“Look, Kasich-Hickenlooper, first of all, you couldn’t pronounce it and second of all, you couldn’t fit it on a bumper sticker,” Kasich, a Republican, told NBC’s Chuck Todd on “Meet The Press” Sunday morning.
“That’s not a denial,” Todd retorted.
Hickenlooper, a Democrat, also downplayed the rumors, tweeting out his thoughts on the concept.
“Odd & funny that people expect a political marriage when 2 people from different parties work together … Kasich is dapper & worldly, but knows nada about brewing beer. Loving the attention on our bipartisan work … but no ulterior motive. Not a unity ticket, just working with a new friend on hard compromises,” Hickenlooper tweeted.
Kasich and Hickenlooper, who led Meidcaid expansion efforts in their states, have been working together to urge members of Congress to embrace a bipartisan approach to health care — especially after the most recent GOP effort to repeal parts of Obamacare failed in the Senate.
This is far from the first time Kasich’s name has come up this year to once again challenge Trump and run for president.
“How do you close the door on anything?” Kasich said. “If I see something I need to do to help my country, that I really believe that I have to do, then I would think I would probably do it.”
Under that scenario, they would run as independents with Kasich at the top of the ticket, said the source, who cautioned that the idea has only been casually talked about.
“The idea of a joint ticket has been discussed, but not at an organizational or planning level,” said the source, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity. “What they are trying to show the country is that honorable people can disagree, but you can still problem solve together. It happens in businesses and it happens in families. Why can’t it happen in Washington?”