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John Kasich

Elected Governor of Ohio in 2010, and re-elected in 2014, Governor John Kasich (R-OH) is fighting for the Republican nomination as a moderate candidate with establishment appeal.

Prior to becoming Governor of Ohio, a State that every Republican must win in order to win the White House, Kasich served nine terms in the United States House of Representatives, representing Ohio’s 12th Congressional District from 1983 to 2001. Kasich served all 18 years of his term on the House Armed Services Committee, and six years as Chairman of the House Budget Committee. Kasich was Chair of the House Budget Committee when President Clinton and Speaker Newt Gingrich reached the historic accord to balance the budget, a point he brings up often on the campaign trail.

Between stints in politics, from 2001 until he started running for Governor of Ohio, Kasich was a commentator on the Fox New Channel and hosted Heartland with John Kasich from 2001 to 2007. During that time he also worked as an investment banker and as the managing director of Lehman Brothers’ Columbus Ohio office.

This is not Kasich’s first foray into Presidential politics. Rather than seek reelection to his safe House seat in 2000, Kasich formed an exploratory committee for the purpose of running for President. Ultimately, Kasich would announce his candidacy for the Republican nomination in March 1999, but was unable to attract much support. Kasich dropped out several months later even before the Iowa Straw Poll.

On the Issues

Not surprisingly given that Governor John Kasich is a moderate on social matters and fiscally conservative on financial matters, the issues he supports track these two main themes. Kasich has voted against federal funding of abortion and to ban partial-birth abortions. Like virtually all the Republican candidates Kasich would repeal Obamacare and replace it with something that works, while at the same time not turning his back on the most vulnerable Americans. Predictably, Kasich is in favor of balancing budgets, defending the Second Amendment and strong national security.

It does not appear as if Kasich has taken any positions relating to patents, technology or innovation. Even more surprisingly, a review of his campaign website shows precious little information about his ideas for the economy. Kasich is fond of talking about the success of Ohio, with wages growing faster than the national average and unemployment down, but he explains nothing about what he would do for America.