Kasich visits LI, says other candidates 'know I can win'

Kasich's appearance at Hofstra will be followed by a stop at the Paramount in Huntington at 6 p.m.

Kasich's appearance at Hofstra will be followed by a stop at the Paramount in Huntington at 6 p.m. (4/4/16)

HEMPSTEAD - Republican presidential hopeful and Ohio Gov. John Kasich stopped by Long Island Monday to speak with voters ahead of the New York primary election.

The candidate held a question-and-answer event at Hofstra University, and another town hall at the Paramount Theater in Huntington.

Kasich sought to underscore his conservative values while speaking with the crowd at Hofstra. 

"I believe in balancing budgets," he said. "I believe in tax cuts. I believe in transferring power out of Washington to where we live."

The Ohio governor also said he has no intentions of ending his bid following Donald Trump's calls for him to drop out.

"Donald Trump said that I need to get out of the race because I'm getting his voters," Kasich told the Hofstra crowd. "Well, I've got news for him. I'm going to get a heck of a lot of his voters, OK?" 

Later, Kasich sat down for an exclusive one-on-one interview with News 12. He said his message perhaps wasn't resonating with voters earlier in the primaries because he wasn't "name-calling," but he expects a strong finish at the Republican National Convention this summer -- because he's hoping for a so-called open convention.

"Nobody's going to have enough votes, and then people are going to look at who can beat Hillary and who could actually be president," Kasich predicted. "That's why people are pressuring me from the other camps to get out, because they know I can win."

Kasich's Long Island visit comes with just about two weeks until New York's April 19 primaries, and some of the other presidential hopefuls are also planning stops on Long Island. Donald Trump is set to hold a rally Wednesday at Grumman Studios in Bethpage. Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton is expected to attend a fundraiser in Suffolk a week later, and former President Bill Clinton will campaign for his wife in Elmont Tuesday.

Sen. Bernie Sanders also recently opened a Brooklyn campaign office ahead of the primaries, and he spoke in the Bronx last week. Sen. Ted Cruz made a campaign stop in Manhattan at the end of March.

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