Ohio Gov. John Kasich went on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert this week and said the current presidential debates were “the dumbest thing going.”
“It’s sort of like tell your entire life story in 30 seconds,” Kasich said of the debates. “Harry Truman couldn’t get elected this way. The thing I love are the town halls.” (Scroll down for video.)
It shows. Kasich is regarded by many to have had his best performance yet during Thursday night's CNN Republican town hall.
During that event, Kasich described what it was like to lose his parents suddenly as an adult, and the dark place he found himself. He credited his faith with getting him through it.
That is why a moment he had earlier in the day with a Georgia college student was particularly poignant.
At a town hall event in South Carolina, 21-year-old Brett Smith told Kasich that he had recently experienced a series of harships, including the suicide of a friend and the divorce of his parents.
Smith told Kasich, “I would really appreciate one of those hugs you’ve been talking about.”
Kasich told CNN's town hall audience on Thursday that he has heard stories like Smith's all across the country.