Ohio Gov. John Kasich talks 1-on-1 with NH1 News in Newmarket on Jan. 25

Jan 25, 2016 6:49 PM

Steinhauser: Kasich tells NH1 News 'I expect that we will' move on past N.H.

NH1 News Political Director

NEWMARKET – John Kasich won’t say how high he needs to finish in New Hampshire’s February 9 primary, but he told NH1 News that on the day after the primary he’ll “make an assessment as to whether we should move on and I expect that we will.”

And Ohio’s Republican governor, who’s placed much of his presidential campaign’s resources in the first-in-the-nation primary state, said “we don’t disrespect” Iowa but that “we’re very comfortable here.”

Kasich spoke one-on-one with NH1 News minutes before holding a town hall at the Old Stone Church in Newmarket. It was the 76th town hall Kasich’s held since formally launching his White House bid in July.

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Asked if he’ll reach 100 by primary day, Kasich joked “we’re going to do as many as we can. We’ll see. We’ll let you know. If we get to 99 we’ll call you.”

Kasich’s heading to Iowa later week for Thursday’s GOP presidential debate, but he returns to the Granite State on Friday and campaigns here through the weekend. He’ll be in New Hampshire on Monday, the day that Iowa holds its caucuses.

Asked if he’s writing off Iowa, where he’s low in the polls, Kasich said “there’s only so many resources to go around for us and we’re very comfortable here. I mean it’s one-point-three million and everybody is pretty centrally located and Iowa’s a different challenge and a different environment so we don’t disrespect the people there but this has been a lot of emphasis of ours and as we build out across the country.”

As for what kind of finish he needs on primary day to march on to South Carolina, the next contest in the race for the White House, Kasich said “we’ll decide that on the tenth. We’ll see where we are and make an assessment as to whether we should move on and I expect that we will. I think with our ground game, with all the work we’ve done here, I feel really good about things.”

Minutes later, inside the town hall, Kasich kept up his theme of being the positive candidate in what can be characterized as a very negative GOP nomination battle.

“I’ve had a lot of people describe the campaign they see in the Republican Party as being kind of dark. Mine isn’t, because I think we can do these things.”

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