COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – John Kasich is assuring voters he’s tough enough to be president after a woman in Worcester, Massachusetts, told him she worries he’s “too nice” to fend off his GOP rivals and world leaders like Vladimir Putin.
Kasich is trumpeting a positive-only message on the campaign trail, refusing to attack his rivals. But he says that doesn’t mean he can’t take on the Russians and the Chinese.
He tells the crowd: “I don’t want you to have the wrong impression: It’s possible to be kind and at the same time very tough.”
Kasich says he’d sit Putin down and tell him “no more nonsense” and tells the crowd he was the “first one” to say the Islamic State group needs to be destroyed.
And, Kasich tells the crowd, he’s been known to be “brusk” and “tough” in his home state of Ohio.
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