Ohio governor John Kasich joined 15 other prominent Republican candidates in the presidential candidacy for the GOP. The second-term governor of Ohio is known for his direct and practical style announced his candidacy in front of 2,000 people at Ohio State University.
Kasich’s announcement was cheered by the crowd. Kasich told his supporters in Columbus rally that his work at the state and national level was his leading credentials for the US presidency.
Kasich said “I have the experience and the testing which shapes you and prepares you for the most important job in the world.”
The 63-year old underlined his work on the Ohio state budget deficit, pointing out that he balanced Ohio’s $8 billion budget and mentioned his previous work on the federal budget from when he was a member of the House of Representatives.
Nonetheless, his presidential candidacy announcement did not come without lashing out at other Republican Party candidates. Governor Kasich mentioned that he is running for the oval office partly because of the “weakness” of reputed GOP poll-leader Jeb Bush.
Meanwhile, Kasich is popular in a key Midwestern state, yet his late introduction to the race means he has to campaign twice as hard as other candidates.
However, Mr. Kasich’s approach seems to be to leap up in reputation, which will qualify him for the first GOP debate then build his platform from there on as the best option for the Republicans who are not satisfied with Jeb Bush for the time being.
The Ohio governor touched one of the most sensitive and debated topics of the economic struggle and racial violence that African Americans experience in the US.
“Think about the troubles that many of our African Americans still face today in a world where we have worked to provide equal rights and opportunities,” the Governor pleaded to the audience.
However, Governor Kasich’s views on immigration and foreign policy were somewhat lighter than those of his opponents’.
The governor mentioned the the fight against ISIS, the recent shootings in Chattanooga and various other treats.
Kasich said, “As serious as these are – and they are very serious – we have had a lot worse, much worse in this country,” and continued “We’ve always got through it, because the testing is what you stronger.”
During unofficial campaign events in previous months Kasich’s blunt has developed a reputation of not being combative, signaling that he will not be involved in the mudslinging which has become a norm in presidential campaigns.