“If you don’t have ideas, you got nothing, and frankly my Republican Party doesn’t like ideas,” ­Kasich said. “They want to be negative against things. We had Reagan, okay? Saint Ron. We had Kemp, he was an idea guy. I’d say Paul Ryan is driven mostly by ideas. He likes ideas. But you talk about most of ’em, the party is knee-jerk ‘against.’ Maybe that’s how they were created.”

After Tuesday’s New York primary, where weeks of campaigning landed Kasich a half-dozen delegates, the governor repeatedly emphasized his conservative credentials while taking care to define what “conservative” was.