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Tags: john kasich | boston globe | concord monitor | newspaper | endorsements | gop

Kasich Racks Up Key Newspaper Endorsements

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By    |   Tuesday, 26 January 2016 12:25 PM EST

GOP presidential candidate John Kasich said Tuesday he's "very grateful and humbled" for gaining endorsements from two major New England newspapers for his campaign, but stressed the primary in New Hampshire, where he has been concentrating his attention, is still far away.

On Monday, The Boston Globe endorsed Kasich, followed by the The Concord Monitor on Tuesday, and the Ohio governor told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" host Bill Hemmer that "when things go well like that, you kind of want to ride low in the saddle, as an old mentor of mine once said."

Kasich, who called The Globe's endorsement "a big deal," is polling in third place in New Hampshire's polls, according to RealClearPolitics, where he is less than a point overall  away from Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Front-runner Donald Trump is leading the state's race by 20 points in the overall polls.

While Kasich is focusing on New Hampshire, he told Hemmer that it remains to be seen if a loss in Iowa could cause him problems in the New England state.

"I would love to have spent more time in Iowa but I didn't get in the race until July," said Kasich. "There is only one of me to go around...I have done things in Iowa. We are on the ground in South Carolina. We have somebody on the ground in Nevada. We are on the ballot of well over 30 states. We'll end up being in all the states."

Hemmer suggested that the Globe's endorsement "might make sense" because of Kasich's position on taking federal money to expand Obamacare in Ohio, and also on immigration. The governor pointed out that former President Ronald Reagan expanded Medicaid five times, and in Ohio, "we controlled our Medicaid program to one of the lowest growing programs in America."

"We are able to treat the mentally ill and addicted," he said of Ohio's expansions. "People ought to have an opportunity to get on their feet and live their God-given purpose."

But meanwhile, Kasich said he wasn't going to say things about Trump, even though the Globe said the front-runner's "bigotry" is "toxic."

"I'm not going to answer that," said Kasich. "I live on the sunny side of the street. I believe we have serious problems, but I believe they can be solved."

Kasich has gotten several major New Hampshire newspaper endorsements, reports Politico, including the Nashua Telegraph, Foster's Daily Democrat, and the Portsmouth Herald.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is also attracting attention of the New England papers, including The New Hampshire Union Leader and The Boston Herald.

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GOP presidential candidate John Kasich said Tuesday he's "very grateful and humbled" for gaining endorsements from two major New England newspapers for his campaign, but stressed the primary in New Hampshire, where he has been concentrating his attention, is still far away.
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Tuesday, 26 January 2016 12:25 PM
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