CLEVELAND (WOOD) — While there has been friction between the pro- and anti-Trump factions during the first two days of the Republican National Convention, but there has been a call for unity among Michigan leaders at the event in Cleveland.
When supporters are passionate about their presidential candidates, switching to support the person who defeated them can be difficult. Monday’s dust-up over convention rules was an example of that. But some Michigan leaders say the alternative is to hand Democrats a victory — something they do not want to happen.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich is among the 18 or so candidates who Donald Trump defeated and says he won’t go to the convention, even though it’s in his state.
At the Tuesday morning Michigan delegation meeting, he talked about his affinity for Michigan and his career.
“I used to look through (the) door of the governor’s office when I was just a little aide in the legislature … and now I am the governor,” Kasich said.
He never mentioned the presidential race or Trump.
But for two high-profile elected officials from Michigan, sitting out this race is not an option.
“My pick in the presidential race before was John Kasich,” Lt. Gov. Brian Calley said. “I have a lot of respect for John Kasich I think he would have had made an amazing president. Our nominee though is Donald Trump.”
Calley admitted he and Trump have a very different approaches, but he said this election isn’t only about Trump; rather, it’s about the future.
“For my own kids, I don’t want to have a continuation of what we have today. Make no mistake about it, Hillary Clinton is a continuation of the as we have it today,” Calley said.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette also started out with a different horse in the race.
“I was a Jeb Bush guy,” Schuette said. “My candidate didn’t win. But you know what, the choice in November is between and Donald Trump and I’m not going to toss the keys to America’s engine to Hillary Clinton,” he added.
Tuesday night, the convention formalized Trump as the Republican presidential nominee. Whether names like Kasich, Romney and multiple Bushes will get on board remains an open question.