Monday, January 25, 2016

Q&A with John Kasich: A new tone, a new jacket and old friends from his days in Congress

NASHUA, N.H. – Ohio Gov. John Kasich's giant blue campaign bus has been racking up the miles here in the nation's first presidential primary state. The Republican has held more than 75 town hall-style forums and made dozens more retail politicking stops.

The work, combined with a strong organization on the ground, has him eyeing a big finish Feb. 9.

The polls provide reason for optimism, and Kasich was full of it last week.

I spent a leg on Kasich's tour Saturday between his appearance at a multi-candidate summit Saturday here in Nashua and a town hall in Milford. Kasich avoided criticizing his GOP rivals. He wouldn't take the bait when asked about his GOP rivals, explained why he's essentially skipping the Iowa caucuses and explained why he's feeling so Zen.

The following Q&A has been edited for brevity and clarity.

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