COLUMBUS, Ohio (WYTV) –Ohio Governor John Kasich made it official on Tuesday. He wants to be the next President of the United States.
“I believe I do have the skills and I have the experience,” Kasich said during his official announcement at the Ohio State University.
Kasich is the 16th notable Republican to join the bustling contest for the nomination. And he said despite all the competition, he is the only one with experience that matters.
He said he believes in bold ideas and after being told he couldn’t do what he dreamed, he turned that into a “can-do” attitude, which has been his philosophy for Kasich during his career.
Kasich said during his time as governor, there has been job growth, tax cuts and money in the rainy day fund.
The Republican already has $11.5 million in campaign support from the group New Day for America.
The Associated Press reports that Kasich is considered more moderate than the rest of the crowded GOP field, but is not well-known among voters. This is Kasich’s second run for the White House. He ran in 2000 before giving way to George W. Bush.
The governor’s campaign fired up a web site at the end of June that offered free tickets to Tuesday’s announcement. About 30 people from around the Valley headed to Columbus together Tuesday morning for the announcement.
They boarded a bus at the Mahoning County GOP headquarters in Boardman. Supporters loaded up their bus with water and snacks for the three-hour trip.
Local Republican leaders say Governor Kasich has foreign policy experience from his time in Congress and touted his record of producing balanced budgets as a congressional leader and as governor.
“Well he knows how to make decisions. He knows how to lead,” Mahoning Co. GOP Vice Chairwoman Tracey Winbush said. “He knows how to take people with him, and he knows how to set us on a course for the future.”
Kasich lost Mahoning County in the 2010 gubernatorial election, but he carried the county in last year’s election, earning 54 percent of the vote.