Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN)John Kasich bounds up the stairs with the enthusiasm of a kid coming home to the smell of something sweet baking in the oven.
Kasich on Trump: Leaders don't create panic
They have. Kasich practically lived in the Granite State for months and months leading up to the 2016 primary, holding more than 100 town halls trying to appeal to the historically independent minded voters here."There's a lot of people that are not whispering in my ear ... they're giving me the finger as I go by," Kasich told them.It's a light-hearted moment shrouded in what Kasich knows is his challenging reality, one he openly talked about from interview to interview, event to event, all day long: As much as Kasich is applauded by anti-Trump forces for refusing to endorse the President, being a Trump gadfly makes a lot of Kasich's fellow Republicans really angry at him."'Why doesn't he shut up and go away.' And these come from staunch Republican Trump people were sick of" me, Kasich told reporters. "So, that must tell me I'm doing something right."Kasich, whose friends joke that he often lacks a filter to stop his internal debates and ideas from spilling out of his mouth, shared his conflicting thoughts with CNN throughout the day."I am not living in anger towards Donald Trump," Kasich told us. "If he does a good job, I'll praise him. If he does something I don't like, I'll criticize him and I have the opportunity now. How long it lasts, I don't know."Sitting in a booth with him at the famous Red Arrow Diner, Kasich half-jokes that he is exchanging politics for philosophy."I fear, that we could be entering a post-truth era," he mused."We can't even agree on anything, so, how do you have a dialogue? How do you bring people together when we can't agree on what's real and what's not? What's the truth and not the truth?" he added.Two minutes of #Kasichisms