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Gov. Kasich makes surprise speech at GOP Breakfast

Posted: 9:30 AM, Jul 21, 2016
Updated: 2016-07-21 10:36:41-04

Gov. John Kasich made a rare appearance in Cleveland during the Republican National Convention this morning.

He was a surprise speaker at the Ohio Convention Committee's morning breakfast. They've been hosting breakfasts each morning during the Convention. He was not listed as a speaker at the event. 

The speaking list for the breakfast was Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor and special guests Sen. Rob Portman and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. It was held at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Cleveland. 

Gov. Kasich spent much of his time speaking about standing for your principles, even when others oppose you. 

"My mother was right, you stand for what you believe in," said Kasich. "We want politicians to stand on principle, and whenever they do, if it's not the principle we like, we're not so much into them standing on principle.

"I can tell you that when you stand on principle, sometimes you're alone. And that's cool, because at the end of the day it's you ... the mirror and the Lord." 

During his speech, Kasich touched on his election to governor and trials as a "Father of Ohio." He also delved into legislative fights, such as Senate Bill 5 and Medicaid. 

"I was a congressman when I was elected governor. My wife said, "You're the father of Ohio, John. Act like it." Being the father of Ohio doesn't mean you sit down at a family dinner and fight with one another. What I leanred in Ohio is you gotta birng people together." 

NewsNet5 covered the event with a livestream on the RNC Live Blog