While Trump was in Ohio, Kasich headed to suburbs for Dold
Donald Trump was in the swing state of Ohio Thursday campaigning for president. But Ohio's Republican governor, John Kasich, was in the northern suburbs, making a pitch for Republican U.S. Rep. Bob Dold.
Kasich, who Trump defeated in the 2016 Republican primary, is like Dold in saying he won't vote for the business tycoon for president.
"I'm not for Hillary. It's a difficult situation," Kasich told the Daily Herald Thursday. "That's why I'm spending all of my time (campaigning) for people who're running for the House, for Senate." He called Dold, a pest control businessman from Kenilworth, somebody who "thinks less about party and more about country."
Dold is in a nationally watched rematch race against Deerfield Democrat Brad Schneider, a former congressman who won in 2012 but who Dold defeated in 2014.
Schneider has also been aided by high-profile supporters of his campaign, including President Barack Obama, who recently cut a television ad saying the race isn't "just a choice between parties or policies. It's about who we are as people."
Kasich toured Colborne Foodbotics in Lake Forest and also spent a portion of the day meeting with Republican members of the Illinois House, talking about state issues and efforts to whittle away Democratic majorities in the General Assembly in Springfield. Key members of Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration and campaign operation worked on Kasich's campaign during the primary, creating close ties between the two camps.
Kasich had little to say about the World Series, where the Cubs and Cleveland Indians are tied at 1-1, with the third game scheduled at Wrigley Field Friday night. Kasich and Rauner have made a "friendly wager" on the series. If the Cubs win, Kasich will deliver Cleveland mustard and local craft beer. If the Indians win, Rauner will send deep-dish pizza and Chicago craft beer to Cleveland.
"I know that the Indians are going to roll, and they're not just going to roll for Cleveland, but people across this great Buckeye state," Kasich said in a recorded video message accepting Rauner's wager earlier this week.
The 10th District, which includes parts of Cook and Lake Counties, stretches from the Wisconsin state line, along the North Shore, South to Mount Prospect and west to Fox Lake.