NEW YORK (AP) — John Kasich is seizing an opportunity to criticize rival Donald Trump as unprepared for the presidency after comments about abortion ignited a fresh round of controversy about the Republican front-runner.
Kasich said Thursday Trump “is clearly not prepared to be president.” Kasich says Trump “becomes unmoored” when pressed about his positions and then corrects himself, while presidents “don’t get do-overs.”
The Ohio governor noted Trump’s remark that if abortion became illegal, women who underwent the procedure should face punishment. Trump’s campaign quickly backtracked Wednesday, saying only people who perform abortions would be held legally responsible.
Kasich also portrayed other Trump ideas as “wild-eyed suggestions,” such as his call to ban foreign Muslims temporarily from entering the U.S.
Kasich lags Trump and rival Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in the GOP contest.