Kasich delights in Iowa fair fare, but serious on policy

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Posted: Aug 18, 2015 6:37 PM
Kasich delights in Iowa fair fare, but serious on policy

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The latest from the presidential candidates as they meet and greet voters at the Iowa State Fair (all times are local):

4:45 p.m.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich wolfed down three grilled pork chops and chomped through an ear of sweet corn during an afternoon at the Iowa State Fair, telling an audience, "I'm not leaving until I get my ice cream."

But the Republican presidential candidate got serious during a 20-minute speech at The Des Moines Register's Political Soapbox.

Kasich commented on the Islamic State militant group, which has drawn some Americans into its ranks with what he called "a sense of family, a sense of importance and a ticket to paradise." Kasich called them "liars, distorters, murderers and rapists" and said the U.S. must work with other nations to destroy them.

The governor also spoke about how his party can reclaim the White House. He said Republicans must project compassion and humanity, not simply fiscal and military hawkishness.

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1 p.m.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is declining to comment directly on Republican presidential campaign rival Donald Trump's immigration policy, which would repeal the 14th Amendment's guarantee of citizenship to immigrant children born in the U.S.

But he adds during a press conference at the Iowa State Fair that there are immigrants who, in his opinion, misuse the intent of the provision.

Standing with Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley near the livestock pavilion, Rubio says: "There are people that come to the United States deliberately for the purposes of having a child that's a U.S. citizen."

Unlike Trump, Rubio says: "I'm not in favor of repealing the 14th Amendment."

Like several Republicans who spoke about the issue Monday, he says: "I am open to exploring ways of not allowing people in, who are coming here deliberately for that purpose."

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Noon

Amateur video of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio playfully tossing a football while visiting Iowa Monday is going viral, and not for its Kennedy-esque quality.

Instead, the Republican presidential candidate lays out a wobbly pass to a boy, while visiting a family in a Des Moines suburb.

The boy's arms extend too far, as he runs for the ball which squarely bounces off the skyward facing receiver's face.

Rubio is seen moving toward the child and offering a concerned, "Oh," in the video lasting less than five seconds.

What is unclear from the video is whether the boy ran the wrong pattern, or if Rubio's pass was off the mark.

It appeared from the short clip that the boy did not sustain any career-ending injuries.

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10:40 a.m.

On-and-off downpours are dampening Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio's return to Iowa after about a month away from the lead-off caucus state.

Rubio thanked a huddled, umbrella-covered audience for "braving the rain" at the fair's Political Soapbox, a regular attraction sponsored by The Des Moines Register.

The Florida senator has lost ground in national polls since billionaire Donald Trump entered the race in June. Rubio attributes his slip in national polls and recent absence from Iowa and lead-off primary state New Hampshire to duties in the Senate, fundraising and visiting other states.

"We love coming to this state. We were here last night," Rubio said, describing his evening of midway rides and a funnel cake with his wife and children at the fair.

Pledging to try to win in Iowa, Rubio told reporters, "We look forward to coming back quite often, especially as we get closer to the caucuses," scheduled for Feb. 1.