Ohio Governor John Kasich held a rally at Iona College in New Rochelle Saturday, the first of the three remaining Republican presidential candidates to hold a campaign event in Westchester County. His audience of about 1,000 was supportive, beginning and ending with standing ovations and reacting positively throughout his remarks.
The audience was a mix of ages, with a strong but not predominant number of Iona students, and overwhelmingly white. The audience members I spoke with were about evenly divided between strong Kasich supporters and interested but undecided.
Kasich offered himself as an accomplished alternative to Trump and Cruz, touting his lengthy tenure in Congress and his gubernatorial experience as effective preparation for the White House. His presentation was heavy on exhortations of the importance of caring and the value in fully developing each person’s true self. It’s somewhat Oprah-esque; offering a sense of caring that contrasts sharply with Donald Trump and, to a lesser extent, Ted Cruz. It also contrasts sharply with the apparent mood of many voters in an election dominated by anger.
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