His re-election next Tuesday looking like a slam-dunk, Gov. John Kasich was folksy in a visit today to Findlay. He seemed to fuel speculation he may run for president in 2016.
He urged unity over personal differences and touted Ohio’s improved economy as a template for the nation.
“Let’s send a big message to the country that Ohio has got its act together and we are an example of what people around the country ought to follow,” Kasich said in a packed Hancock County Republican headquarters.
His name has turned up in a few news reports speculating about presidential hopefuls. Kasich has maintained he is focused on getting re-elected as governor and has not thought about running for president in 2016.
But he did not strengthen that claim today in Findlay.
While Republicans are on the brink of another electoral sweep of statewide offices and majorities in both houses of the Legislature, Kasich seemed to distance himself from the right and moved toward the middle. Where four years ago in Findlay he proclaimed he loved the tea party and considered them brothers and sisters in battle, on Tuesday he opened ranks to Democrats.
“You should be so proud to be part of this. Maybe we even have a few Democrats in here — I would hope so — proud of what we are doing in this state,” he said.
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