"Anybody can come around and make a promise: we're going to do this, we're going to do that, we're going to have a 10 percent flat tax, we're going to abolish the IRS", Kasich told several dozen people who attended his 87th town meeting Monday at an American Legion hall in this eastern New Hampshire town.
It could be the biggest week of John Kasich's presidential campaign as he heads to New Hampshire's primary, where he needs to finish strong or risk going home.
"That makes New Hampshire wide open", he said, adding that Kasich is the person who fits the bill for New Hampshire voters.
Colleen Marshall has joined the governor in the New England state and will be bringing you updates from the campaign trail. "Rubio gets a boost from Iowa, and now Kasich really has to finish ahead of Rubio (or billionaire Donald Trump) in order to get a boost of his own out of New Hampshire, not to mention (former Florida Gov. Jeb) Bush and (New Jersey Gov.) Christie", said Kyle Kondik, former Ohioan now with the University of Virginia's Center for Politics. Discussing healthcare costs, Kasich said it's easier to translate the Dead Sea Scrolls than reading a hospital bill.
"They don't ask me that, and I don't talk about it, so I don't think I need to talk to you about it. I think I need to just get out and do my town halls and be positive and that's what I'm going to do", he said.
Kasich has also largely avoided direct attacks on other GOP candidates. Mr. Kasich is seen as the least conservative candidate because of his support for expanding Medicaid and because he often invokes government's responsibility to "those who live in the shadows", so he has the most to lose from these voters choosing a "D" rather than "R" ballot. Ohio Gov. John Kasich rounded out the top five with 7 percent. Ted Cruz, the most hated man in Congress, as its nominee.
Cruz tallied a victory in Iowa over rivals Trump and Rubio on Monday night.
He says he has been methodically sticking with his campaign's plan focused on New Hampshire. Then The New York Times chimed in to also endorse him as the best of a bad lot of GOP candidates. There's a reason seven of the eight New Hampshire newspapers endorsed him.
"Independents are independent for a reason - they don't want to be locked into a party label", MacDonald said.
Kasich has staked his presidential hopes on New Hampshire. "What I worry about is people who are not ready to roll and we're going to drift for four more years".
America Leads began running an ad this weekend in New Hampshire spotlighting Kasich's years as a managing director for Lehman Brothers, once the fourth-largest investment bank in the country and later a casualty of the 2008 financial crisis.
In 2012, Santorum won Iowa in 2012 and finished third in SC.