Congressman Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said Monday that while he believes John Kasich would be one of the best choices for the Republican nomination, Donald Trump has blocked his path.
"On paper he seems like the the very best," McCathy said of Kasich on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Monday. "I've always had his philosophy, I think governors are a better training ground to be president. They work with money to balance the budget, they pick a cabinet and you have to make a decision at the end of the day. In the House and Senate you can play with politics all day but as a governor you have to make decisions and work on both sides."
Although McCarthy has yet to endorse anyone in the Republican primary, the congressman spoke highly of the Ohio governor, saying that he has "the type of character that I want in a person," but that the candidate's campaign has been overshadowed by Trump.
"There's a lot of very good people who would be a very good job as president. That's our system, so maybe he didn't catch on fast enough, maybe he didn't engage fast enough. Donald Trump is taking away the oxygen from a lot of people who could have had the opportunity," McCarthy added.
When asked if he believed he could work well with Trump in the House despite the candidate's oftentimes off-putting tactics, McCarthy responded that he would work with anyone who gets elected. He even compared Trump to former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, claiming that both candidates were underestimated in their elections.
"You can't run a conventional campaign when the American public doesn't want a conventional campaign," McCarthy added.