COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Gov. John Kasich has used his prime-time speech to delegates at the Republican National Convention to tell the story of Ohio's jobs comeback.
The first-term governor reminded the audience that Ohio had lost 400,000 jobs during the recession by the time he took office in 2011.
Kasich, a former congressman, Fox News commentator and Lehman Brothers managing director, said Ohio has $500 million in its rainy day fund compared to 89 cents after he was elected.
Yet even as Kasich boasted about Ohio and its success, he said the administration of President Obama was paralyzing job creators.
It was a familiar tightrope act for Kasich, who must persuade Ohio voters to cast ballots against Obama even as the state's economy continues to improve.
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