Kasich Gives Students Lesson On How To Run For President

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Gov. John Kasich on Wednesday took time before signing a bill to explain the nuances of running for president to a group of elementary school students.

"When you run for class president, or whatever, ask them - if you're not going to win - ask them to vote for you the second time," said Kasich.  "And then write me a letter that you won."

In the Lincoln Room at the statehouse, Kasich explained to the fourth grade students from Greensview Elementary School how Abraham Lincoln received the Republican nomination in 1860.

"This is the tip I want to give you. Lincoln went around to everybody and said 'I know you're not going to be for me to be president but if your guy does not win on the first time we vote, how about voting for me the second time?'" said Kasich.  "And they all went o.k.  And guess what?  He became president."

Kasich also told the students about William McKinley, a former governor of Ohio who became president.

Kasich is rumored as a potential candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.  He previously ran for president - albeit briefly - in 2000.

He is attending a high-powered GOP conference in Las Vegas this weekend headed by billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson.