess you can quote me on that. John was a loser as a Republican. Never even came close. And as a Democrat he'll be an even greater loser.”
"People don’t like him. People don’t trust him. His health care in Ohio was a disaster," Trump added. "He hasn’t done too well with Trump. He’s been easy pickings."