MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Ohio governor John Kasich is rallying for voters across the Lowcountry. Wednesday, crowd of nearly 400 people gathered in Mount Pleasant to hear the republican presidential candidate speak.
Kasich was in good spirits after coming in second place in the New Hampshire primaries.
"I think that the light overshadowed the darkness of negative campaigning last night in New Hampshire," said John Kasich, Governor of Ohio.
He vows to stay positive even as the competition narrows.
"I'm not going to be a pin cushion or a marshmallow, but I'm also not going to spend my time trying to trash other people," said Kasich.
Kasich told the crowd one of his top priorities is creating jobs for everyone.
"As this economy gets stronger, I believe we have an obligation to help people who live in the shadows," said Kasich.
As for immigration, Kasich wants to finish the wall dividing the U.S. - Mexico border. He supports allowing illegal immigrants already in the U.S. to stay.
"For the 11 and a half million who are here, if they have not violated the law since they've been here I'd give them a path to legalization," said Kasich.
Kasich suggest these immigrants would pay back taxes or fines, but never gain citizenship. He also suggested an overhaul of the visa program and the creation of a guest-worker program to allow immigrants to come into the U.S. temporarily to earn money.
Kasich used his experience as governor to add credibility to his ideas on the big issues.
"When I make you promises about what I want to do, I've done all these things before," said Kasich.
In a crowd, that openly included democrats, Kasich pushed for bi-partisan support by asking voters to look beyond party lines for the right candidate.
"If we're going to fix America we have to have somebody that reminds people that we are not republicans or democrats. We are Americans and we have to meet challenge of being Americans,"
Kasich will continue to host a series of town halls in Georgetown, Myrtle Beach, and Florence on Thursday.