Might Ohio’s Governor John Kasich Run For President?

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While there are many names being mentioned already for 2016, Ohio Governor John Kasich certainly has the experience and fortitude. He has the conservative “chops,” and the ability to make tough decisions. Would he run for president in 2016? Could he connect with an American electorate that is much different than when he ran for Congress in the 90s?

From The Columbus Dispatch:

Gov. John Kasich’s nonverbal answer to a question about his possible 2016 presidential aspirations could have been a sign of exasperation following a grueling race for the White House.

Or, perhaps, it was meant to belabor Kasich’s intention to run for re-election in 2014 for the office he now holds.
Yet, the 60-year-old Republican was asked at a news conference yesterday if he could talk about running for president in 2016, and he didn’t rule it out.

“I haven’t announced this yet, but I have full intentions of running for re-election and I have a great job here as the governor,” Kasich said. “Being governor of Ohio, to me, is one of the greatest jobs in the world, so that’s all I focus on. I don’t worry about, you know, worry about today.

“Remember what I said about putting the videotape in fast forward? My only interest is in being re-elected. … I fully intend to run for re-election.”

Kasich’s “fast forward” remark was in reference to something he had just told high-school students during a separate event at the Huntington National Bank Business Service Center — encouraging the students to live in the present.

The Republican Party is doing some soul-searching after Mitt Romney’s convincing Electoral College loss to President Barack Obama — a loss that included Ohio, where Kasich stumped often for Romney.

At least in central Ohio, Kasich’s name has begun to surface as a possible answer for a party looking to pick up the pieces.

Read the full story here.

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