Ohio Gov. John Kasich appeared on "Hannity" tonight and laid out his plan for fixing the U.S. economy.

"When I left Washington, after having completed that effort we made, and I’d spent 20 years of my life getting there, we had a $5 trillion surplus. And to your chagrin and mine, it was blown – and a lot of Republicans participated in that," the Republican presidential candidate said. "We've got to get back to common sense and shift a lot of power out of Washington and back to where we live."

He said if he is elected, he will work on deregulation, drive economic growth, fix the tax code and send power out of Washington.

"I know how you do it," Kasich said. "You can't go in there listening to special interests or having people talk you out of what you want to do. You've got to be firm, pleasant. Smile and just charge on." 

Watch the "Hannity" interview above.

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