Kasich Doesn’t See Making Presidential Run In 2020

 

Ohio Governor John Kasich threw CNN’s Dana Bash a curveball in saying he doesn’t see himself running for political office again.

“I’m not really interested in running for political office again,” Kasich said. “I’m interested in being a voice that can help bring the country together again. And I don’t want to be self-righteous or any of this stuff. I’m doing the best I can.”

Bash seemed surprised by the announcement, as many would argue that Kasich’s behavior since the election would be taught in a “Future Presidential Bid 101” course: he’s continued to do national interviews; he leads a political organization; and he’s in the midst of writing a book.

 

Bash pressed the former presidential candidate, asking if his decision might change in the future.

“I don’t see it, Dana,” Kasich said. “Look, I have other things I have to do. You don’t close the door on anything, but I don’t have my eyes on that.”

 

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The governor’s seeming willingness to step aside might come as a surprise to some, as Kasich was the last candidate to bow out of the Republican presidential race last year, stubbornly hanging on even as many admonished him for doing so.

Kasich painted himself as the more moderate candidate, often countering Trump’s more incendiary comments with more measured tone.

His stance on admitting refugees – a sharply debated topic throughout the election – and his views on health care, backing the Medicaid expansion contained within Obamacare, put him more toward the center-left than any other Republican candidates.

While his attempts to reach across the proverbial aisle won small favor with independents and Democrats, a number of Kasich’s statements and policies drew fire from conservatives.

 

Mere weeks after Donald Trump won the election, 18-year-old Ohio State student Abdul Razak Ali Artan — a Somali refugee — injured 11 other students with a car and a butcher’s knife, causing many to wonder if Kasich shared some responsibility, due to his soft stance on refugees.

Even so, Kasich has continued with his attempts to bridge the gap between Democrats and Republicans, warning Trump and other Republicans against forging ahead with policy changes  “without including Democrats from the very beginning, and asking them to be productive.”

The idea that bipartisanship is impossible is “pathetic,” Kasich said.

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