A Candidate Joins The Crowded Gop Race Essay
On Tuesday, July 21, two-term Ohio Governor John R. Kasich, joined the every growing pool of hopeful Republican presidential contenders. Gov. Kasich, 63, became the 16th prominent Republican to enter the 2016 field.
As Governor of a critical swing state, the out-spoken, unorthodox Republican, has joined the list of credible candidates. However, some reports claim that, due to his late entry, Kasich is going to have to play a long game of catch-up.
“I have decided to run for president of the United States,” he told a crowd at Ohio State University, his alma mater. “I have the skills, and I have the experience. I have the experience and the testing – the testing that prepares you for the most important job in the world.”
Insiders close to Kasich claim that he has been toying with the idea of running for months.
A onetime chairman of the House Budget Committee who led a successful effort to balance the federal budget under then President Bill Clinton, Kasich brads himself as a common-sense Midwesterner who can work on both sides of the aisle. His chief strategist, John Weaver, calls Kasich “a rebel who can govern.”
In the upcoming months before the primaries, Kasich plans on stressing his national security credentials as a member of the House Armed Services Committee. He also plans on putting a spotlight on what he calls his “Ohio Story,” where he led in job creation and economic recovery and bosting a $2 billion surplus which…