(CNSNews.com) - "I think John McCain is a hero," Ohio Gov. John Kasich told CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday.
Host Jake Tapper asked Kasich if he was surprised when Donald Trump initially refused to endorse the Arizona senator and other Republicans.
"Well, yes, I thought it was a little bizarre, right?" Kasich responded.
"Let's talk about McCain. I love John McCain," Kasich said. "John McCain is such an amazing guy, not just an American hero, but here is a guy who has served his country well. He is outspoken. He takes orders from no one.
"As far as I'm concerned, McCain shouldn't even have to run for election in the Senate. He ought to be in the Senate as long as he wants to be. You know, he is in a tough race out there. I'm going out there. I don't care what it takes. I have got to go out there and help McCain.
"And he really, truly is -- for the people that watch this show, he is a remarkable guy. He so loves his country."
Tapper told Kasich that his "admiration for John McCain is moving. Your nominee for president, Republican presidential nominee, said John McCain is not a hero; he prefers people who weren't captured."
"Yes. Well, I don't agree with it. I don't agree with that, OK? I think John McCain is a hero."