U.S. Republican presidential candidate John Kasich says the government can't solve America's social issues without economic strength and says that he has a good track record of balancing the budget in Washington. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. Republican presidential candidate John Kasich spoke about the importance of a balanced budget to take care of all Americans, during a campaign stop in Plaistow, New Hampshire on Monday (February 8). "I think about the issues of helping the drug addicted or the working poor or the mentally ill -- well you never get there if you don't have the economic strength. You can't do all of the things you want to do if you're not growing. And so that's why when I was in Washington, I spent ten years of my life trying to get that budget balanced and we did," said Kasich. U.S. Republican presidential candidate John Kasich is polling in the low single digits nationally but may be poised to play the role of spoiler in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary by cutting into the support of higher-profile rivals such as Marco Rubio. The Ohio governor, who is vowing to erase the U.S. budget deficit without shredding the safety net for poor Americans, has built a base of support among moderate Republicans and independent voters, who wield special clout in New Hampshire because they can vote in either party's primary. Kasich, age 63, has the support of about 12 to 14 percent of New Hampshire's voters in recent polls. The former congressman has staked the viability of his White House aspirations on New Hampshire, whose pivotal primary is part of the state-by-state contests to pick the party nominees for the Nov. 8 election to replace Democratic President Barack Obama. While well behind billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump, Kasich's poll numbers are close to those of Rubio, a U.S. senator from Florida who is seeking to build on his momentum after a third-place finish in last Monday's Iowa caucuses behind Trump and winner Ted Cruz, a U.S. senator from Texas.