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Republicans hear presidential candidates on Mackinac Island

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina has taken a subtle dig at rival Donald Trump while explaining leadership to Michigan Republicans.

  She says that leadership isn't defined by position, title or the size of someone's helicopter or "ego." She's delivered the line before.

  Republicans gathered on Mackinac Island were excited to hear from the lesser-known but buzzed-about Fiorina days after a strong debate performance.

  She says a leader "challenges the status quo" and "we have been managing the decline of this great nation for far too long."

  Fiorina says as more people learn who she is, her support will grow.

  Other candidates at the Michigan conference include Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, John Kasich and Rand Paul.

 Ohio Gov. John Kasich says Latino workers are "completely involved" in all aspects of the U.S economy and not limited to certain segments.

  The presidential contender has come under criticism from Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton for generalizing about Latinos after telling a story about a note left for him by a hotel maid that said she valued his stay. He told reporters Saturday at a Republican leadership conference on Mackinac Island, Michigan, he was just trying to "slow down and honor people who sometimes we run past very quickly."

  Kasich says he's a strong advocate "for how Hispanics in this country can add so much in every profession."

  During remarks Thursday in California, Kasich talked about a Latina hotel maid and said "a lot of them do jobs that they're willing to do, and that's why in the hotel you leave a little tip." The president of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce says he didn't find the comments offensive.

Michigan Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof is endorsing Ohio Gov. John Kasich for president.

  Meekhof announced his support Saturday on Mackinac Island, where Kasich spoke at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference. He's the second high-ranking elected official in Michigan to endorse in the race, following Attorney General Bill Schuette's backing of Jeb Bush.

  Meekhof says Kasich "has proven through his actions what he can do," citing Ohio's balanced budget and healthy savings account. He says Kasich is a "Midwestern guy" who knows Michigan isn't "flyover country."

  Kasich, who was in Congress for 18 years, is among five candidates at the gathering.

  Kasich says he'd "know what to do" if elected because of his resume. He says "if you go down to Washington trying to figure it out, you're dead."

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