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WASHINGTON — Ohio Gov. John Kasich is stressing his experience as he speaks in front of a major Israel lobby and taking subtle shots at rival Donald Trump.
“I don’t need on the job training,” he told the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee on Monday, saying he already knows about the dangers facing the U.S. and its allies.
The Ohio governor also stressed his “firm and unwavering” support for the Jewish State and vowed to work to stamp out intolerance, racism and anti-semitism.
But some of his loudest applause came as he appeared to take on Trump.
“We are Americans before we are Republicans and Democrats,” he said, adding: “I will not take the low road to the highest office in the land.”
Unlike some of his GOP rivals, Kasich for months did not pledge to “rip up” the multi-nation deal on his first day in office. But he is now calling for a suspension in the U.S. involvement in the Iran nuclear deal in response to recent ballistic missile tests, which he says are a violation.