Ohio first lady addresses Latino event in Spanish

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio First Lady Karen Kasich (KAY'-sik) surprised Latinos gathered for a diversity event in Columbus by delivering her speech in Spanish.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/R2rvm3 ) Kasich spoke from notes before a crowd at the Ohio Diversity Latino Talent and Leadership Conference.

The wife of Republican Gov. John Kasich says she's long had an affinity for Hispanic people, culture and music. She says she first learned Spanish in college.

Onlooker Arquimides (ahr-KEE'-mee-dees) Segarra (sih-GAH'-rah) tells the newspaper he was shocked at first to hear Kasich continue in Spanish past the initial "buenos dias."

The Worthington City Schools girls' water polo coach and substitute teacher says the message meant more being delivered in Spanish. And he says Kasich was actually "pretty fluent."

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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