John Kasich

Kasich Is Already Running for President Again

New York Magazine: “Kasich 2020 is not just a media proposition. Kasich is a sitting governor exploring a run against a president of his own party — a starkly unusual circumstance. He retains a skeletal campaign staff, and they are helping him to think through his options: Should he run as a Republican in the primaries or as an Independent in the general election?”

“A primary run is plausible, strategists say, if Trump’s approval ratings among Republicans fall below the high 70s, where they’ve been, and Democrats prevail during the midterms, signaling a loosening of the stranglehold of the far-right base on the party. A third-party run is optimal if the major-party candidates represent ideological extremes. Kasich has not declared he’s running, and everyone I spoke to preempted their hypotheticals with caveats. In the Trump era, two years is an eternity…. But among the party’s intelligentsia, all agree there is a common wish that the White House be occupied by a different Republican.”

Kasich Keeping 2020 Options Open

Gov. John Kasich (R) “is taking a subtle but significant step toward a possible 2020 presidential campaign. The Republican governor of Ohio met privately Thursday with several national security and foreign policy experts,” BuzzFeed News reports.

“The sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to share details, described the discussions in Columbus as the first in a series of meetings on domestic and foreign policy and aimed at keeping Kasich current in global affairs.”

Kasich Rules Out Bid with Hickenlooper

Gov. John Kasich “tried to shut down reports that he is considering an independent presidential bid in 2020 with Colorado’s Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper,” NBC News reports.

Said Kasich: “Look, ‘Kasich-Hickenlooper,’ first of all, you couldn’t pronounce it and second of all, you couldn’t fit it on a bumper sticker.”

When told that those words weren’t a denial, Kasich flatly said, “the answer is ‘no,’ okay.”

Quote of the Day

“There may be some philosophical, you know, kind of textbook disagreement. But when you sit in a room and you say to people, ‘Should we strip coverage from somebody who’s mentally ill?’ I’ve never heard anybody say yes.”

— Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), quoted by the New York Times.

Kasich Backs Slower Medicaid Rollback

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) said that “he could accept a gradual phaseout of the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, but only if Congress provides states with more money than the House health care bill included and more flexibility to manage the health program for the poor,” the New York Times reports.

“Mr. Kasich’s statement could prove significant as Senate Republicans try to find near unanimity on a bill to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement. His position points to a compromise that moderate Senate Republicans could embrace — but that could challenge the chamber’s most conservative members.”

Kasich Opposes GOP Health Care Plan

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) said that he’s opposed to the House Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, the Washington Examiner reports.

Said Kasich: “I wouldn’t be surprised if they pass something, but I’m not for it.”

Of President Trump, he added: “I happen to believe he doesn’t really care what the plan is.”

David Nather: “Take it for what it’s worth — this is coming from one of Trump’s former rivals. But Kasich still has a high profile in the GOP, and the more Congressional Republicans struggle to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the more likely it is that other Republicans could suggest it’s time to try something else.”

Kasich Advises ‘Surgical Strike’ In North Korea

Ohio Gov. John Kasich said that President Trump ought to “eradicate” North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his top lieutenants in a surgical military strike designed to give rise to a more benign leadership in Pyongyang, the Washington Post reports.

“Kasich stopped short of explicitly recommending that U.S. forces assassinate North Korea’s leaders, but what he described would be a military and intelligence exercise.”

Bonus Quote of the Day

“I’m pro-environment, I’m pro-trade, I’m anti-debt, I’m pro-immigration, I’m pro-NATO. And when I look at the party, I see it moving in a different direction. But I’ve always said I have the right to define what it means to be a Republican and a conservative.”

— Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), in an interview with BuzzFeed, when asked if he’s still a Republican.

Trump Wanted to Focus on ‘Smoke-and-Mirrors’

In his new book, Ohio Gov. John Kasich retells the story that Donald Trump’s son, Don Jr., called a Kasich adviser during the 2016 presidential race and asked if the governor would consider being Trump’s vice president, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Don Jr. said Kasich could be in charge of “all domestic and foreign policy,” and Trump would “be busy making American (sic) great again.”

Kasich writes: “He would leave the running of the country to someone else and keep his focus on the smoke-and-mirror aspects of the job of president, helping Americans feel that he was somehow making their lives better just by being at the helm.”

Kasich Moves Fuel 2020 Buzz

Gov. John Kasich (R) “insists he’s not looking at another White House run in 2020. His closest allies say the same,” Politico reports.

“But the prominent Trump adversary is publishing a book titled after a prominent 2016 speech he gave opposing Donald Trump: Two Paths: America Divided or United. Almost immediately after it’s released later this month, he plans to return to the early voting state of New Hampshire during his book tour.”

“Between that and a series of aggressive political moves embarked on by Kasich and his advisors, the whispers among Republican insiders about a possible primary challenge to the president won’t go away no matter how hard he tries to dismiss them.”

Kasich Says He Won’t Run Again

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) told CNN that despite keeping up a high profile since his failed 2016 presidential bid, he has no intention of running for office again.

“The two-term Republican governor has continued to do national interviews, has maintained a political organization and has been working on a book — all moves suggesting interest in a future run. Kasich, however, emphatically denied this was the case.”