Gov. Kasich hugs supporter at town hall

Republican presidential candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich meets with supporters during a campaign stop at Michigan State University, Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

CLEMSON, SC (AP) – Republican John Kasich says emotional exchanges like one he had Thursday with a young man at a town hall event have been happening throughout his campaign.

Kasich was at a town hall in South Carolina this afternoon when he gave a hug to a man who said a person he was close to had recently killed himself, his parents had divorced and his father had lost his job. He said that he’d found hope in God and his friends – as well as the Ohio governor and GOP presidential contender.

At a televised town hall on CNN Thursday evening, Kasich says he’s heard similar stories from people across the country, including a man who drove from New York to New Hampshire to say he was guilt-stricken over not warning his cancer-stricken son about the risks of testicular cancer.

Kasich says the exchanges have made him realize that “we need to slow down.”

He said, “There are a lot of people out there who are lonely and are looking for a place to tell people about their issues.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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