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Kasich emphasizes his experience during beer and basketball event in Madison

Ohio Gov. John Kasich tonight spoke confidently about being the most qualified candidate for president and placed particular emphasis on personal responsibility and experience.

He made those points to about 200 people packed tightly into the Coliseum Bar in Madison while NCAA Final Four teams Villanova and Oklahoma battled it out on TV. In light of that of the game, Kasich discussed the aggressive back-and-forth between his GOP rivals Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz.

Kasich said he’s done with personal criticism.

“We don’t play games, we don’t play politics, we aren’t worried about re-election,” he said. “I’m going to do the best I can to pull the country together.”

Expressing confidence in his ability to win at a contested convention in Cleveland in summer, Kasich said he is the only Republican who can beat Hillary Clinton, despite being seen as much more moderate than Cruz or Trump.

“Make no mistake about it,” Kasich said, “throughout my career, people want to label me as something other than conservative. But I’ve balanced more budgets, cut more taxes, provided more school choice and cut more government than all the people running for president times about 10.”

And the presidential candidate took exception to arguments a vote for him equates to a vote for Trump, saying, “A vote for me is a vote for John Kasich.” That assertion prompted someone in the crowd to say, “You go, John.”

After briefly joking about Ohio State and Wisconsin basketball, Kasich pivoted to a more serious topic: educating and empowering the youth of America.

“Our kids don’t know much about civics, about how the government works,” he said, adding he hopes during this election cycle, young people will “pay less attention to Justin Bieber and more to how our country is run.”

Responsibility was the word of the night as he finished up his speech by promising to push an agenda focused on an inclusive conservative government.

“It’s up to all of us to change the world, to live a life that’s greater than ourselves,” Kasich said. “Making a difference in the world, that’s what it means to be an American.”

  -- By Alex Moe


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