Presidential candidate speaks on campus

Gov. John Kasich speaks to supporters at Monroe County Community College

Presidential candidate John Kasich made a pit stop at Monroe County Community College during his political campaign Monday, March 7.

The town hall-style meeting was held in the atrium of the La-Z-Boy Center the day before Michigan's primary election.

Karen Kasich joked about how she met her husband while introducing him.

The Ohio governor touched on topics such as immigration, small businesses, repairing Michigan roads, and education.

Higher education is critical," Kasich said.

Before the town hall meeting, Kasich talked with MCCC President Kojo Quartey about the affordability of going to a community college instead of a four year school. A student can attend MCCC for just 3,000 dollars a year.


Kasich wants to bring federal dollars back to the states for education, job training, and welfare.

When addressing the issue of immigration, Kasich joked that there needs to be a wall built between Ohio and Michigan because of the rivalry of Ohio State University and the University of Michigan.

On a serious note, Kasich said he would not go door to door deporting illegal immigrants but will not give citizenship to those who entered the United States illegally.

One of Kasich’s main concerns for the future of the United States is the nation’s budget.

“Why do you think we have a nineteen trillion dollars in debt?” he asked.

“Because what happens is everybody yells at that these congressmen and go home.”

The governor went on to explain how Congress is letting the nation’s debt deteriorate because they don’t want to make people upset by cutting programs.

"When you have to balance the budget, you have to think big," he said.

While Kasich is currently in a distant fourth place in the Republican race, he discouraged name calling to earn him the Republican nomination.

“Personal attacks against Donald Trump will not win voters,” he said.

Kasich urged voters to go out and vote March 8 in Michigan's primary elections and asked for support.