On the heels of a poll showing the gubernatorial race tightening up in Ohio, Gov. Kasich will deliver his annual State of the State speech on Monday. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler gave WYSO's Emily McCord a preview for PoliticsOhio this week and says Kasich will use the speech to appeal to independent voters.
Kasler says the governor is likely to talk about three topics that will reach out to independent voters: drug addiction, poverty and education. She also says Kasich may use a more cautious approach in his delivery, working more from a script than his hallmark off-the-cuff style.
"That's why I think you're going to see Kasich talk about issues, in general, that are more moderate. He's not going to talk about the issues that are extremely conservative because those are the voters who are likely to already be supporting him. It's the voters that haven't committed yet that he's going to really be trying to go after."
Governor Kasich will make his speech in Medina, Ohio on Monday evening. Kasler will anchor live coverage of the event, which will be on WYSO 91.3 FM beginning at 7pm.