Governor Kasich Speaks at Mount Union
June 15, 2012
ALLIANCE, Ohio — Ohio Governor John Kasich spoke about the important women in his life to delegates of Buckeye Girls State on the campus of the University of Mount Union on Friday afternoon.
Kasich talked to delegates about his mother, who he described as “smart and very opinionated.”
“She was somebody who always stood up and fought for the things that she believed in, even when it caused fights and arguments within our family,” he said. “If you want to change the world, you get a woman to do it.”
Kasich also talked about his 12-year-old twin daughters — one wants to be a doctor and the other wants to be president.
“I tell them to stand for something and have integrity and don’t give up fighting for something that you believe in,” he said. “When you look around the world, some of the greatest changes that have happened in the world have come from the leadership of women.”
Kasich spoke of women throughout history who have changed the world, such as Margaret Thatcher and Rosa Parks.
“It’s an exciting time in our country to be a young woman,” Kasich said. “You can be whatever it is that you want to be. There is truly something about you that’s different and unique. You’re special, and I would bet that all of you have dreams about what you would like to do someday with your life.”
Kasich said that his mother, who came from an extremely poor family, had a hard time watching him accomplish certain things.
“It was sometimes hard for her to visualize what it was that I wanted to do,” he said.
Kasich told delegates that he would do the best he can to make sure life is good for them, but in return he asked them to reach high and stand up for what they believe in.
“You’re going to be running things and you’ll affect my life as I get older,” he said. “You’ll be in charge of hospitals, nursing homes, schools, government and family.”
Kasich told delegates that too much of today’s culture is focused on selfish endeavors. He encouraged them to follow their dreams, but not at the exclusion of other people’s feelings.
“I hope that you’ll think about what you want to be this summer,” he said. “Do not be shy. You knock on the door and when they don’t answer, you knock again. When I want something I go get it, and that’s exactly the way to think.”
BGS, in its 66th year, is a program for girls between their junior and senior year of high school. Girls are selected to participate in the program and are sponsored by their local American Legion Auxiliary unit, which pays the cost of their attendance. During the weeklong event, participants are assigned to a city (residence hall) on campus and one of two mythical political parties. The event includes a caucus, campaigning and primary and general elections. During the later part of the week, delegates function in appointed and elected jobs.
This is the second consecutive year that BGS has been held on Mount Union’s campus.