Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe is supporting John Kasich “not so that he could be president,” instead hoping he would be the vice presidential pick, should Donald Trump wrap up the Republican nomination, and boost the party’s chances of winning in November.
“I support John Kasich not so that he could be president, but so that if Donald Trump becomes president, I would want Trump to use him as vice president because Kasich is one of the smartest guys I know,” Inhofe said, according to the Enid News in Oklahoma.
Inhofe previously supported Florida Sen. Marco Rubio before he dropped out in March. He then came out in support of Kasich.
Speaking to locals at the Enid Woodring Regional Airport this weekend, Inhofe said he believes Trump can only be elected if he wins in Ohio, and having Kasich as his running mate would be a boon to his chances there.
“We will wait and see if that works,” Inhofe said.