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Kasich Seeks Support for Balanced Budget Amendment in Maine

Ohio Gov. John Kasich headed to Maine as he tries to gain support for a federal balanced budget amendment

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    Kasich Seeks Support for Balanced Budget Amendment in Maine
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    Ohio Governor John Kasich addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Ohio Gov. John Kasich says he's hopeful that Maine will join 27 other states calling for a constitutional convention to support a federal balanced budget amendment.

    The potential Republican presidential candidate joined Maine Gov. LePage at the Statehouse on Thursday to urge lawmakers to support the measure being introduced by Republican Senate President Michael Thibodeau.

    It takes 34 states to trigger a convention and 38 states to ratify a constitutional amendment. Idaho, South Carolina and West Virginia are among other states Kasich says he's closely watching.

    The idea is unlikely to get much support from Democrats, who control the Maine House. Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves of North Berwick called it a "political gimmick." He says Maine should be focused on strengthening its economy, not "playing presidential politics."

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