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A Passionate John Kasich Implores Americans To ‘Take a Deep Breath’ and ‘Think About Our Country’

Appearing on CNN’s State of the Union this morning, Ohio Governor John Kasich launched into an impassioned soliloquy centered on the need for Americans to come together in the wake of increased divisions.

Asked by host Jake Tapper if he had any concerns over President Donald Trump’s upcoming rally in Arizona — especially in the wake of Trump’s Charlottesville comments and calls from the Phoenix mayor to postpone the rally — Kasich responded that POTUS needed to display leadership.

“The president is our president,” the governor stated. “We want him to be successful. People around him have to get to him, including his own family, to say, okay, you need to show leadership.”

He added, “He has free speech like the rest of us have it. But when you go, try to use that as an opportunity to say something that’s going to bring people together.”

Kasich went on to declare that the president had it within him to move the country forward if he can “maintain discipline” before upping the emotion and delivering the following remarks:

“Jake, you are all asking the question, how does the country make it with all this fighting? This is ridiculous at this point. Everybody in America needs to take a deep breath and think about your children and think about our country. We don’t do well when all we do is fight. Let’s all take a deep breath and let’s think about what we can do to heal some of the basic issues in this country, which are still out there.

That’s why I’m going to go, for example, Appalachia. We need to fix that because America is the land of opportunity. I’m sorry to go on and on here. I just feel strongly now that we have to stop it. Stop it now and figure out how to find things that we can agree upon.”

It almost sounded like something a prospective presidential candidate would say.

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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