Kasich Meets With Demonstrators After Large Rally in NY

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 7:55 AM

Y. — New Yorkers generally aren't used to capturing the attention of presidential candidates on the campaign trail, but John Kasich had quite a ride to Greece, New York, Saturday afternoon as he attracted the largest regular town corridor crowd he'south seen since the start of his campaign The OH Gov ended up in multiple vivid exchanges with people who showed up to look him.

Kasich Meets With Demonstrators After Large Rally in NY

GREECE, N. Y. — New Yorkers generally aren't used to capturing the attention of presidential candidates on the campaign trail, but John Kasich had quite a ride to Greece, New York, Saturday afternoon as he attracted the largest regular town corridor crowd he'south seen since the start of his campaign

The OH Gov ended up in multiple vivid exchanges with people who showed up to look him.

More than 3.000 people lined up around the Town of Greece Community and Senior Center, just exterior of Rochester, crowding into a full gymnasium and also a large overflow room following door.

As Kasich walked into the room holding his overflow crowd before the main event, he marveled at the sea of beaming faces before him, strolling over to cameras gathered and remarking, "And they wish me to drop out, huh?"

The governor'south audience chanted, "Kasich! Kasich!" and the Gov looked over the swarm of people, and shouted, "and they declare I should quit!" One man cried, back, "Donald can quit!"

Kasich'south events this weekend in upstate NY attracted some of the biggest crowds he'south seen in this campaign — he met roughly 1.500 people in Syracuse Friday night — but also attracted some protesters.

A grouping of disability rights advocates said they showed up to Kasich'south event in Greece at seventh a. m. so they could be in a position to ask him a question at the town hall.

Michelle Fridley, of Canandaigua, and Debbie Bonomo, of Rochester, were portion of a tiny grouping who interrupted Kasich'south event, chanting, "Disability Integration, act now!" as they tried to gain attention by shaking soda bottles with coins inside.

A back-and-forth ensued as Kasich tried to be engaged in with them from the stage as the audience tried to drown the protesters out with "Kasich!" chants.

Fridley and Bonomo are both disabled and serve on the board for the Middle for Disability Rights in Rochester. They told NBC News they were upset they'd to sit in a disabled area to the side of the stage and wanted to challenge Kasich on his record in OH and ask whether he'd support the Disability Integration Act, legislation introduced by NY Sen. Chuck Schumer.

After most of the crowd from the event had left and gone home, Kasich returned to the gymnasium to meet with the grouping face to face.

"I'm not going to turn my back on you folks," he told the group. "I'm going to do everything I can to assistance you, OK. I mean, are you kidding?"

"Here'south what I'm going to tell you," Kasich continued. "When everybody was like, they wanted to start saying, chanting my title and quieting you, I'm not going for that. Because I'll tell you, the developmentally disabled have lived in the shadows for one hundred years. Okay, I know that. I don't wish that to happen to anybody. And I'm not saying that because I'm a politician or I wish your vote. I'm a human being just love you are."

Kasich took pictures with the grouping and got their contact information so his staff could obtain in further touch.

"Do you know why I wish to do this?" Kasich told them, after the pictures. "Because Jesus wants me to."

"That'south why I'm here," Fridley responded.

After the Gov left, Fridley told NBC News she was "really grateful that he did arrive in and speak to us individually. He did let us know that we were heard. He was unfamiliar with the legislation that we were asking him to support."

"I am very pleased that he took the time out — not only to leave when everybody thought he'd left, but to arrive back in and discover out what our issues were, for him to realize why we'd to interrupt him, because we were in the back and not only could we not look him, but there was number way we were going to obtain the opportunity to ask that question," she said. "We did what we'd to do. We took some vacant soda bottles and keep some modify in there."

"It was so necessary for us to be able to connect with him and say, look, we've all been trying to connect with you to discover out where you stand," Bonomo added. "Coming here to obtain the answer, and then keep in the back, and then not being able to ask the question, our frustration just kind of built."

After the event, Kasich also met a local 17-year-old learner athlete who said she ran to the event to look him, and was so overcome with emotion that she burst into tears when she met him.

Kasich pulled her aside for a private conversation, and later recalled the exchange at an event later in the day in New Rochelle: "I'm just a regular person," he said.

The meetings were the latest in a string of what's become regular encounters Kasich has people across the campaign trace that turn into emotional exchanges.

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