HARWOOD: What makes you different in this race so far is that instead of anger you're talking empathy. You don't have the standard rhetorical hooks, the apocalyptic vision of the abyss that we're falling into under Clinton and Obama. It's all problem-solving. Doesn't everything we've seen about this campaign suggest the market for that is just pretty small in 2016?
KASICH: I think I finished second in New Hampshire, didn't I? Beat everybody else except Trump. If that's where the market is, then they're probably not buying me. But I don't think that's where the market is. I don't think people want to live in the dark.
Veterans have concerns. People who are working have concerns, about the strength and viability of their own job. Moms and dads are worried about their kids' future. What kind of a life are they going to have? Are they going to have kids, and a car, and a nice home — you know, a really good life?
We don't wanna be acting like we're going off the cliff, because we're not. It's better to fix things. If we dwell on the negatives and not on the positives, how we going to get out of this? How we going to change things and answer the concerns of these people?
I think my candidacy represents hope to people. I talk to them about the need for them to solve problems in their neighborhoods, to bring our communities together again. That's kind of a message of what it was like when I was a boy. Because there's not somebody on some white stallion going to come galloping into town and fix all the problems that we have out there — the problems of education, and training, and drugs, and a disconnectedness that we find. But, I mean, it all starts with a conservative series of proposals to raise the economy. Then it's more than that.
HARWOOD: I was at one of Ted Cruz's rallies in New Hampshire, and he said, "You know what?" Bernie's right. The economy is rigged." Crony capitalism. Trump talks about corporate bloodsuckers.
KASICH: What does he mean by that — specifically? Does he say that the rich are stealing from the poor?
Here's the way I look at it. Our challenges are a couple-fold. One is, there isn't any question that the Fed having a zero interest policy while the average folks had their money in a bank and got no interest — that was very bad policy on the part of the Fed. And it's true that companies bought back stock, because they could — they could take on debt, which they could write off. Buy back stock inflate the value of their stock. And people of means could buy their stock. There's no question that widened that gap.
But I believe the single biggest cause of income inequality in this country is the fact that people don't have the skills to command the pay based on the skills they have. Which brings up the question about our fundamental effectiveness of education today, and providing the skills to our people to make sure they can have value as a worker. I don't disagree that sometimes trade has not been good.