GULFPORT -- Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich told a crowd of several hundred in Gulfport of a bold plan he had for his first 100 days. Fix the VA. Slash spending. Turn a myriad of programs such as education, road building and welfare over to the states. Cut taxes. Fix the immigration problem.
Then he made an even bolder statement, jokingly, in SEC country.
"I won a national championship for Ohio State," he said.
A lady in the crowd asked what set him apart from others in the GOP.
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"Accomplishments," he said. Then he invited her up for a hug and received her endorsement.
Kasich, whom was introduced by Mayor Billy Hewes as "the only adult in the room" wondered aloud how the country could accomplish anything with "everyone running around calling each other names."
He assured the crowd he wasn't dropping out -- as many pundits and party regulars had suggested.
"I'm staying because at the end of the day I'll have enough delegates to win," he said.
He said he expects to run strong next Tuesday in the SEC primary and do even better later on when the campaign swings to the Midwest and Northeast.
"We're going to keep moving and if we end up in a brokered convention, I can't think of a better city to have it in than Cleveland, Ohio," he said. "So just chill out."
It doesn't matter where he is in the crowded field now, he said, "It's what the score is at the end of the game."
He said the people calling for him to drop out, particularly those in Washington, "don't give a hoot about us. They're there to keep things just as they are so they can make money."
The big question, though, was "how do you think you can beat (Donald) Trump."
"If the race consolidates, I beat Trump," he said. "I beat him head to head by 18 points in Ohio. I think he has a ceiling. I hope to be in a position to go Mano y Mano."
Would he consider being someone's vice president?
"We don't run for No. 2," he said. And he also brushed aside suggestions that the country could collapse.
"Come on," he said. "We're going to be fine. I know how to get the country back in shape again."
But it won't be fixed by someone riding in on a white horse, he said.
"It's about us," he said.