John Kasich snaps at reporter: 'I'm not desperate — are you desperate?'

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich fired back at Donald Trump for asserting that Kasich's recent alliance with Sen. Ted Cruz is a "horrible act of desperation."

During a campaign stop at a Philadelphia diner Monday, a reporter asked the long-shot Republican presidential candidate whether his pact with Cruz was desperate.

"Me? No, I'm not desperate, are you?" Kasich asked. "Are you desperate? Cause I'm not."

Late Sunday evening, Kasich and Cruz announced an agreement to cede upcoming primary states to each other in order to consolidate anti-Trump support. With virtually no shot at capturing the nomination outright, Cruz and Kasich are both attempting to deny Trump the 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the nomination on the first ballot at the Republican National Convention in July.

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MILFORD, NH - SEPTEMBER 7: Republican presidential candidate John Kasich greets supporters at the Labor Day parade on September 7, 2015 in Milford, New Hampshire. Kasich, buoyed by what observers called a strong performance in the first GOP debate, has emerged as a first tier presidential candidate with voters in New Hampshire, the nation's first primary state. (Photo by Kayana Szymczak/Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidate Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio, waves as he arrives for a campaign stop at Robie's Country Store Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in Hooksett,N.H. The nation's first presidential primary in New Hampshire is less than six months away.(AP Photo/Jim Cole)
Republican presidential candidate Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio, speaks during a campaign stop at New England College Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in Henniker, N.H. The nation's earliest presidential primary in new Hampshire is less then six months away. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich talks with a fairgoer during a visit to the Iowa State Fair, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, shakes hands after speaking to a packed crowd during a campaign stop at the VFW Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, in Derry, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
Republican presidential candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks to members of the media in the spin room following the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Republican presidential candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks during the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, center, greets members of the media at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, before tonight's first Republican presidential debate. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Republican presidential candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks during a town hall meeting, Friday, July 24, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Republican presidential candidate Gov. John Kasich arrives for a town hall style meeting Tuesday, July 21, 2015, in Nashua, N.H. after announcing his plans earlier in the day to seek the Republican nomination for president. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
Ohio Gov. John Kasich announces he is running for the 2016 Republican party’s nomination for president during a campaign rally at Ohio State University, Tuesday, July 21, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. Kasich, a two-term governor and former congressman, has little name recognition in the crowded GOP field, but he is already airing television ads in New Hampshire where he is heading immediately after making his run official. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Ohio Gov. John Kasich pauses before he announces his run for the 2016 Republican party’s nomination for president during a campaign rally at Ohio State University, Tuesday, July 21, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. Kasich, 63, launched his campaign before a crowd of 2,000 at an event marking the entry of a strong-willed and sometimes abrasive governor in a nomination race now with 16 notable Republicans. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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Trump quickly responded in the wee hours of Monday morning, painting the two Republican presidential rivals as party insiders attempting to "collude" to block Trump.

"When two candidates who have no path to victory get together to stop a candidate who is expanding the party by millions of voters (all of whom will drop out if I am not in the race), it is yet another example of everything that is wrong in Washington and our political system," Trump said in a statement.

Kasich attempted to downplay his pact with Cruz during his Monday campaign stop.

"I don't see this as any big deal. I'm not going to spend resources in Indiana. He's not going to spend them in other places. So what? What's the big deal?" Kasich said.

Asked about how his supporters in Indiana should vote, Kasich suggested they should still vote for him.

"I've never told them not to vote for me. They ought to vote for me. But I'm not over there campaigning and spending resources," Kasich said.

Though Kasich testily pushed back against reporters asking whether the strategy was attempting to subvert the will of voters, the governor paused to emphasize his positive disposition.

"But it's fun, though. You're all still here," Kasich said, laughing. "By the way, I'm having the time of my life."

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