Ohio’s Kasich: GOP presidential rivals need ‘reality check’

Republican presidential candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks to supporters during a rally at Everal Barn & Homestead in Westerville, Ohio, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015. Kasich plans to attend the third Republican presidential debate that takes place Wednesday night in Boulder, Colo. (Kyle Robertson/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Ahead of Wednesday’s debate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich says he’s fed up and wants to provide a “reality check” to some of the wild rhetoric and unworkable ideas of his Republican presidential rivals.

Speaking to about 200 supporters Tuesday at a send-off rally, Kasich said GOP candidates’ pronouncements on Medicare, Medicaid, immigration and taxes are enough to scare seniors, children and families.

He urged voters not to elect a president who is incapable of running the country.

Kasich’s remarks come as he prepares to join nine other candidates at Wednesday’s debate hosted by CNBC in Boulder, Colorado.

He needs a strong showing. After an initial spike in interest this summer, Kasich has fallen in national polls and was one of the last candidates to qualify for the debate.

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