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(Videos) Gov. John Kasich answers (some) questions at Ohio State Fair

by MARC KOVAC | CAPITAL BUREAU CHIEF Published: July 28, 2016 12:31 PM
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Columbus -- Gov. John Kasich still is not supporting billionaire businessman Donald Trump's presidential candidacy, refraining July 27 from even mentioning the GOP nominee's name in response to reporters' questions.

The governor told reporters he isn't sure who he's voting for at the top of the ticket in November.

"I'm not voting for Hillary Clinton under any circumstances," he said. "We have 100 days to go, we'll see what happens here."

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The governor offered the comments to reporters after touring the state fairgrounds July 27, the first day of the nearly two-week Ohio State Fair.

While remaining mum on Trump, Kasich said he would actively campaign to support Republicans running for Congress. He plans to be in Illinois, New Hampshire and other states in coming weeks and months as part of those efforts.

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"I'm going to do everything I can to help House and Senate candidates so we can keep those houses of Congress/," he said, adding later, "My interest now is that we keep the House and the Senate, down-ticket races, races in Ohio even at the local level and having a voice of positivity."

Other topics covered by the governor July 27 included:

/ On Not Speaking at the Republican National Convention:

Kasich said he did not regret his decision to refrain from participating in the convention in Cleveland.

"I think it would have been inappropriate/," he said. "I don't it would have been appropriate for me to invade somebody else's party if I wasn't prepared to give an endorsement/ You have to always follow your conscience in politics, and if you don't, then you end up regretting. I have a message of unity that's pretty darn clear and pretty well defined, and I intend to continue with that message."

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/ On the Coming Budget Cycle:

Kasich will spearhead one last biennial budget next year. He said he's already meeting with cabinet members and state agency heads to talk about what he hopes to include in his final two-year spending plan.

"In the last couple of years, we're going to be really pushing to redo the state of Ohio as best we can," said Kasich, whose term ends in 2018. "/ I want to have a 21st Century Ohio/"

He added, "We'll have another / very bold agenda, and we'll see if we can get it done."

/ On Security Costs:

Asked whether his campaign planned to reimburse the state for security costs related to his presidential run, Kasich responded simply, "No."

/ On What Comes After His Term:

The governor said he met with publishers on a book he plans to write about his vision for Ohio and the rest of the country, a move viewed as a precursor to another run at the presidency in four years.

Pressed on his plans for 2020, Kasich offered, "I have no clue what I'm going to be doing 20 minutes from now let alone 2020."

Marc Kovac is the Dix Capital Bureau Chief. Email him at mkovac@dixcom.com or on Twitter at OhioCapitalBlog.

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