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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Gov. John Kasich announced the suspension of his campaign Wednesday evening in Columbus.

He kept his remarks short, but thanked his wife, his two daughters, his staff and the hundreds volunteers who supported his presidential run.

“I have always said God has a purpose for me, as he does for everyone,” Kasich said moments before officially suspending his campaign for the White House. “Thank you and God bless.”

After the news broke earlier on Wednesday, Donald Trump said Kasich is “doing the right thing” by dropping out of the presidential race, adding that he is interested in vetting the Ohio governor as a potential running mate.

“That’s good. That’s good. You’re just telling me that for the first time,” Trump said when CNN’s Wolf Blitzer relayed the news of Kasich’s decision, which CNN confirmed during the interview.

Kasich has been critical of Trump’s rhetoric and many of his proposals on the campaign trail, but Trump insisted that he has “a very good relationship with John.”

“I think John will be very helpful with Ohio,” Trump said of Kasich and his home state, which will once again be a battleground state in November’s general election.



Article Courtesy of WJW Fox 8 News Cleveland

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