Kasich eyeing another run for presidency

Ohio Gov. John Kasich finished a distant second to future President Donald Trump in the 2016 New Hampshire Republican presidential primary.

All signs point to Kasich making another run in 2020. He is scheduled to be the featured speaker during the Nov. 15 Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications’ First Amendment program at the Palace Theatre in Manchester.

At this point, most of the national focus is on those jockeying for position to run in the Democratic primary for the right to challenge Trump in 2020. However, the president may first have to fight off a primary challenge from fellow Republican, Kasich.

Kasich is finishing his second four-year term as governor of the Buckeye State, which imposes a limit of two terms for its highest state-level office. While he is still working on plenty of projects in Ohio, including a potential $10 billion petrochemical processing complex for the eastern part of the state, Kasich seems to find ample time to criticize Trump on multiple fronts.

In fact, Kasich seems to have kept his 2016 campaign website running. At www.johnkasich.com, one will find both endorsements from the 2016 race (including that of The Telegraph), as well as current news.

Kasich seems to position himself as a more traditional Republican than Trump. The Ohio governor makes it clear he opposes most of the trade tariffs Trump has imposed on foreign goods, such as steel and aluminum.

“Traditional manufacturing will suffer the most from the technological tsunami. It would be foolish to try to spare ourselves the force of this wave by retreating. Instead, we must ride the wave. That means better preparing the U.S. workforce-in particular, aligning our education and training efforts with the needs of emerging industries and improving the flexibility of labor markets,” Kasich stated in a recent article published by the Council on Foreign Relations, a New York City-based think tank.

Kasich voices strong opposition to the Trump administration’s policy of separating undocumented immigrant children from their parents upon crossing the southern border. Additionally, he takes issue with the controversial and bombastic comments Trump sometimes makes.

While Kasich prepares a possible Republican primary challenge to Trump, the Democratic side appears to be wide open at this point. Early favorites in New Hampshire may include those from bordering states, namely U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. Of course, that is if they choose to run.

Once again, the nation’s eyes will be on New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary in 2020. Kasich appears to be ready to jump out of the gate as soon as the 2018 midterm elections conclude. It seems almost certain others will follow his lead.