Updated | Ohio Gov. John Kasich became the 16th Republican presidential candidate Tuesday, and one of the most closely watched, despite his lowly position in the early polls. Launching his campaign from Ohio State University, his alma mater, the veteran politician displayed the way with words that propelled his meteoric rise in Washington as a young congressman in the 1980s and 90s (but also his penchant for rambling). Kasich’s message was one of uplift and inclusiveness, a stark contrast with some of his GOP rivals, who are more focused on dishing out red meat to the party’s conservative base. The answer to restoring American prosperity is “not by dividing each other, but by staying together with our eyes on the horizon,” Kasich declared. It’s an unorthodox approach, and it fits with an unorthodox politician, one who is fiercely fiscally conservative but has strayed from the Republican party on some domestic issues, like Obamacare and education. Kasich and his advisors are clearly hoping that message and the electability argument — his work across the aisle and support in Ohio would work in his favor in a general election — help set him apart. “I believe I do have the skills, and… Read full this story
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