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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Kasich?

Republican Governor John Kasich of Ohio stands on the horizon preparing to enter the 2016 presidential sweepstakes. Why not? In six years, he's done all he can as governor. If he runs, I hope he dusts off this ad from his 2014 re-election campaign. It is devastating.

From the Hill:
Kasich and his allies filed paperwork with the IRS on Monday for a 527 nonprofit group called New Day for America. The group can raise unlimited funds to pay for travel and other expenses the Ohio governor incurs as he travels the country testing the presidential waters.
Former Sen. John Sununu (R-N.H.) and former Ohio House Speaker Jo Ann Davidson (R) are among the group’s directors. 
In recent weeks, Kasich has signaled he’s increasingly serious about running for president. He’s been traveling the country pushing for a balanced budget amendment. 
Those efforts had been bankrolled by a PAC formed late last year, Balanced Budget Forever, which includes former operatives from Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign.
The New Day for America group will boost Kasich’s efforts, as he narrows his focus to critical early-voting states like South Carolina and New Hampshire. The launch of Kasich's 527 group was first reported by NH1. 
Over the weekend, Kasich spoke at the New Hampshire Republican Party’s leadership summit along with more than a dozen potential GOP presidential contenders. Kasich urged Republicans in the state not to “commit too soon” to any candidates to give him time to make a decision on whether to run.
Kasich served in Congress, balanced the budget, and joined Fox News. In 2010, he ran for goveernor and saved the state. We shall see what support he gathers.

You can ding him on issues. But history shows that without Ohio, Republicans lose. Grant, Hayes, Garfield, Harrison, McKinley, Taft and Harding -- half of the 14 Republicans elected president were from Ohio (7 of the 18 Republican presidents as 4 vice presidents became president; none were from Ohio).

And that commercial shows there is some grit in him. If he enters, watch out.