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Gov. John Kasich (R) 2016 Presidential Candidate

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John Richard Kasich (born May 13, 1952)is the 69th and current Governor of Ohio. A member of the Republican Party, he previously served as a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Ohio’s 12th congressional district from 1983 to 2001.He was a commentator on Fox News Channel, hosting Heartland with John Kasich, from 2001 to 2007.  Kasich announced his intentions to seek the presidential candidacy on July 21, 2015 at an event at Ohio State University. His announcement made him the 16th prominent Republican to enter the election of 2016. If successful,  Kasich would be the first president to be elected from Ohio since Warren G. Harding’s election in 1920.

Kasich has proclaimed that he would not be getting people riled up during his rallies and wants supporters to know him as the “prince of light and hope”. Throughout his campaign Kasich has deferred from negative advertisement, attacks and campaigning towards the other Republican candidates.

In some of the Republican debates,  Kasich has had some fiery debates with Republican front runner Donald Trump especially on immigration reform and Trumps plan to deport all illegal immigrants currently residing in the United States.

Kasich supports a balanced budget amendment.  If elected,  Kasich promises to increase the defense budget but freeze other non-discretionary spending . He would reform entitlements that include raising the retirement age for eligibility in certain programs.  Kasich has laid out a specific outline predicting the revenue and spending if elected as President of the United States.



Arco, Matt. “Christie: Kasich’s message of ‘light and hope’ makes me laugh”. nj.com. Retrieved 3 April 2016.

“The Kasich Action Plan”. Johnkasich.com. 2015-06-25. Retrieved 3 April 2016.

Read the rest of his bio from Wikipedia.

Gov. John Kasich (R) 2016 Presidential Candidate, 3.3 out of 5 based on 9 ratings
6 replies
  1. oportosanto
    oportosanto says:

    I agree with you when you say that he has the necessary qualifications, at the same time we all know that qualifications are not what determines if a candidate has success or not, it depends on money, power and influence.

  2. petesede
    petesede says:

    John Kasich is probably the most qualified of all of the Republicans that ran for President this election cycle. His qualifications can best be thought of in two different phases, but both of them had Kasich showing that he was a conservative, a Republican, but more than that, a person who was willing to work across the aisle to make progress.

    The first phase of his career was primarily his time in the House of Representatives where he served as the budget chairperson. His passion during this time was balancing the budget, even if it meant working with Bill Clinton, and often against Republicans who were too focused on simply cutting taxes. Kasich realized that to balance the budget, tax cuts, especially those directed at the rich were not such a good idea in the short-term. But at the same time, his pragmatic work process allowed him to get compromised from Bill Clinton on spending as well as welfare reform. By getting Republicans to not push for tax cuts and not push for drastic increases in military spending, and at the same time by getting Clinton to not push for spending increases, Kasich, along with Newt Gingrich were able to pass balanced budgets for 4 years. Those represent the only 4 years in the past 40 years that the USA has had a balanced budget.

    The second phase of his career is his time as Governor of Ohio. Again, Kasich showed his budgeting and finance genius by taking a state with a huge deficit and turning it into a state with a Surplus in less than 4 years. He did this similar to how he worked while a Representative in Washington. He held back his own group of Republicans for pushing for tax cuts, and at the same time fought against the teacher´s union to reduce spending in some areas. While the education spending cuts were controversial early in his term as Governor, by the fourth year he was able to re-establish modest growth in spending on education once the state budget was balanced.

    Probably his most controversial issue was his decision to accept the medicare mandate from Obamacare, and thus receive substantial amounts of money from the federal gov´t. At the time, most Republicans were trying to overturn Obamacare, so Kasich participating in the program seemed like a betrayal. But his decision has worked splendidly in Ohio with a million extra people getting healthcare without the state having a huge financial burden from it. Above politics and political bickering, Kasich did the math and decided what was best for his state.

    In the end, it will not play well in this election. He is a career politicians and most people do not understand the genius of the coalition he put together in the 90s to balance the budget. In a campaign based around bumper sticker slogans and personal insults.. the math guy, the nice guy never got any attention.

  3. Utah
    Utah says:

    Kasich isn’t afraid to speak his mind and I like that – I also like the fact that he doesn’t use that as an excuse to bash people and lower them. I’ve seen plenty of interviews of him to know that he’s a sincerely good person that wants to ‘fix the country’ as his wife calls it.

  4. HalfBeard
    HalfBeard says:

    My favorite candidate in the 2016 race. Probably
    the only Republican who isn’t insanely far to the right. Sadly, he’s
    not crazy so doesn’t get as much press coverage and few people
    know about him.

  5. Brian Wright
    Brian Wright says:

    Gov. Kasich has built a similar reputation for himself here in Ohio as Scott Walker has in Wisconsin as far as unions go. He was behind a push to limit the power of Teacher, Police, Fire/EMS Unions to collectively bargain.

    Our economic condition has improved under Kasich with a $2 Billion dollar surplus. Although a lot of critics argue that it came at the expense of local budgets which have had to been slashed due to decreased state funding.

    Personally I’m not his #1 fan but I’m happy to listen to what he has to say. In the first Republican debates he did very little ‘Make ‘Murica great!!’ semantics. He spoke to the issues at hand and didn’t get into making cracks or jabs about Hillary or his other opponents.

    Unfortunately that kind of sportsmanship doesn’t draw attention or ratings in the Fox News world we live in. I don’t expect him to go far in the race to become the nominee.

  6. Diane Lane
    Diane Lane says:

    I don’t watch Fox News or any political programming, so I’m not very familiar with John Kasich, but it appears he will be running for President in 2016, so I’m reading up on him. We actually have some things in common, but those items don’t necessarily relate to our political beliefs. I do agree with some of his stances, but not others, so I’m interested to see what he has to say if he ends up going further in the process.

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