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In a final weekend swing around his home state, Gov. John Kasich urged voters to stick with him on Tuesday in the race for President, again making his case that the best choice for Republicans is someone with a proven record, as he voiced his displeasure with the campaign tactics of Donald Trump.
“The country is watching what is happening here in Ohio,” Kasich said, as he urged supporters to back him in the primary.
“I want you to know, I will never take the low road to the highest office in the land,” Kasich said to cheers.
“I will raise the bar in our country,” Kasich added.
“I will never create a toxic atmosphere where people show up at political events and fight with each other,” he said in another reference to Trump.
It was evident from the applause that the tone of Trump’s campaign was certainly on the mind of voters here.
“I like the positive energy that he brings,” Brad Van Fleet of Bellevue, Ohio, said about his Governor.
Asked if many of their friends were leaning to Trump, Van Fleet’s wife Stephanie, said, “Unfortunately, yes.”
“He’s just too crude and offensive,” she added.
A good chunk of Kasich’s town hall meeting was dedicated to running down a list of his successes as Governor of this state, as he made the case that his state has prospered with him at the helm.
“We’re at a $2 billion surplus – and you know what that says to the business around this country? Ohio is open for business,” the Governor said.
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog.
A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.