Presidential candidate John Kasich speaks in Gulfport

Presidential candidate John Kasich speaks in Gulfport

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - GOP Presidential candidate John Kasich held a town hall meeting in Gulfport Wednesday morning where he reiterated that he's in this race for the long haul.

The former governor of Ohio spoke to a friendly crowd at the CLIMB CDC Event Centre. That same building houses a job training program for low-income residents, which Kasich said is a great example for the rest of the country.

Creating jobs and strengthening our economy is a major pillar of Kasich's campaign.

One person in the crowd asked, "How can we beat Trump?"

Kasich answered, "Hopefully, the race consolidates, and I'm in a position to go mano a mano."

Telling the crowd, "I'm in it, to win it," the Ohio governor talked about a variety of topics, from education reform to defeating ISIS. Kasich says America can become greater by relying on the strong spirit and resolve of her people.

After meeting with supporters, Kasich will also take part in a private fundraising event at the Great Southern Club. He'll be in New Orleans for another town hall meeting later in the day at 4pm.

WLOX News Now reporter Steve Phillips will have more tonight on Kasich's visit.

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