GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — In the week leading up to Michigan’s presidential primary, Republican candidate John Kasich has been all over the state stumping.
Kasich, the governor of Ohio, complimented Michigan’s natural beauty and friendly people in a live interview with 24 Hour News 8 via satellite video on Monday.
“But here’s the thing, their concerns are the same as people all over the country,” he said. “They want job security. They want their wages to rise. They want their kids to get a job after they graduate from college or community college. And I agree with them — we need to solve those challenges and we can. I did it in Washington and I did it in Ohio. And I can go back and make sure that we have the job security, the wage growth and the strength of this economy restored.”
==Watch the full interview with Kasich above.==
Michigan voters ranked Kasich in last place among the remaining Republican candidates in a recent poll commissioned by WOOD TV8, behind U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, who were in a statistical tie about 10 points behind front-runner Donald Trump.
But there is some evidence Kasich has made great strides in Michigan and he thinks he’ll outperform expectations.
“We’ve been all over the state, from Holland to the U.P., up in Marquette to Traverse City, here in Detroit again. We’re just all over the place. Up in Lansing at Michigan State,” he said. “It’s been a great time. We’re getting a good response. Big crowds; big crowds everywhere we’re going, and it’s been positive. And what I’ve noticed about the crowds is they’re very enthusiastic. And when I say I’m not going to throw mud, they cheer.”
Michigan residents go to vote on Tuesday. Ohio’s winner-take-all primary is the following week, and Kasich is confident he will carry it.
“When I win Ohio, it’s going to change this whole race,” he said.