Presidential candidate John Kasich campaigns in GR

Posted at 7:56 PM, Oct 11, 2015

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — As part of his nationwide bus tour, Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Governor John Kasich made a campaign stop on Monday in Grand Rapids.

Kasich appeared Monday afternoon at Grand Rapids-based auto supplier Lacks Enterprises Inc. to see the company’s plastic plate division, which designs and manufactures components for vehicle interiors.

During his visit he continued to focus on his experience and long-term planning abilities.

“In the end, we have to be able to land the plane,” he told reporters Monday. “It’s not just about standing on the corner and yelling and screaming and clanging bells, it’s about being able to have the skills to get things done to fix this country.”

When asked by an individual in the crowd what he thought of Donald Trump, Kasich responded saying “American Idol.”

“Donald Trump is touching a nerve. It’s what I was talking about earlier: does the system work and do people think, here’s an outsider, and I’m so tired of the people who are inside,” Kasich said. “But I think that’s probably temporary.”

Following his West Michigan visit, Kasich traveled to New Hampshire, where he is scheduled to attend a convention.

Monday’s visit marks Kasich’s fifth stop in the state this year. He last appeared in Michigan in September during the biennial Republican Leadership Conference on Mackinac Island with five other GOP presidential candidates.

Kasich last appeared in West Michigan this past July.

While Gov. Rick Snyder has yet to endorse anyone in the presidential race, he said while on Mackinac Island at the leadership conference that he favored candidates like Kasich and Bush, who have experience governing a state.