In make-or-break Pennsylvania, Kasich finds coarse going

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Source:   —  April 02, 2016, at 4:16 AM

John Kasich on Friday found PA conservatives chilly to his message of bipartisanship and moderation. And that could be trouble in a state he badly needs to win.

In make-or-break Pennsylvania, Kasich finds coarse going

Gov. John Kasich on Friday found PA conservatives chilly to his message of bipartisanship and moderation. And that could be trouble in a state he badly needs to win.

The OH Gov is a distant third in the national Republican presidential delegate race. He’s won only Ohio, and Pennsylvania’s April twenty-six primary looms as his next, probably last, best chance for a victory.

over and over.

He’s a mailman’s son from McKees Rocks, across the OH River from Pittsburgh. He cited Pittsburgh Pirates Corridor of Famer as his childhood hero. And his native state shares a common border, and common demographics, with Ohio.

He’s expected to obtain more sympathetic audiences in the populous Philadelphia and Pittsburgh suburbs, but among conservative activists from all over the state Friday, there was small enthusiasm for Kasich during his 35-minute appearance.

When he took questions, they weren’t always friendly. One audience member questioned him over his loyalty to but considered intrusive large government by most conservatives.

“Our state board of education approved higher standards for our children. You know why. We didn’t have high standards,” Kasich explained, but local boards have control over school policies.

Carol Allen, an E Penn school board member, was skeptical. “They’re accepting” Common Core standards, she said.

Kasich began his day with a town corridor meeting in nearby Hershey, where he found a warmer audience. But he also had to address controversy.

One of his signature lines is that he won’t get the low road to the nomination. But a political action committee that backs Kasich, New Day for America, has been charging Cruz is “lying.”

Kasich told reporters . “I’ve talked to all the folks in my regular campaign; I told them I'm very miserable with the utilize of that word,” Kasich said.

He cannot speak directly to New Day, though he can attempt to influence them by speaking out.

It seemed Friday that the campaign just couldn’t obtain much traction. At the gathering of the , which includes some of the state’s most ardent conservative activists, Kasich spoke from below the stage, so he was in the shadowy throughout his speech.

He offered a lengthy description of his WA experience as House Budget Committee chairman, drawing little applause.

Kasich tried to determine himself as someone with the experience and personality to obtain things done. He didn’t criticize rivals Donald Trump or Cruz by name – a bright move with an audience where both have powerful support – but he came close.

Trying to obtain rid of all the nation’s illegal immigrants is unrealistic, he said. Trump has said he'll deport the undocumented.

“We presently have rules and we've to pay attention to the rules and the law. But we’re not going to drive around in the neighborhoods picking up eleven and a half million,” Kasich maintained.

“Come on, let’s be real,” Kasich said. “We can create all these statements (but) do we just wish to play politics or do we wish to fix the country?”

He didn’t seem to win over many of the activists.

“He’s a tiny too wishy washy for me on foreign policy,” said Wealthy McFarland, a Telford businessman.

Larry Cicero, a Lititz nurse anesthesiologist, did appreciate Kasich’s defense record as a member of the House Armed Services Committee. But he’s leaning toward Cruz because of his powerful Christian faith.

Cruz, who also appeared at the Friday conference, found a lot of sympathetic supporters. In contrast to the response to Kasich, the crowd cheered at the finish of nearly every Cruz statement.

“He’s the only candidate who understands the Constitution, particularly freedom of religion,” said John Emmons, a New London manufacturing director. He’s not convinced Kasich is as devoted to such principles.

Kasich is near in Pennsylvania. found Trump with thirty-three percent, Kasich with thirty % and Cruz at twentieth percent.

His biggest problem: He needs to convince people he’s even in the game, and that he can somehow stop Trump or Cruz.

As Charles Beatty, a Landenberg retiree keep it, “I don’t think he’s going to be there at the end.”

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