'Bernie Sanders' thanks John Kasich at rally in Illinois

Story highlights

  • The Ohio governor welcomed the unlikely backer in good humor
  • "On behalf of all the American people, I want to thank you for bringing a little class to the Republican debates," the impersonator said

(CNN)The 2016 campaign trail led John Kasich to the Chicago suburbs Wednesday, where he was greeted with some offbeat affection by a pretty, pretty, pretty good Bernie Sanders impersonator.

The Ohio governor welcomed the unlikely backer -- who seemed to be channeling comedian Larry David's impression of Sanders as much as the senator himself -- in good humor, calling for him "come on up" and say his piece before a crowd of more than 1,200 people at a Palatine, Illinois, campaign event.
    "This is not so much a question so much as it is a compliment," the man told Kasich. "On behalf of all the American people, I want to thank you for bringing a little class to the Republican debates."
    "Hold on, hold on. Let me finish," he continued. "Not talking billionaire class or millionaire class, but regular class. So, thank you very much."
    After telling Kasich, "I love you, my friend," then asking for and receiving a selfie, the rally ended and both candidate and "candidate" went their separate ways.