John Kasich Throws His Name in the Ring for the GOP Presidential Nomination

On Tuesday, Ohio Gov. John Kasich officially launched his bid for the White House. Although he is considered the underdog, he has often won fights he was expected to lose. In his unscripted speech, he paid tribute to his family, to the Civil War, to the civil rights movement, to the Great Depression, to 9/11 and a small town in Ohio that had fallen on hard times. Kasich also acknowledged that he faces a tough and crowded field of GOP competitors--many of them entered the race months ago.

Speaking at his alma mater, Ohio State University he said “People will have a lot more money than me." Yet, Kasich did discuss his upset victory when he first ran for the senate at the age of 24. Then, he recalled winning his first term in the House in 1982, at age 30, when Republicans lost 26 seats that year. In addition, he said that he has faced much competition for many quarters but was still able to cut wasteful spending as a member of the Armed Services Committee and balance the budget as chairman of the Budget Committee. He then worked for a decade in the private sector before reemerging in politics beating an incumbent to become governor of Ohio in 2010.

Kasich declared “They said it couldn’t be done, and we proved them wrong." Kasich argued Tuesday that he’s the only candidate with experience on Capitol Hill, in the private sector — where he worked at Lehman Brothers — and as governor of a swing state. He stated “I have to humbly tell you I believe I do have the skills and the experience. I have the experience and the testing, the testing, which shapes you and prepares you for the most important job in the world, and I believe I know how to work and restore this great United States.”

Kasich's candidacy brings the Republican presidential field to 16. Also, former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore has said he planned to announce in early August. Due to Kasich's late entry, it may be difficult for him to qualify for the first debate on Aug. 6 in Cleveland. Fox News is capping the debate at 10 candidates based on national polling numbers. Currently, Kasich is tied for 11th place.

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