Kasich and GOP candidates to make stop in Youngstown

Ohio Governor John Kasich

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Just days before the election, Republicans are returning to the Valley and leading the pack is Ohio Governor John Kasich.

Republicans running for statewide offices will make a stop in Youngstown Thursday.

The visit is part of the Ohio Works Bus Tour. Governor Kasich and the entire statewide Republican ticket are scheduled to be at Deering Compressor and Pump Company on Midlothian Boulevard in Youngstown Thursday afternoon.

Doors open at 2 p.m. The rally begins at 2:30 p.m.

Kasich’s work in Ohio and poll numbers have prompted some to wonder whether the Governor has his eyes set on the White House.

Asked at a forum early this week whether he’ll run for president, Kasich said he’s blessed to be Ohio’s governor. He said he is focused on his current job and not looking beyond it to higher office.

The Republican incumbent has led in fundraising and in the polls during the governor’s race. His strength and position as the top elected official in one of the nation’s key swing states has fueled renewed talk he may again seek the presidency in 2016, more than a decade after his first flirtation with the White House.

“I’m blessed to be in this job, and I don’t look beyond my purpose here as governor,” Kasich told the audience at a forum earlier this week organized by the Columbus Metropolitan Club.

Kasich is running largely on Ohio’s improved economy under his watch, a bounce tied at least in part to recovery from a national recession.

The governor said he isn’t lacking in ideas for a second term. He spoke about lowering the state’s income tax, having more mentors for children in schools and addressing the cost of higher education.

Kasich is also pushing tax increases on the oil and gas industry, along with bolstering regulations.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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