Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) believes the third time’s a charm as he reportedly strategizes for a White House run on the GOP ticket for 2020, and he’s adopting a campaign platform right out of the Democratic Party’s playbook – complete with open immigration and climate change alarmism as its hallmarks, while moving away from nationalism.
As a losing candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, members on Kasich’s new 2020 campaign team are helping him determine whether he will run for the GOP or as an Independent, but regardless of what ticket he’s running under, he is calling the Republican Party to make a major shift to the left on numerous issues.
Seeing 2020 clearly?
The moderate Republican maintains that he is still focusing on his role as governor until his term ends in 2018, and when asked if he is “plotting” another run for the Oval Office in 2020, he was illusive.
“That’s just not where my head is right now” he told Fox News Sunday during an interview.
Then Kasich quickly hit the presidential politics, claiming that most Republicans are pro-immigration.
“I think the bulk of the Republican Party – and I’ve been in the party since I was a college student – it’s one that believes in the fact that America has a place in the world … Reagan talked about it, it advances humanity. I agree,” the left-leaning Republican continued in the Fox interview. “I think the bulk of the Republican Party does believe that immigration provides energy to our country.”
Spreading out his globalist feathers, he also insisted that the majority of the GOP does not share Trump’s nationalistic fervor.
“I think the bulk of the Republican Party believes that America is special and has a place in the world to advance freedom and free enterprise and all those things,” he added. “I think that this move towards nationalism – where we are looking inward – has a lot of loud voices, but I don’t think it’s the bulk.”
And during a conversation this week with a magazine in the Big Apple, Kasich suggested some carefully planned strategies for the Republican Party that he insisted needed to take place.
“I think we need to be pro-environment,” Kasich expressed to this week’s edition of New Yorkmagazine, as noted in a New York Post report. “I think we need to completely redo education. … Look, I loved Ronald Reagan. I met Ronald Reagan. But Reagan was then. Now we gotta move on.”
Kasich also took the opportunity to deride the president for firmly standing up to his opponents, and he called the Republican leaders’ “failure” to condemn his behavior a “momentary lapse of reason.”
He then touted another direction in which he said he would take America – if elected – saying that he would embody an altogether different viewpoint than the president.
“[I want to restore] basic principles of caring, of love, of compassion, of connectedness,” Kasich declared, according to the Post. “There has to be a fundamental change, in my opinion, with all of us. I’m willing to be part of that. I want my voice to be out there. I want it very, very much.”
Currently serving as Kasich’s advisor, John Weaver – who ran Kasich’s 2016 presidential campaign until he was Trump’s last challenger – thinks that the moderate governor would be a very effective competitor against the president in a few years.
“He’s going to be a happy warrior about how to move forward,” Weaver told New York magazine. “He’s constantly counseling me to be on the sunny side of the street.”
Not a true Republican?
After Kasich’s attack on Trump and his challenge given to the Republican Party to oppose him, former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich blasted the two-time defeated GOP presidential candidate.
“His behavior is not that of a regular Republican,” Gingrich insisted, according to the Post.
Criticism was also aimed at Kasich in his stomping grounds in Ohio.
“He’s also been criticized in his home state for being a RINO – Republican in Name Only – after he supported expanding Medicaid – a move that put him at odds with GOP hardliners,” the Post’s Mark Moore recounted.
Ever since the 2016 presidential campaign season began approximately two years ago, Kasich has been opposing Trump, and just this past summer, he reportedly mulled running alongside a Democrat to depose Trump, come 2020.
“In August, Kasich also denied claims that he was mulling a bid with alongside moderate Democrat Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.),” Breitbart reported.
He’s even written a book that criticizes Trump, and still continues to tear apart other social conservatives in the GOP.
“Since his defeat to Donald Trump last year, Kasich has released a book, Two Paths: America Divided or United, and has been a vocal critic of the Trump presidency,” Breitbart’s Ben Kue explained. “In October, Kasich suggested that he may no longer be able to support the GOP should candidates like Judge Roy Moore of Alabama continue to win primary elections.”
Threatening to leave the Republican Party if things do not change in the progressive direction he would like, Kasich made his contempt for the GOP be heard earlier this month.
“If the party can’t be fixed … then I’m not going to be able to support the party, period – that’s the end of it,” Kasich proclaimed, according to Breitbart. “I mean, I’m worried about our country and my kids’ future. I am worried.”
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