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.