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The start of Kasich's 2014 campaign overshadowed by RNC 2016 announcement
This will be Ohio's first major political convention since 1936

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Ed Fitzgerald (L) and Gov. John Kasich (R)
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The state’s most visible Republican says he’s thrilled that the Republican National Committee has chosen Cleveland as the site of its 2016 convention. More from Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler.

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Republican Gov. John Kasich, who’s long been rumored to be considering a run for president in 2016, was at a campaign event in Cincinnati when he got the news. Kasich says choosing Ohio shows the GOP is stepping out of its comfort zone.

“To be able to present a Republican Party that’s strong economically but cares about people who live in the shadows – it’s such a message that the Republicans have not had. And we’re doing it.”

But Kasich’s Democratic opponent this fall, Cuyahoga County executive Ed FitzGerald, said in a statement that the choice is a tribute to the hard work he and other Democrats have done in turning the area around.

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