ST. GEORGE, Utah — Ohio Gov. John Kasich was campaigning in Utah Saturday, and after a town hall in St. George he reiterated his position that Merrick Garland, who is President Barack Obama’s pick for the Supreme Court, would not be his choice.
According to a press release from Kasich’s campaign, the candidate stated he has his own picks for the nation’s highest court and plans to choose judges who would be “a respecter of the Second Amendment.”
“In an effort to be polite today, apparently I’ve created a little bit of a situation,” Kasich said Saturday. “Look, you know, Garland’s–I’m going have my own picks for Supreme Court. You know, the fact is, I said that they ought to meet him and talk to him, and I’m not going to pick somebody who’s, you know, obviously not a respecter of the Second Amendment. I don’t want people making law and so nobody should be confused, worked up or upset. He’s not going to be my pick for the Supreme Court.”
Kasich’s campaign events in Utah come just a few days prior to the state’s caucuses. Ted Cruz, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump also visited Utah this week to host events. Kasich held three town halls in Utah Friday.
A recent poll of Utah voters shows Kasich in second place among Republican candidates with 29 percent. Ted Cruz leads with 53 percent and Donald Trump is third with 11 percent.