Initially, Kasich, who lost the Republican presidential nomination to Trump in 2016, was not going to attend the Ohio GOP event, citing a scheduling conflict. But he did show up for a VIP reception with Pence.
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Pence used his appearance in Columbus to push the president’s agenda: cutting taxes, shutting down illegal immigration and rebuilding the U.S. military.
“I’ll make you a promise: under President Trump’s leadership we will rebuild our military, we will restore the arsenal of democracy and we will once again give our soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines and coast guard the resources and training they need to accomplish their mission and come home safe,” he pledged.
Pence also publicly pushed for action in the U.S. Senate on health care reform. “President Donald Trump and I are going to keep fighting every single day until this Congress puts on this desk a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. As the president said this morning, Obamacare is dead. Democrats are obstructionists and it’s solely up to Republicans Senators to rescue the American people from that disastrous policy.”
The party supporters also heard from three of the four politicos running for governor in 2018: Attorney General Mike DeWine of Cedarville, Secretary of State Jon Husted of suburban Columbus, and U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci of Wadsworth. Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor of Green skipped the event.
Renacci pitched himself as a political outsider with business experience and a fresh perspective. Husted said he has worked to deliver on a conservative agenda as a lawmaker, House speaker and secretary of state and he said Ohio needs a “new generation” of leadership. DeWine pledged to focus on creating jobs, cutting taxes, limiting regulations and improving quality education.
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Since becoming vice president in January, Pence has visited Columbus on April 1, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on May 20 and Cleveland on June 28.
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