Billionaire developer Donald Trump's success as the Republican presidential front-runner is partially due to the insecurity Americans feel about their economic future, his rival Ohio Gov. John Kasich tells Newsmax TV.
"It's people who are worried about their jobs. It's economic insecurity. The fact that their wages aren't going up. The fact that they put their money in the bank and got no interest," Kasich said in an interview with J.D. Hayworth on "Newsmax Prime."
"The fact that their kids have rung up huge debt — college debt — and they're still living at home because they can't find a decent job."
But Kasich said he is well aware of the nation's economic doldrums as well and has definitive plans to help get America its economic footing back.
"I understand that, I grew up in that. That's the environment that I was raised, this kind of economic insecurity. The way forward is you have to have a record and a vision that answers those concerns," he said.
"I don't think you solve that problem by attacking Donald Trump, you solve that by being able to communicate and articulate an approach that can deal with this economic insecurity and that's the way you do it."
Kasich said while he and Trump don't see totally eye-to-eye on the nation's trade agreements with China, they both worry about the human rights violations suffered by badly-paid factory workers whose products sell here.
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"Where I would share my concern about trade is we want to make sure that when people do violate the rules we don't send it to a bunch of international bureaucrats who muddle around and by the time they make a decision, our people lose jobs," Kasich said.
"We have to have an expedited process to deal with the cheating, but foreign trade is really important. One out of every five American workers are connected to foreign trade, there are 38 million Americans whose jobs depend on international trade.
"I support it, but I also believe that we shouldn't let people run over us when they're not abiding by the rules."
Kasich remains in last place behind Trump and Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio in the increasingly frenetic bid for the GOP nomination.
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