US Elections 2016: Ohio Gov. John Kasich Announces Presidential Bid

US Elections 2016: Ohio Gov. John Kasich Announces Presidential Bid
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Ohio Governor John Kasich joined the 2016 presidential race on Tuesday.


He delivered his speech for candidacy in front of hundreds of supporters in Ohio State’s student union building.

“I am here to ask you for your prayers, for your support, for your efforts because I have decided to run for president of the United States,” Kasich said.

His spoke about his childhood as the son of a mailman and called for increased compassion towards the unemployed and disadvantaged. His speech contained very little substance regarding foreign policy, but concentrated more on his upbringing and inspirational messages. He urged the audience to think about the African American population who feel the system “works against them” and about the struggle faced by parents raising autistic children to receive health coverage.

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“Policy is far more important than politics or ideology or any of the other nonsense we see,” he said.

According to Washington Post, Kasich spoke about the times when he had been underestimated as a candidate and an elected official.

“They said it couldn’t be done but we proved them wrong,” he said.

“If we’re not born to serve others, what were we born to do?” he added.

Similarities between Kasich and former Governor Jon Huntsman, who ran in 2012, have been pointed out. Huntsman contested conservatives on issues like climate change. He served as President Barack Obama’s ambassador to China and was regarded as too close to the president. Kasich’s campaign and super PAC includes a few names from his former staff, like John Weaver, Matt David, and Fred Davis.

In an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, Kasich talked about his chances in the 2016 presidential race.

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“I’ve been hearing from these Democrat operatives that John Kasich, me — I don’t want to sound like I’m Bob Dole, you know? But John Kasich, you know – me — that I’m their greatest fear. I mean, we hear it all the time,” he said.

“I actually ran into one of their big campaign managers. And he said, ‘You know, we do worry about you.’ I said, ‘Why don’t you say it publicly?’ He said, ‘Are you crazy? We’re not going give you any publicity,'” he added.

Meanwhile, Kasich’s position as managing director of Lehman Brothers, whose bankruptcy spiraled the U.S. economy into the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, might undermine the emphasis he laid on his upbringing as a blue collared mailman. Kasich had earned nearly $600,000 from the financial firm during the end stages of the final year, according to the tax returns.

In April, Kasich had tried to dissociate himself from Wall Street – and while he acknowledged the necessity of a financial system, he remarked that “there’s too much greed.”

“If all you seek is money without values, then you’re bankrupt,” Kasich said, as reported by The Guardian.

“What I think is that our banking community needs to realize there’s a moral underpinning.”

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