After only a year into the Trump presidency, many people are already looking forward in another three years to the 2020 presidential election, in hopes that a proper challenger to the current administration can relieve the president of his duties. Although, customarily the incumbent president generally goes unchallenged as his party’s nominee for the general election, the next race may prove to be different from previous years. Considering the extent to which President Trump has delegitimized the GOP name and brand, it is clear that even some members of his own party are looking for a way out.
In the 2016 election, despite the fact that Trump took a great deal of attention away from some of the other Republican candidates, there was one clear face of moderate conservatism attempting to reunite the partisan divide that had erupted. Although he remained to some extent, in the background of the broader race, Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) could be seen as a progressive Republican who was looking to bridge an already fractured federal government. Now, with many people looking three years ahead to the 2020 presidential election, those close to Kasich have revealed that a potential bid for the highest office may be in place.
In regards to the rumors surrounding a candidacy for the office of president, those around Kasich have remained ambiguous and vague with their answers, leaving the option open if the former candidate decides to run. According to a report by POLITICO, Kasich’s top political adviser, John Weaver, claimed that:
‘He’s made no decision whether to run in 2020, he’s made no decision whether to run as an independent, in a primary, or not. There’s been no decision to run, but no decision not to run.’
Currently, those working with Kasich have taken an active approach in better understanding how the governor’s bid for presidency would be perceived by other politicians and constituents alike. With Kasich returning to Washington over the weekend for the National Governors Association, it is clear that he aims to be active and engaged throughout the conference.
Furthermore, Kasich has also increased his frequency of events and speaking engagements around the country, meeting with various influential individuals and activists that he may need on his side if he decides to run in 2020. Interestingly enough, however, sources say that Kasich is not dead set on running as a Republican, and is waiting to see how the political landscape plays out. Some reports claim that, if need be, Kasich would strongly consider running as an independent for office, given his more bipartisan ideals.
— Free Thinker (@Voters4Kasich) February 24, 2018
After the school shooting in Parkland, FL, Kasich has received some backlash from longtime colleagues, as he advocated for stricter gun laws and pushed his GOP counterparts to consider reforming gun control. Furthermore, Kasich was also found working closely with Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper of Colorado, as the two worked on health care issues that would provide a more overarching benefit to all parties involved.
If all the sudden you couldn't buy an AR-15, what would you lose? Would you feel your second amendment rights would be eroded? These are the things that have to be looked at and action has to happen. pic.twitter.com/CefKNaMKNE
— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) February 18, 2018
Whether Kasich ultimately runs or not is something that only time will tell. Nevertheless, however, the idea of a strong and moderate conservative candidate is far more calming than to see yet another Trump campaign.
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— Jim VandeHei (@JimVandeHei) August 25, 2017
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