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John Kasich Announces 2016 Presidential Campaign

Tue, July 21, 2015 11:55am EDT by 1 Comment

Keep your eye on the man from the Buckeye state! Ohio Governor John Kasich announced on July 21 that he will join the growing number of Republican candidates running for President in 2016!

John Kasich, 63, may not have a signature hairstyle like Donald Trump, 69, and he may not be related to former presidents, like Jeb Bush, 62. But, those might be the reasons why the Ohio Governor thinks he should be the next President of the United States! John wants to bring his heartland brand of politics and experience to Washington D.C., as he will run in the 2016 Election.

John formally announced his campaign during an event on July 21 at his alma mater, The Ohio State University, reports CNN. News about John’s desire to replace President Barack Obama in 2016 broke in late June, but John made it official at the Columbus, Ohio event.

“I am here to ask for your prayers, your thoughts and your support because I have decided to run for President of the United States,” John said. “I humbly say that I do have the skills, the experience and 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.”

John, who was accompanied by his wife and twin daughters, spoke about the struggles that the modern American family face in 2015. The governor brought up the trials that America has overcome in the past, including the Civil War, The Great Depression and the racial tensions in the 1950’s. However, John’s message was of optimism, saying that American have gotten through these challenges by “staying together, with our eyes on the horizon!”

John briefly pursued a presidential bid in the 2000 cycle, reports Politico. When it was clear that then Texas Gov. George W. Bush was going to take the Republican nomination, John dropped out and supported W. for president. John served in the US House of Representatives from 1983 to 2001. From 2001 to 2007, John hosted Heartland with John Kasich on Fox News. He was elected Governor of Ohio in 2010 and was reelected in 2014.

Ohio is considered a swing state, making it very important when it comes to Presidential elections. Plus, the first GOP debate will happen in Ohio, giving John the home field advantage. Though he might have shown up later to the race than the rest of the candidates, John could quickly become the one to beat.

The 2016 Presidential Election: The Candidates

John makes it a total of 16 Republican candidates running for President. Fellow governors Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Chris Christie of New Jersey and Scott Walker of Wisconsin announced their campaigns, as have former governors Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, George Pataki and Rick Perry. Former senator Rick Santorum is in the race, as are current senators Lindsey Graham, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina and Dr. Ben Carson are also involved.

On the opposite side of the political spectrum, there are only a handful of Democrats running for President at the moment. Senator Bernie Sanders is in, as are former governors Lincoln Chaffee and Martin O’Malley. Former senator Jim Webb is in the race. Oh, yeah —  Hillary Clinton is running too. If you don’t care for any of these candidates, remember: Waka Flocka Flame is also running.

What do you think about Gov. John Kasich announcing, HollywoodLifers? Do you think he will be the president of the United States?

— Jason Brow