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John Kasich addresses hundreds at Great Neck Synagogue

Republican presidential candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich meets

Republican presidential candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich meets with community members during his visit to the Great Neck Synagogue on Saturday, April 16, 2016. Photo Credit: Johnny Milano

Ohio Gov. John Kasich delivered a personal address about life and faith Saturday before a crowd of hundreds at a synagogue in Great Neck.

The Republican eschewed politics in his 20-minute speech, delivered as he competes against Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in Tuesday’s New York presidential primary.

Kasich, a Christian, said religion played an important role in his life after his parents were killed by a drunken driver in a 1987 crash.

“I know that if that man who drove that car could turn back the hands of time, he would,” Kasich said in remarks about his forgiveness of the drunken driver.

He received applause when he said, during remarks about Passover, that Israel is where the Jewish people “will always live throughout human history.”

Kasich, who has made a point of telling people at his rallies that they each have a unique purpose in life, said he has learned in his campaign that a large segment of the country feels “detached, isolated, polarized and lonely.”

He urged people to slow down and pay attention to one another.

“We live at the speed of light it seems, never seeking the time to make connections,” he said.

Afterward, during a brief news conference outside Great Neck Synagogue, the governor held up a piece of legal paper with a few handwritten notes to show his speech was largely off the cuff.

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