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Gov. Kasich Touts Ohio's Reforms At NAACP Convention

Bill Rinehart

Ohio Gov. John Kasich condemned the slayings of police officers in an appearance at the NAACP national convention Sunday night.

Kasich spoke to the nation's oldest civil rights organization hours after three officers were killed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the latest violence involving police across the country.

"I know everyone in this arena… condemns these terrible murders that have occurred with our police officers across this nation of ours. The Lord wants us to heal. The Lord wants us to work together. The Lord doesn't want the violence. He wants understanding," Kasich said.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will speak to the convention Monday morning. GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump turned down the NAACP's invitation.

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Gov. Kasich will be in Cleveland during the Republican National Convention, but has said he doesn't plan on addressing the crowd.

Kasich will be in Cleveland for the Republican National Convention, but has said he doesn't plan to speak.

He was the last Republican candidate to suspend his campaign for the White House. He has not endorsed Trump, but he's still promoting the Republican agenda.

"In this state of Ohio, since I've been governor, we do not have one single, statewide office holder who isn't a Republican. We have a Republican House and a Republican Senate. And what I want to lay out to you is, with the proper leadership and the way to view the situation in our state and in our country, it's really remarkable what can be achieved."

In addressing the national convention of the NAACP, Kasich touted reforms that he says have benefited minorities.

Kasich talked about reforms made to sentencing laws, police community relations, welfare, and education in Ohio.

Kasich says people are tired of politicians who promise but don't deliver, and he hopes the NAACP members and leadership would consider what Republicans have done for them.