GOP’s Kasich to talk national security in Southfield

Melissa Nann Burke
Detroit News Washington Bureau

Presidential hopeful and Ohio Gov. John Kasich will return to Michigan later this month to speak in Southfield at a forum on national security organized by a group led by recently retired Rep. Mike Rogers.

Americans for Peace, Prosperity and Security, or APPS, will host Kasich at 1 p.m. Aug. 31 at Lawrence Technological University’s University Technology & Learning Center.

Kasich, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, campaigned in Michigan on July 25, making stops in Southfield, Grand Rapids and Grandville. Kasich, first elected governor in 2010, served 18 years on the House Armed Services Committee and was chairman of the House Budget Committee while in Congress.

“The world has become increasingly chaotic and unstable because America has walked away from its traditional leadership role. We’ve got to turn that around,” Kasich said in a statement.

“I look forward to talking with folks at APPS later this month on how I plan to hit the ground running on Day One as commander-in-chief to help Americans make it happen.”

Rogers, the former House Intelligence Committee chairman and Howell Republican, launched APPS earlier this year as a single-issue organization aiming to influence the 2016 presidential campaign by promoting “strong” American foreign policy.

The group has been hosting Republican candidates at forums on national security in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina since April.

“The next president will have to deal with the threat of ISIS, Iran as a nuclear threshold state, and the territorial expansionism of Russia and China,” Rogers said in a statement. “Candidates must have strategies to deal with these challenges, and voters in Michigan and across the nation are asking for them.”

In Michigan, the organization’s efforts are led by Bobby Schostak, former chairman of the state Republican Party.

Moderated by journalists, the forums are opportunities for each candidate to fully outline policies on complex issues from Iran to China to cybersecurity, Rogers said. APPS does not intend to endorse a particular candidate, Rogers has said.

Rogers retired from Congress in December after 14 years to produce daily commentaries on national security for a national radio syndicate.

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