Dec 23, 2015 12:03 AM
NH1 Political Director - NH1.com
CONCORD – Republican presidential candidate John Kasich’s confident in his campaign’s get-out-the-vote efforts in New Hampshire, and warns that “it’s to the point now where if you haven’t laid the groundwork, it’s a little bit too late.”
And speaking with NH1 News, the Ohio governor added that “I’m unleashing my secret weapon, my wife and my daughters.”
Kasich sat down for an interview at the NH1 News studios a couple of hours before he wrapped up a two day swing in the first-in-the-nation primary state with a town hall in Concord.
“Look, I will do my 45th town hall meeting before Christmas. And you know I’m looking forward to 50,” Kasich said.
“And then I’m looking forward to a 100,” he joked. “I told one of my guys today maybe I have to stay and do them after the primary’s over but I want to get to 100.”
Kasich has one of the stronger Granite State campaign structures among the 13 Republicans running for the GOP nomination.
“I just think the town halls, the organization, all those things really matter,” he said. “We’ve got John Sununu and Tom Rath and Sen. Gordon Humphrey and town hall captains and you know it’s too the point now where if you haven’t laid the groundwork, it’s a little bit too late. It’s pretty hard to build that.”
Kasich’s running as the adult in the field, touting his record of nearly 20 years serving in Congress and his two terms as governor of the Buckeye State. And he’s become a vocal critic of GOP front runner Donald Trump.
“I get very concerned when people say they want to ship eleven and a half million people out of the country. Or they say, you know, we need to target Muslims and have data bases and all these kind of things. That is not going to help us to win a general election against Hillary Clinton. I want to win and I also want to have policies Paul that can be enacted. I mean anybody can preach. Preach, preach, preach. But you gotta get it done. That’s been my history,” Kasich said.
And he predicted that Trump will falter as we move closer to the start of the primary and caucus calendar, saying “I don’t think he’ll be the nominee. I just don’t believe it.”
Family affair for Kasichs
Kasich was joined in the NH1 News studios by his wife Karen and his two daughters. It’s the first time the whole family has campaigned together.
“I’m unleashing my secret weapon, my wife and my daughters, so now they’re here. So I feel pretty good,” he said.
As his two daughters stood behind their parents on the set, Kaisch said “I want to keep them out of the limelight. And they’re in the 10th grade. They just finished exams and this is Emma and this is Reese. And they’re twins, and they’re going to turn 16 on the 16th of January in 2016. How’s that for a golden birthday.”
“But they’re in school and we have lives back in Ohio and my wife, she’s in charge of the whole Kasich operation, so she’ll come when she can but her main job is to help our kids grow and do well,” he added.
Asked how she’s coping with her husband spending so much time on the campaign trail this year, Karen “you know, he’s a phone call away. So it’s not like, people say ‘you feel like you’re a single parent’. No.”
Karen added that even when he’s not around, her husband “still backs me up when I have to lay down the law at home, right girls. And so it’s fine.”
The interview appeared to be a family first.
“I think it’s the first time all four of us have ever been on camera. I think this is the first time,” Kasich declared.
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