Gov. Kasich to speak at NAACP convention

CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich will speak to the NAACP national convention that Donald Trump is bypassing.

Emmalee Kalmbach, a Kasich spokeswoman, confirmed Friday to The Associated Press that Kasich will speak in Cincinnati on Sunday, the day before the Republican National Convention begins across the state in Cleveland. Kasich had hoped to challenge Trump for the presidential nomination at the convention before the businessman’s delegate lead became insurmountable.

Kasich has declined to endorse Trump.

Kasich’s office says it had been trying for more than week to work out a time for him to address the NAACP.

NAACP leaders expressed frustration when Trump passed on their invitation, citing scheduling conflicts with the RNC underway next week.

Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton speaks Monday to the nation’s oldest civil rights organization. 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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