GOP candidate John Kasich confident he can win Pa. primary

Written by Dave Davies/WHYY | Apr 1, 2016 4:25 AM

Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks during a town hall meeting, Wednesday, March 9, 2016, in Palatine, Ill. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

(Philadelphia) -- Republican presidential candidate John Kasich is barnstorming in Pennsylvania.

He's slated to hold a town hall meeting scheduled in Hershey this morning and address a conference of conservative activists in Camp Hill this afternoon.

The Ohio governor held a fundraiser in Philadelphia yesterday, where he expressed confidence in winning the April 26th primary.

Kasich attacked Donald Trump for recent statements about abortion and foreign policy and said it's clear he's unprepared to lead the nation.

He  said the Republican party is headed for a contested convention, and noted polls show both Trump and Ted Cruz have high negatives that will prevent them from winning a general election.

"When you have the kind of negatives that we see these people having, you get into a fall election where they consistently lose, you really start to put the United States Senate at risk, " he said. "You also begin to put at risk the members of the state houses around the country and I don't want to see that happen

The GOP candidate said the party has had ten contested conventions in the past, and history is on his side.

"Of the ten contested conventions, seven times they selected somebody as the nominee who went into the convention with less votes than the front-runner," he told the crowd.

Kasich supporters say they raised more than $150,000 for the campaign at the Philadelphia fundraiser.

Republican candidate, Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, is also scheduled to speak at the P-A Leadership Conference in Camp Hill today.


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