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Kasich questions his 'purpose' as candidate

Kasich responded to a question by suggesting his purpose may not be winning the presidency.
By Ed Adamczyk Follow @adamczyk_ed Contact the Author   |   Feb. 24, 2016 at 11:04 AM
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KENNESAW, Ga., Feb. 24 (UPI) -- A comment by Republican presidential candidate John Kasich on Tuesday suggests he could be conceding the fight for the nomination.

A man at a Kennesaw, Ga., town hall meeting noted that Donald Trump was "running away" with the GOP nomination and asked the Ohio governor: "When are you going to live out your purpose?," saying Kasich needs to "stick it to Trump" and "stick it to Rubio."

"First of all, I don't know if my purpose is to be president. My purpose is to be out here doing what I think I need to be doing, and we'll see where it ends up," Kasich responded. "And if it's not this crusade, it'll be another one, and maybe it'll be a really small one, somewhere in my kid's school. Who knows? Because it doesn't matter the size of the crusade — it's the fact that you are in a crusade."

While it is not unusual for Kasich to speak introspectively while campaigning, his uncertainty over his future as a candidate came as a surprise.

Kasich came in second in the New Hampshire primary on Feb. 9 with 16 percent of the vote, ahead of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who had 12 percent, and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who each got 11 percent.

But he came in fifth in the South Carolina primary on Feb. 20 with less than 8 percent of the vote and also came in fifth in the Nevada Republican caucuses on Tuesday, with less than 4 percent.

Kasich met with pastors in Sandy Springs, Ga., later in the day Tuesday, and again reflected on his reason for seeking the presidency, telling a crowd at a campaign stop: "I don't like combining religion and politics in some sort of direct way...I'm following the purpose that I think has been laid out for me, and I want you to know that to achieve this goal — and I'm not sure exactly what the goal is. Some might say it's to be elected president. Maybe it's a different goal. Maybe it's raising the bar and giving people a sense that the world can be a better place. That we can be positive. That we can have solutions. Maybe that's enough."

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