Governor John Kasich announces his candidacy for the Republican nomination for president, July 21
Ohio Governor John Kasich announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for president on Tuesday, July 21st, speaking to a crowd of about 4,000 supporters for upwards of 40 minutes at Ohio State University, in Columbus, Ohio. Kasich talked without a teleprompter or a prepared text, according to campaign officials. The speech included many personal anecdotes about his political influences, and highlighted Kasich’s stances as a Compassionate Conservative, a brand of conservative politics popularized by George W. Bush.
Kasich is running for the Republican nomination as a centrist, and only briefly mentioned President Obama in his speech, which focused on his personal and political history in Ohio, domestic policy proposals, and national security spending.
On his election as Ohio’s governor, Kasich recalled, in a refrain he would repeat throughout the speech, “we put together a vision, we put together a team. They said it couldn’t be done and we proved them wrong again.”