Dayton Daily News | Sunday, May 24, 2015
n the fall of 1970, John Kasich was a skinny 18-year-old from McKees Rocks near Pittsburgh, who stood out at Ohio State University as a conservative voice and a big fan of President Richard Nixon.
His early record in college, which will likely get picked over if he runs for president, shows Kasich was anxious to make his mark in politics even as a teenager.
At Ohio State, he quickly landed a seat in the student senate and made headlines in The Lantern, the student newspaper, when he scored an invitation from President Nixon to visit him in the Oval Office in December 1970.
“He was very conservative. He was very pro-Nixon and that just wasn’t the norm on campus,” said state Rep. David Leland, D-Columbus, who ran against Kasich for Ohio State University Undergraduate Student Government and later became chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party. “This was during the war in Vietnam and people were getting arrested in mass protests.”