John Kasich at MSU

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As the presidential primary season heats up across the country, and Michigan’s primary is only a couple of weeks away, more candidates are stopping through.

Coming off his second place finish in the New Hampshire primary, republican candidate John Kasich made stops in Michigan including Grand Valley State University and Michigan State University, before making the trip to South Carolina.

“I think it shows the importance of the college vote and the young people vote in determining our election, and I think that having him come here shows the importance of Michigan to his election strategy as a whole,” said economics and international relations major, Karl Schneider.

The Ohio Governor spoke about everything from his stance on shrinking government to college affordability and the threat of terrorism overseas, then took questions from eager students and supporters.

Kara Weingartz, a MSU marketing major said “I think that the policies that he’s made in Ohio, for example, just like creating more private jobs and lowering the government jobs, that’s really important.”

In his speech, Kasich said “This generation has to change this country, and revive our spirit. I know you can do it, you just need a little help. I’ll try to break down the bureaucracy, and then you take control and drive us deep into the 21st century.”

Governor Kasich said after the town hall that he is not considering running for Vice President and that he will continue to run a positive campaign.

“You know, all I can say is were just going to keep putting one foot in front of the other like the little engine that can and see if we can climb up the hill and I think we’re doing like really really well.”

Up that hill, Kasich finished fourth in the South Carolina Primary, behind Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz and plans on staying in the race. The next step in the race for the Republican nomination will be Super Tuesday on March first.

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