NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Ohio Governor John Kasich spent Saturday morning campaigning in Nashville.
The Republican presidential hopeful held a rally at Rocketown downtown.
Kasich’s trip to Nashville comes after a campaign stop in Memphis on Friday.
About 400 people attended the town hall-style rally.
Kasich supporter Jessica Boles, a graduate student at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, told News 2, “Out of all the candidates he’s the most electable in November, against either Hillary [Clinton] or Bernie [Sanders], because of his central stance on certain things.”
Following a contentious Thursday night republican debate, Kasich lashed out at his fellow candidates for what he sees as inappropriate behavior for a presidential election.
“When did we get to the point in this country where we can call these kinds of names and have people actually represent themselves as leaders, in this country, to young people. Enough of this trash,” he said. “We’re better than that. Imagine people around the world taking a look at what’s happening here.”
Kasich brought a digital sign to the rally, which displayed the growing national debt. It ticked higher and higher each second. He used it as a prop to tout his stance on the economy and his track record as a member of the U.S. House Budget Committee.
“[The national debt] went down. [It] stopped going up for four straight years. We balanced the budget, and we paid down half-of-a-trillion dollars of the national debt.”
Kasich also declared he would win his home state of Ohio, where citizens vote on March 15.
“Some of the other candidates, if they can’t win their home state, they ought to get out [of the election].” Ted Cruz’s home state of Texas votes on Tuesday. Marco Rubio’s home state of Florida votes on March 15.
Kasich is the third republican presidential hopeful to campaign at Rocketown, a faith-based event venue.
Ted Cruz held a rally at Rocketown on Friday and Donald Trump campaigned there in the fall.