Governor John Kasich is coming off a strong second place finish in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary. Wednesday, he was focused on the Palmetto State.
Governor Kasich spent the day criss-crossing the Lowcountry. He held a town hall at Finn’s Brick Oven Pizza in Mount Pleasant and a jobs event downtown.
He is presenting what he says is a bipartisan message of common sense. At Finn’s, Kasich told the crowd the problems we face are too big to be solved with politics as usual. “None of these major problems can be fixed with one party. We have to have somebody that reminds people that we are not Republicans or Democrats. We are Americans. We have the job of being Americans, and put everything else aside.”
After his town hall, I had a chance to talk to him for a minute, asking him how well he expects to finish in SC’s primary. “We’re gonna do as well as we can here and then we’re moving on. I’m really looking forward to the South, and I’m really looking forward to the Midwest.”
Undecided voters at the town hall told me they liked what they heard. Steve Radekopf is the owner of Finn’s. “I think he’s a lot stronger on defense than I had imagined. I would feel pretty comfortable with him at the helm.” Joe Jarvis is another undecided voter who was at the town hall. “I think he comes across much better in person and it’s a great forum for him rather than in a debate situation.”
Kasich credits more than 100 town hall meetings in New Hampshire for his second place finish there.
Tomorrow, Kasich plans to be in Pawleys Island, North Myrtle Beach and Florence. He is scheduled for events in Columbia, Orangeburg and Bluffton on Friday. The next GOP Presidential Debate takes place Saturday night in Greenville.