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John Kasich Says the Campaign Humbled and Changed Him

Kasich gave his withdrawal speech in Columbus, thanking Ohioans for his experience as governor
Kasich gave his withdrawal speech in Columbus, thanking Ohioans for his experience as governor
Kasich gave his withdrawal speech in Columbus, thanking Ohioans for his experience as governor
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Kasich gave his withdrawal speech in Columbus, thanking Ohioans for his experience as governor

Gov. John Kasich formally withdrew from the GOP presidential race this evening, saying he doesn’t have the money or the sexy-soundbite message to continue.

But he did say he will continue to look for a way to serve America and its people.

“As I suspend my campaign today, I have renewed faith, deeper faith, that the Lord will show me the way forward and fulfill the purpose of my life. Thank you and God Bless.”

Kasich gave no indication if he’ll endorse or campaign for the now all-but-assured GOP nominee, Donald Trump.

As he did throughout  his 10-month campaign,Kasich’s15-minute withdrawal speech focused heavily on the positive. He said he was humbled and changed by the campaign, and he praised his family, supporters and the American public who joined his town halls.Kasich on the magic of the campaign

“See stories like this occurred all across our country, and I think it’s frankly because -- for whatever the reason--  God gave me the grace to make people feel safe and comfortable. And they came to these town halls, which were absolutely magic.”

He also underscored the need for an economic recovery that includes more jobs throughout the economy – saying they strengthen families and communities.

Kasich on politicians getting to work

“And I can tell you that economic growth can be achieved by our public officials if they just do their job. But they have to ignore polls. They can’t focus on focus groups. And they have to overcome the fear of re-election or criticism.”

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John Kasich Says the Campaign Humbled and Changed Him
John Kasich Says the Campaign Humbled and Changed Him