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BARTIROMO: But there are people even within the GOP, governor, who say you're acting self-serving. That it's clear you don't have a path to the nomination, and yet you're staying in the race is ruing the attempts by some to take down Donald Trump. Because any support you have likely goes to Cruz if you step down. And unless you step out of the race you will divide the support between Trump and Cruz. How do you answer that?

KASICH: Yeah. Look, there are a lot of assumptions there, first of all, if I had gotten out of the race -- remember everybody told me to get out and get behind Rubio, and I'm still in. If I've had gotten out, Trump would be the nominee because he would have won Ohio. Secondly, when we go to Pennsylvania, any vote for Cruz is a vote for Trump. Because Ted Cruz can't compete in the east, he just can't. He's style of politics will not work there. And we have two guys running, frankly, don't have the experience.


KASICH: I've had the experience, and you know, I've been articulating for the last few days in terms of Brussels. I also have the economic experience, and you know how slow this economy's been. I've been a person who's been able to turn economies around, working with people to improve to create jobs, and provide economic security. Why would I not continue, Maria.

BARTIROMO: Obviously, people know you've got the goods to get it done, whether it be.

KASICH: The other thing is, Maria, remember this, I'm beating Hillary Clinton in every single poll. I mean, these guys are losing to Hillary Clinton. You know, the Wall Street Journal pointed out just last week, they said, how is it that the two Republican candidates are doing -- are more unpopular than Hillary Clinton?


KASICH: I'm the only one that has a positive rating.

BARTIROMO: Fair point.

KASICH: So we ought to be focusing on who wins in the fall, right? Not just who wins the nomination. Win the nomination, loss the election, what's the point.

BARTIROMO: Let's talk Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New York.

KASICH: Pennsylvania, New York.

BARTIROMO: . New Jersey.

KASICH: . Rhode Island, I mean, these are places where I'm going to do very well.

BARTIROMO: How does your approach differ in the northeast than what we've seen so far in the campaign, governor?

KASICH: Well, let's talk about the northeast. I almost beat Trump in Vermont because they're more -- they're conservative voters who have a moderate approach to things, that's why. For the first time in the last three weeks, people are beginning to understand who I am, and it's been a long road to here, OK? And think about it, there are only three of us left, and I'm the last governor. Remember, we've used to say that it was important that we had governors and people who had experience. You know, I also heard it said, by the way, that, you know, we looked at Barack Obama and said how we pick a first term senator that had no experience. And I don't know if you've read Donald Trump's opinions on foreign policy and the use of nuclear weapons against ISIS and dismantling NATO, I mean, Maria, we're picking the president. These are important times in world history.

BARTIROMO: Let me ask you about being a governor. Yesterday, we were all talking about Ted Cruz getting an endorsement from Governor Walker. What's your take on Scott Walker endorsing Ted Cruz? How important is that? Is that a blow to your campaign?

KASICH: No, we knew what walker was going to do. And secondly, look, I mean, endorsements don't mean that much. The guy or the woman who's watching this show is not saying, oh, I better go for such and rather because somebody endorsed them.

BARTIROMO: Even going in to Wisconsin, former governor of Wisconsin endorsing your competitor.

KASICH: Look, I got, I got -- I have Tommy Thompson who was the four time governor, OK? Four time governor travelling all over the state on my behalf. He's appearing on every television show on my behalf. Is that not count? Of course it counts. Does it make the difference? Not really. A lot of people they endorsed and then they disappear. You know, they don't really invest their political capital in a candidate, they just put their name on something and, you know, remember that most politicians, you know, they're interested in one thing, themselves.


BARTIROMO: And you're not.

KASICH: Like T.V. hosts, you know.

BARTIROMO: But you're a politician. You're not putting yourself in that category?

KASICH: Oh, I'm a politician, and when I endorse most the time, I don't do that much. I just put my name out there. People want my name, I'll endorse them. But the real things that matter is the ground game, the thing that really matters is the infrastructure you build, and do you raise enough money to get on television. That's the stuff that really matters. I'm not discounting endorsements, I'd like to have everybody endorse me, OK? Sure.

BARTIROMO: There's been some talk this week about you changing radio ads and changing your allocation of dollars.


BARTIROMO: . that sparked some talk about are you running out of money, is this about money? How are you going to hold out.

KASICH: No, no, no, it's about -- no, Maria, it's about investing where you think you can do well. Now, you know, you're a financial expert. You've got to -- if you think you've got some things that are really smart, you invest. You know, if you have too much large cap and not enough small cap, guess what, you change your allocation, don't you?

BARTIROMO: Absolutely.

KASICH: I even understand this stuff, Maria, OK?

BARTIROMO: You're good. You're very good. What's your take about the GOP potentially losing congressional control, governor? A lot of operatives now are saying.

KASICH: It's possible.

BARTIROMO: . yeah, if ted Cruz or Donald Trump are at the top of the ticket, the Republicans will obviously lose the Cruz seat, but also will jeopardize losing control of the senate because of losses in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Do you think that's a real concern?

KASICH: Absolutely. Look, part of the thing is I'm trying to stick up for the Republican Party. I mean, I'm trying to redefine it, and frankly to define it in the image of the philosophy of people like Reagan or even Teddy Roosevelt, which is, you know, balancing budgets, creating economic growth, expanding the playing field, appealing to people who are independents and conservatives. Do I think it's possible that people who are in these tight races path to me in Pennsylvania, Kelly Ayotte in New Hampshire, is it possible that if we have a tide running against us that they could lose?


KASICH: Absolutely, they can lose. And that's why I'm still in this race. I don't want the Republican Party to shrivel and die.

BARTIROMO: You make a lot of important points here, and let me tell you, some people feel that Donald Trump brings in what you're just talking about, he brings in Democrats to the party, he brings in center right and center lefts to the party. So, that's why they're saying, look, you haven't seen the jabs between Kasich and Trump. Maybe Kasich wants to be his running mate.

KASICH: Maria, there's a better chance of my being your running mate than Trump's running mate. There is a zero chance.


KASICH: . I will be anybody's running mate. I'm the governor of Ohio.

BARTIROMO: That's right.

KASICH: If this doesn't work out, I will remain as governor of Ohio.

BARTIROMO: But I want to talk to you about your foreign policy. Given this new string of scares that we have all been witnessing, from Brussels, to Paris, to the scares in the U.S., the Capital, why are we seeing the terrorist's ramp up now, do you think, again? Do you think they see an opening to create havoc while America is fighting among itself over this election?

KASICH: Well, I think, Maria, they, you know, frankly, we don't know, but it appears as though as the circle was being tightened around these people in Brussels, a number of them decided to launch their attacks, but these attacks look like they're going to be coming in more or less a consistent way unless we stop it. Look, I mean, let's face it, in Brussels, they stumbled over themselves. There's too much bureaucracy, too much political correctness. And Europe is not been able to get its act together which is why I felt as though NATO ought to be strengthened from just a military organization to an intelligence and a policing organization across borders. Secondly, we cannot afford to alienate the entire Muslim population worldwide. We need them to be involved in intelligence gathering in the effort of human intelligence so they can point out who the radicals are and we can act against them. This is a war between civilization and those who are killers, murderers in the name of their, you know, completely whack-job philosophy.

BARTIROMO: Look, you've been very clear in terms of denouncing Donald Trump's idea on banning Muslims from the countries, but you also criticized Ted Cruz's idea of patrolling Muslim neighborhoods and bombing the Islamic state. So what is the answer then, governor, how do we practically get our arms around the terrorism and stop the terrorist from coming to this country knowing that the vetting process is obviously weak? ISIS has their tools like a passport making machine.

KASICH: Well, you know, here is the thing, Maria, in terms of here at home, it is intelligence and its human intelligence. The other thing I want to point out to you is, if you want to find out what's happening in the Muslim community, it's probably wise to go to somebody who is a Muslim. I don't think you'd gather that much information in the Muslim community, Maria, if I sent you out as smart as you are, I don't think you'd find out. We need cooperation. Everybody, you know, the vast, vast, vast, vast majority of Muslims, they're as appalled at what they're seeing, people who call themselves Muslims do, as we are. So, I mean, this notion that, you know, we're having a religious task to find out whether you come into the countries or whether we're going to police your neighborhood, it's just simply is bad, bad thinking.

BARTIROMO: What is your plan in terms of Syrian refugees? The president said that.

KASICH: They shouldn't come in now, we can't Vet them. We can't Vet them. They should not come in.

BARTIROMO: What is the most important priority right now in terms of creating jobs and getting economic growth back to higher and sustainable levels? Is it tax cuts, is it regulatory reform? What's most important in terms of moving the needle here?

KASICH: Guts. The willingness to ignore politics and just get these things done. Look, the bottom line is innovation, it's also changing these programs, it's chipping, you know, welfare, education, infrastructure, job training, programs, health care for the poor, back to the state, focusing the Federal government on what it needs to do.

BARTIROMO: Do you expect to get tax reform done in year one of your presidency?

KASICH: I think it's very hard to do because the people who benefit don't say anything and the people whose tax laws get changed yell the loudest. But it is important we lower the rates because small businesses, as you know, pass their income through on the individual rate, but I think we can get the corporate tax rate down for sure because you just lower it and nobody gets hurt.

BARTIROMO: Governor, good to talk with you, thanks so much.

KASICH: All right, Maria, thank you.


BARTIROMO: Our thanks to Governor Kasich who joined me late yesterday right here. Coming up, a massive paycheck for Google's CEO, wait until you hear how much the technology giant leading man took home in compensation last year. Yeah, it's a wow. And then he may be criticized for his controversial Twitter rants, but his music does sell. Kanye West brand new album streamed 250 million times in the first ten days alone. There he is with his wife, Kim Kardashian. Back in a minute.


BARTIROMO: OK, a 15-year-old girl pepper sprayed outside of another chaotic Trump event. Cheryl Casone with those details and the other headlines, Cheryl.

CHERYL CASONE, FOX BUSINESS NETWORK: Maria, we're just getting this video and I want you to take a look at this. OK. The Janesville, Wisconsin, Trump event went out of control yesterday. According to authorities, this is orange pepper spray that blasted that 15-year-old girl in the face after she shoved a man who was among dozens of pro-Trump supporters, they were packed into a rally, they were shouting, All Lives Matter. Janesville cops saying they believe the pepper sprayer was a bearded man with glasses wearing a, Make America Great Again, hat, and he was not immediately identified. And we should say that she was given some medical treatment after that. We just had the video and I wanted to bring that to you.

Also this, Maria, you mentioned this Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, received a cash and stock package worth more than $100 million last year, that's according to company filings. Most of that amount though is in the form of company stocks that won't fully vest until next year. Beside cash salary for the year was actually $652,000 and change, still not a bad salary.

And final this, Kanye West's new album is a huge hit. Life with Pablo, was streamed 250 million times on its first 10 days on the Jay-Z own streaming service title. Life of Pablo, was launched with heavy promotion last month, following a performance by him on Saturday Night Live.

And finally, I've got to get this to you. Here is the first look at a baby giraffe born over the weekend.


CASONE: I know, isn't he cute.

BARTIROMO: Really cute.

CASONE: The Santa Barbara Zoo released a video, haven't named him yet. He weight more than 190 lbs. He's already over six feet tall. I had to bring that to you because how cute is he? So cute. Animal videos, you know me.

BARTIROMO: I love it. That's a good one, Cheryl, thank you.

CASONE: You bet.

BARTIROMO: Cheryl, we will get back to you. Apple's newest smartphone set to hits the store shelves tomorrow. How the iPhone release will impact the company's stocks straight ahead. Then Lululemon, reporting earnings this morning, how the yoga wear retailer beat the streak, coming up. We give you check on markets next.


BARTIROMO: Welcome back. We are just about 40 minutes away from the opening bell for a Wednesday. Take a look at some of the stocks on the move this morning. Apple, the number one winner on the Dow in the premarket. Its stock was upgraded this morning to an outperform rating from Cowen and company. The company is set to begin shipping the new smaller iPhone SE tomorrow. Shares of Lululemon is also catching a bid this morning, up about 6 percent ahead of the open. Profits at the yoga retailer rose 6 percent for the most recent quarter, that was above expectations. Take a look at Shake Shack having a tough year, down 11 percent, but this morning moving higher. Longbow Research raising its rating on the stocks from a buy to a neutral saying the chain has potential to succeed nationwide. We're also looking at a higher opening for the broader averages. Anastasia Amoroso, with us this morning from JPMorgan. And Anastasia, we've got the ADP report out about 30 minutes or so ago, it was better than expected, 200,000 jobs created in the month of March. What's your take?

ANASTASIA AMOROSO, JPMORGAN ASSET MANAGEMENT: Yeah, that's right. So it's a little better than expected. I think it's a good indicator going to Friday's payrolls, Maria, you were talking earlier in the show how the trend in payrolls has really been a steady one, about 200,000 some plus, and it seems like we're going to hold that. So it confirms Janet Yellen's stance yesterday that on the domestic front we don't have a whole lot of things to worry about. On the international front we do, and that's why she ultimately will deter that next rate increase.

BARTIROMO: So, does that mean we'll get a good jobs number on Friday, the expectations call for around the same number, right?

DAGEN MCDOWELL, FOX BUSINESS NETWORK: Yeah, it's about 205,000 jobs is what the expectation is. I think it will probably come in there a little bit better than expected. But in terms of -- that we -- because we raise this issue do you want to un-treasures here?


MCDOWELL: It's going to be -- I think that the presidential campaigns have a huge impact on psychology, and we're not -- there's no certainty yet.


MCDOWELL: . in who is going to be running in November.

AMOROSO: On either side.

MCDOWELL: And the rhetoric there is, the more uncertainty, the more everybody needs to stock up on the wine.

AMOROSO: Starbucks.

MCDOWELL: The caffeine to smooth out the edges.

BARTIROMO: You said on both sides, meaning you're not even sure if Hillary is going to be the one.

MONICA CROWLEY, FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: There are a couple of dynamics on the Democratic side. First of all, you've Bernie Sanders is really giving Hillary a much closer race. I mean, if you take out the super delegates that have already been committed to Hillary, but are essentially unbound, they can go anywhere. But they're committed to a few -- remove those super delegates, this is a very close race between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. Remember though that the FBI investigation is entering the most critical final stages and interviewing all of the people around her, her top aides, Huma Abedin, Jake Sullivan, Cheryl Mills, maybe one or two others. But most investigations save the target for last. So, they're not going to make a criminal referral or any kind of referral actually without interviewing her.

BARTIROMO: Unless she says, no, I don't want to do this interview because my lawyer told me I don't want to incriminate myself.

CROWLEY: Which would be huge.

BARTIROMO: Which would be their problem politically. Alright, we'll going to take a short break. Wheeling yourself around in swivel chair, sounds just like another day in the office here in the U.S. But in Japan it is no laughing matter, it's a serious endurance race, for the sixth year in a row the chair grand prix was held over the weekend in Kyoto. Participants suited up in padding and competed in office chairs, bouncing at fast speeds for at least two hours. Would that be fun for us here? You think? We'll be right back.


BARTIROMO: Welcome back. A big show tomorrow and a big show today, a lot of breaking news. Let's get some final thought from our panelist, Monica Crowley.

CROWLEY: Next Tuesday is the big Wisconsin primary, a lot of delegates at stake. Ted Cruz is giving Donald Trump a real run for his money. He's close the gap. Look for Senator Cruz to pull that out.

BARTIROMO: You think it's going to happen. And then he's got to deal with the northeastern states.

CROWLEY: That's right.

BARTIROMO: Final thoughts, Anastasia.

AMOROSO: I think that the stock market is pushing ahead here. But let's not forget the Fed is not raising rates, and that is actually best for the bond market. So I like the long duration high quality corporate bonds, as well as high yield here.

BARTIROMO: So you like the economy bumping along the bottom. It's not great, but at least it keeps rates where they are.

AMOROSO: That's right, because it's a fixed income market.


MCDOWELL: Advice for myself and everyone else, whether you're a protester or campaign manager don't put your hands on other people.

BARTIROMO: keep your hands to yourself. As Corey Lewandowski is learning.

MCDOWELL: Exactly. I don't think it goes anywhere thought, but keep your hands to yourself.

BARTIROMO: You don't think that investigation goes anywhere.

MCDOWELL: I don't think that it hurts him, I don't think. And by the way, it's a misdemeanor, a charge that applies even when there's no harm done to another person.

CROWLEY: Yeah. I think legally it's a tough thing to prosecute and to prove.


CROWLEY: I think both sides have made their point.

BARTIROMO: Alright, we'll leave it there. Monica Crowley, Anastasia Amoroso, Dagen McDowell, always a pleasure ladies. Good show today. The ladies running the show today. That will do it for us, thanks for being with us. Big show tomorrow, do join us. Varney & Co., begins now, Stuart, send it right over to you.


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