Kasich channels his inner Goldilocks

February 8, 2016


U.S. Republican presidential candidate John Kasich speaks to voters during a campaign town hall in Nashua, New Hampshire, February 7, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar


By Cassandra Garrison

Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Governor John Kasich cracked jokes about Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in front of a packed room at a school and church in Windham., New Hampshire just hours before voters head to the polls in what will likely be a make-or-break day for his campaign.

“I’m for Bernie for being president – of Ben and Jerry’s. If we can get free everything, why not free ice cream?” Kasich said, poking fun at the socialist views of Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders.

Kasich got laughs from the crowd when he compared himself to Sanders and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton with a Goldilocks and the three bears reference.

“Hillary is too brittle and Bernie is way out here on the extreme. I’m the right porridge,” he said. “One of them is too hot and the other is too cold.”

“He has a good sense of humor. I like that,” said New Hampshire voter and crowd member David Colglaziel.

Reuters reports Kasich has about the support of between 12 and 14 percent of New Hampshire’s voters in recent polls.

His campaign has focused heavily on the New Hampshire primary, where independent voters can cast a ballot for candidates of either party.

Tuesday will be crucial for his campaign as a strong showing could see him on to challenge front-runners Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and Marco Rubio. If he fails to garner enough support to be seen as a serious contender, it could likely lead to the end of his presidential run.

If Kasich is feeling the pressure, he didn’t let on during Monday afternoon’s town hall meeting.

His off-the-cuff style appeared to work in his favor at this event as he shared a personal story about losing his parents in a 1987 car wreck.

“In the process of that, I somehow received the grace to heal,” Kasich said. “It made me so much more sensitive to the problems people have.”



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