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Kasich Bends Obama's Ear on Shale Gas

You don't often get a chance to personally lobby the president, so you might as well go for it if the opportunity ever arises.

That's what Ohio Gov. John Kasich did last night with President Obama (and British Prime Minister David Cameron) in Dayton for an NCAA men's basketball game, according to White House pool reports. Kasich, a Republican, spoke with the president during the first half about shale gas development and environmental concerns.

"I was telling him that what we're doing in Ohio is we're setting standards so that we can have a safe environment and at the same time have economic development," Kasich told the pool reporter.

The governor also said shale gas development "can really help us to become more energy independent. And we don't have to sacrifice the environment to get the jobs. We can do both. I wanted to let him know. You want to let him know what's going on on the ground. He was pleased to hear what we're doing. I just told him that we're moving in the right direction."

But Kasich wouldn't dish about everything about which he and the president spoke. He wouldn't say whether they talked about gas prices or whether he thinks Obama will win Ohio in the 2012 election.

"Oh, it's not a night to talk about all the election stuff," Kasich said. "It's a time to have some comfortable time together. It's nice to be here, it's nice to be included."

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