Arnold: This Republican 'kicked some serious butt'
At a time when Ohio Gov. John Kasich is lagging far behind in the GOP primaries, he received a powerful boost from actor and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
As Kasich rallied voters in his home state, Schwarzenegger endorsed Kasich during a campaign rally in Columbus on Sunday, telling supporters Kasich “kicked some serious butt” during his time in Congress.
“He was an action hero when he went to Washington,” Schwarzenegger said, referencing his movie roles in the muscular genre.
Schwarzenegger has business interests in Ohio, notably the three-day "Arnold's Sports Festival," which he started in 1989 and is held annually in Columbus. He also invested in a shopping mall. Schwarzenegger said he was first introduced to the Ohio governor when Kasich was first running for Congress in the 1980s.
"This is the land of opportunity; it is the greatest nation in the world, no matter what anyone says out there," Schwarzenegger said. "And we need John Kasich to now take charge and be at the White House."
Schwarzenegger's endorsement comes just in advance of Ohio's winner-take-all primary held on March 15. The vote is critical to Kasich as well as to efforts by Republican leaders to derail the candidacy of Donald J. Trump.
Schwarzenegger will also be replacing Trump as the host of "The Celebrity Apprentice." The actor is perhaps best known for his role as "The Terminator," with his catchphrase of "I'll be back."
Kasich hopes an Ohio victory over Trump will elevate his chances in the presidential race and give him the opportunity to present himself as the best alternative. He also said he will suspend his campaign if he does not win Ohio's primary.
Kasich urged his supporters to highlight his positive approach to campaigning, which avoids smearing his opponents, and which he hopes will result in victory.
"I think it's important that in Ohio, we not only send a message to the country, but we send a message to the world," he said.
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