Ohio’s Kasich plans stop through Michigan

Chad Livengood
Detroit News Lansing Bureau

Ohio Gov. John Kasich will make a three-stop swing through Michigan Saturday as he wraps up a four-state tour following the launch earlier this week of his run for the GOP presidential nomination.

Kasich has signaled his intent to campaign heavily in Michigan leading up to the March 8 primary.

The two-term governor and former congressman kicked off his White House bid Tuesday.

Kasich will be the keynote speaker Saturday morning at a Calvin Coolidge Breakfast hosted by Oakland County Republicans at the Southfield offices of the professional services firm Towers Watson.

From there, Kasich will travel to Republican-heavy west Michigan for a late afternoon tour of the Grand Rapids Brewing Co.’s microbrewery and then a keynote address at a Ottawa County GOP Lincoln Day dinner in Grandville, according to the Kasich campaign schedule.

Kasich’s campaign stops in Michigan on Saturday mark the third time he’s been in the state this year testing with voters his blunt-speaking approach to tackling public policy issues and his record in Ohio and Congress.

In April, Kasich spoke at the Detroit Economic Club and toured Campus Martius buildings owned by Quicken Loands founder Dan Gilbert and then met with Oakland County Republicans at the county party headquarters in Bloomfield Township.

Kasich returned to Michigan last month, making stops in Lansing and Mason and meeting privately with Gov. Rick Snyder and other Republican leaders.

“For those who do or don’t like me, you’re going to see me a lot in Michigan,” Kasich said during a sparsely attended meeting with members of the Small Business Association of Michigan. “I consider Michigan to be a critical state.”

Snyder has remained neutral in the race, but two national consultants who worked on his 2010 and 2014 gubernatorial campaigns have joined the Kasich presidential campaign.