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John Kasich May Sideline 2020 Campaign Depending Who Else Decides To Run

Many are wondering if President Donald Trump will make it to the 2020 election. Some Democrats seem absolutely sure that the current POTUS will be the first president successfully impeached and removed from office. If Mr. Trump does make it to 2020, some wonder if he'll be willing to run again, or if the GOP will support him. At least one Republican says he's going to keep his options open.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich says that he's not counting on sitting out of the 2020 election yet. The governor just might give Trump, should the president run for a second term, a run for his money.

Kasich was one of Trump's opponents in the Republican primaries, and one of the to drop out. He's been an outspoken critic of Trump since the president took office. Kasich touted himself as a 'Never Trump!' Republican.

On Friday, during a breakfast with the media, Kasich was asked about 2020, and he indicated that he wouldn't say no to a potential run.

“What I’m saying is it’s unlikely, but I don’t know what the future is going to bring for me, or what responsibility or obligation I might feel,” Kasich replied. “I’m not writing this book, I’m not here today because I’m running for president. My wife would kill me … but you don’t ever say no to anything in life. I never thought I’d be governor.”

Ryan Williams, an aide to Mitt Romney during the 2012 election, says Kasich is just trying to stay relevant and keep his name out there on the off chance that Trump doesn't want to run for re-election. “Kasich is kind of in limbo — his time as governor will end when he’s termed out, he doesn’t have a path toward any other office in Ohio, and if Trump runs for reelection, I doubt he’ll challenge him.”

Kasich's own aide, John Weaver, told The Hill that the governor is just telling it like it is. “He’s not trying to be nuanced, he’s trying to be honest,” he said. “He learned as a governor that you don’t overpromise.”

If Kasich does challenge Trump in 2020, it could get ugly. “As Trump has shown, he’s not afraid to go after people he thinks have crossed him,” Williams explained. “The biggest example of that in Ohio is Trump’s decision to personally intervene to defeat Kasich’s hand-picked state party chairman.”

Source: The Hill
Photo: Flickr/ Gage Skidmore

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