CLEVELAND, Ohio (WKBN) – Ohio Gov. John Kasich hoped to reach voters in his home state during a campaign rally in Cleveland on Tuesday.
Kasich spoke to a crowd at Ohio CAT in Broadview Heights, calling this a battleground state. He talked about his experiences and successes in Ohio, as well as the problems facing America.
He said Americans are worried about the economy and jobs, and he touted the work he has done in Ohio to increase private-sector jobs.
“We have to fix it in the country, just like we fixed it in the state,” he said.
Kasich also discussed education and healthcare, as well as the concerns of voters.
“Some of these Trump supporters, let me tell you what they worry about, and some of you worry about this — Am I going to keep my job? Is there going to be another lousy trade deal and I might lose my job? Am I ever going to get a pay raise?” he said.
Eighteen-year-old Chris Marshall of Girard was in the crowd listening, and he said he could see a difference between Kasich and what the other candidates are saying.
“Governor Kasich, he gives a positive message. He says, ‘This is what I’ve done in Ohio, and this is what I want to do for the United States,'” Marshall said.
Kasich said he felt he could help America with better healthcare coverage and that he would address Social Security in the first 100 days, if elected president.
Kasich is trying to outlast Marco Rubio in this race and hopes Ohio gives him the support to keep going. If he wins Ohio, he will take its 66 delegates.
In his 43-minute speech, he didn’t mention opponents Rubio or Ted Cruz and only mentioned Trump once.
Said supporter Joanne Desmarteau of Independence: “He has taken Ohio and cleaned up so much. I’m a financial planner. It’s just refreshing to see what he has done with the state.”
On Sunday, Kasich will also speak outside the Spread Eagle Tavern in Hanoverton, just two days before the Ohio primary election. The speech will begin at 6 p.m. March 13.