Thursday, February 18, 2016

John Kasich looks for a Michigan miracle

LIVONIA, Mich. – Welcome to New Hampshire on steroids.

Everything is bigger here for John Kasich. The map. The crowds. The pandering.

"Let's talk for a second about Tom Izzo," the Ohio governor and Republican presidential hopeful digressed Tuesday during a town hall-style forum in this Detroit suburb.

Kasich, a graduate of rival Ohio State University, began gushing about the Michigan State University basketball coach's "magic." With a mischievous grin, he wondered if his alma mater might be able to steal Izzo. Catching himself, he quickly added: "Don't tell anybody!"

Eventually, Kasich got to the point he was trying to make.

"Izzo," he said, "gets his players to always play at a higher level. You don't read about problems coming out of that program. He has high expectations and high demands – and they meet it."
Kasich has high expectations of his own in Michigan.

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