In a raucous rally in a sweltering gymnasium in Ohio Saturday, Trump pitched for Ohio state Sen.
But despite state GOP efforts to avoid referring to Trump, when all is said and done it is still the Party of Trump - and, on a historical basis, the Party of John Rowland, Lowell Weicker, and Jodi Rell.
The plaudits came two days after Trump mistakenly urged Republicans to vote in the special election for a someone not on its ballot ― GOP Rep. Steve Stivers.
Though boisterous and bellicose, Trump steered clear of the trouble he stirred up the night before when he blasted one of Ohio's favourite sons, LeBron James.
Republican candidates across the country are attempting to appeal to Trump supporters by seeking to closely align themselves with the president and his agenda.
He questioned the idea that the party that controls the White House suffers in the midterm elections.
"First of all, the chaos that seems to surround Donald Trump has unnerved a lot of people", the Republican governor said.
Trump deleted the tweet naming Stivers and replaced it with one supporting Balderson. Troy Balderson, the Republican candidate for a U.S. House seat in a Tuesday special election, point blank why he invited Trump to campaign for him at his event in Delaware County.
Kasich said on "This Week", "I ended up doing a tweet about that, not only did I say that LeBron should be praised - look, he has got $41 million set aside to help kids go to college plus a bunch of other schools - but I also disagreed with the president because you know what, all around LeBron I think is a little better than M.J".
Trump also brought to the stage Ohio Representative Jim Jordan, "a tough cookie".
President Donald Trump is seizing on the prospect of Democrat Nancy Pelosi becoming House speaker again as he makes his pitch for Republican candidates.
"It's likely in the end that Balderson should be able to win narrowly", he said.
Trump was traveling Saturday to OH to hold a rally for state Sen. Pat Tiberi (R-OH), who left Congress in January.