"With the Associated Press stating, "[Trump is] casting himself as the star of the midterms, eagerly inserting himself into hotly contested primaries, headlining rallies in pivotal swing states and increasing his fundraising efforts for Republicans", some Republicans say his belief in his own star power has become problematic.
Kasich told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" Sunday that the special congressional election Tuesday in a district that Trump won by double digits is surprisingly close. "So suburban women in particular here are the ones that are really turned off".
"I asked him, I said, Troy, why did you invite Trump in here, the president?"
"At the same time that he comes in here, I was with some women last night who said, 'hey, you know what, I'm not voting, ' and they're Republicans, 'I'm not voting for the Republicans.' This is the problem the party has now".
He also gave an onstage hug to Rep. Jim Jordan, who is under siege after allegations that, as an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State University, he knew of alleged sexual abuse by a team doctor but did not report it. Jordan, who has denied the charge, has announced his plan to run for speaker of the House.
Kasich, who ran against Trump for the 2016 Republican nomination and is a prominent critic of the president, also commented on Trump's holding a rally in OH on Friday for Balderson. James spoke to Lemon from the public school he opened for at-risk kids in Akron, called the I Promise school. "The President?' He said, 'No, I didn't, '" Kasich responded.
After calling MSNBC and CNN a "fake news group of people", Trump said "here's the good news".
Mr. Trump's support may be crucial in the central OH district, where Balderson and O'Connor are close in recent polls.