This morning Ohio Governor John Kasich announced his candidacy at Ohio State University, making Kasich the sixteenth Republican to announce his candidacy for the presidency. As someone who has lived in Ohio practically my entire life, you might think I would be excited to have my governor running. Well, I’m not.
Many people make the argument that you should have to be a governor to run for president, because governing a state gives you needed experience. Well, I’d much rather have President Rand Paul than President John Kasich.
Is Kasich terrible? No. I’d rather have President John Kasich than President Jeb Bush. But we have so many good options that even if we can’t get our first choice, we shouldn’t have to settle for our tenth choice.
This is not Kasich’s first campaign for the presidency. Kasich also ran in 1999, but he withdrew just five months into the race due to lack of support, financial and otherwise. One never knows, but I doubt that Kasich will do any better this time around.
Kasich is Ohio’s 69th Governor of Ohio and was elected in 2011. I remember voting for Kasich when I was 18 back in 2011, the first time I was old enough to vote. The elections took place shortly before I got super-interested in politics, so let’s just say I wasn’t as informed as a I should have been. However, at the time, Kasich was probably the best choice. Kasich also hosted a Fox News show from 2001 to 2007 prior to his governorship.
Kasich is a moderate republican, and a moderate is the last thing that we need in the White House right now. For those of you not familiar with Governor Kasich, you are probably wondering where he stands on the issues. In a nutshell Kasich is strong on issues such as abortion, common core, Second Amendment rights, and the economy.
One of Kasich’s weakest issues is healthcare/Obamacare. According to our friends over at Future First Lady:
Believes physician-assisted suicide should be banned. Believes we should loosen the one-size-fits-all approach to Medicaid. Opposes government run healthcare.
But Kasich’s actions don’t match his words. According to NPR:
In 2013, he decided to accept the Medicaid expansion money offered under Obamacare — heretical to most conservatives.
Another problem area for Kasich occurred after the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage. While Kasich claims to support traditional marriage, Kasich said it was “time to move on” rather than seek a constitutional amendment to prohibit same-sex marriage, as many conservatives wanted, reports the New York Times.
Another area of weakness for Kasich is immigration, according to the Times:
Mr. Kasich says he would consider granting legal status to those in the United States illegally if they registered and paid a fine. He has also generated criticism from fellow Republicans for saying he was open to considering Mr. Obama’s plans for an immigration overhaul.
Kasich has other areas of weakness, but those are the main ones. The problem is that Kasich’s weaknesses will be the key issues of this presidential election. Kasich is solid on the basics like gun control and abortion, but almost every republican candidate is. I see no reason to have Kasich running when we have so many better options.