Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Ohio Governor Kasich 16th Republican to Enter 2016 GOP For President Free for All

Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Tuesday announced that he is running for president, making him the 16th Republican candidate to enter the race.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Gov. John R. Kasich, a blunt-spoken and unorthodox Republican who bucked his party by expanding Medicaid under President Obama’s health care law and says politicians must “reach out and help those who live in the shadows,” announced Tuesday that he was joining his party’s long list of candidates for president.

Mr. Kasich, 63, became the 16th prominent Republican to enter the 2016 field. As a two-term governor in a critical swing state — no candidate since John F. Kennedy in 1960 has won the White House without winning Ohio — he is a credible candidate, though his late entry means he has catch-up work to do.

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