- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Republican presidential candidate John Kasich made time to tour a welfare operation run by the Mormon church between a Utah fundraising stop and a town-hall meeting in Iowa.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1NViITs) that Gov. Gary Herbert and church representatives joined the Ohio governor for a Wednesday afternoon tour of Salt Lake City’s Welfare Square.

Kasich called The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints welfare program an illustration of loving your neighbor. He toured the faith’s store and cannery and asked questions about logistics.

Earlier in the day, Kasich attended a fundraiser luncheon in downtown Salt Lake City.

The Ohio governor is doing well in New Hampshire polls but lagging behind GOP front-runners nationally.

Herbert hasn’t endorsed any Republican candidates but says he leans toward those with gubernatorial experience.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com

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