Ohio Gov. John Kasich offers frank views on many topics but declines comment on the decision in his home state of prosecutors not to indict cops in the deadly shooting of a 12-year-old.

Dec 28, 2015 8:21 PM

Landrigan: Kasich offers brand of straight talk in NH but not about Ohio cop controversy

With Lindsey Graham out, John Kasich threatened to take the role of biggest hawk when it comes to destroying ISIS during a campaign stop in NH on Monday.

"Mark my words here," he said. "I hate to say this to you but we are ultimately going to be involved on the ground in a major way.''

The Ohio governor gave his frank take on bipartisanship.

"And just because you happen to be a member of the other party, I don’t consider you my enemy. I may disagree with you a good chunk of the time but so what?'' Kasich said.

But Kasich dropped the political hot potato in his own backyard - the grand jury declining to indict cops for the shooting death of young Tamir Rice in Cleveland.

"A 12-year-old boy is dead and it’s a terrible loss of life but for me to be commenting on a decision like that, it’s not for me to do,'' Kasich said.

Kasich also wasn't very shy about the latest loss for the New England Patriots

"I couldn’t understand why the heck the Patriots would have told them we’re going to kick off. I mean I don’t understand that, then being from Pittsburgh and you know letting the Jets win, it was a double whammy,'' Kasich said.

And he made it clear New Hampshire is make or break.

"If I’m the story coming out of here, they will know me, they will know how to pronounce my name and I’ll probably, probably be president of the United States,'' Kasich concludes.

Kasich has said he’ll catch fire here - and he’d better, or his candidacy will end soon after the first in the nation primary.

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