At least one person is speculating that Ohio Governor John Kasich may have a real shot at winning the Republican presidential nomination.
“Here comes John Kasich?” asks Cenk Uygur of the Young Turks. Could a Trump meltdown or a brokered convention be in the cards?
During the Fox News Republican debate held in Detroit last night, Donald Trump disavowed the Ku Klux Klan for the “eighteenth” time and challenged Americans to check his Twitter account. “Take a look at my Twitter account,” Donald Trump stated.
In November, a Huffington Post article described the figures in a graphic retweeted by Trump as “fabricated” and “incorrect.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2015
Somehow the original image is no longer available. The image compared the number of deaths of whites and blacks by each other using a calculus that could be fairly compared to what one might imagine an apartheid-era South African gun club would employ and a screenshot that may be viewed at the Huffington Post article above.
Donald Trump’s popularity in the polls, as reported by Real Clear Politics – currently running at an average of 35.6 percent, leading Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and John Kasich by wide margins – combined with the fact that he is perceived by some as being so unpopular among a perceived Republican establishment, has led some to believe that a “brokered convention” may occur, as reported by NPR.
“It’s very hard to make the argument that you should be the nominee if you didn’t win anywhere but your home state,” Cenk Uygur stated with regard to a scenario not including Trump. “Whereas Kasich, if he can win the very important state of Ohio… You’ve got Michigan coming on March 8… Boy if he pulls of an upset in Michigan and then goes home and wins in Ohio… Then your establishment candidate is not Rubio, it’s Kasich.”
In December, The Inquisitr reported on rumors that Mitt Romney could possibly be the inside establishment pick for the Republican nomination at a brokered convention if somehow Trump was deemed un-electable, or under other other circumstances that could conceivably dictate that.
Yesterday, Romney delivered a speech describing Donald Trump as a “con man” and as being “fake,” seen in a video hosted with ABC on YouTube. Trump responded to the 2012-Republican nominee at a rally in Maine, where he was introduced by Governor Paul LePage, and where he referred to Mitt Romney as a “choke artist” seen in a Right Side Broadcasting video, also with YouTube
“He was begging for my endorsement,” the billionaire stated, with regard to Romney’s 2012 campaign, to the Maine rally, which was interrupted several times by seeming protesters. “I could have said, ‘Mitt, drop to your knees.’ He would have dropped to his knees.”
Mitt Romney encouraged voters to choose whichever Republican candidate is ahead in any given state, a strategy that could be interpreted as preparing for a brokered convention.
So who is John Kasich?
“I beat Clinton by more than anybody,” the Ohio Governor stated with supreme confidence to whistles and applause at the Republican debate. A recent Quinnipiac poll has Kasich winning against Clinton by 17 percent, as reported by Real Clear Politics. The life-long conservative explained that the “reason” he polls so well against Clinton is that he can get “crossover votes,” and that, rather than engaging in “scrums” with his opponents, he has remained steadfast in his resolve for insisting on discussing the issues at hand.
Kasich went on to say that, wherever he travels, people seem to consistently tell him that he seems like the “adult” in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
Kasich is 63 years old, his political career began in 1978 when he began serving in the Ohio Senate, he then served as a congressman from 1983 to 2001. Kasich ran a short campaign in the 2000 presidential election, where he dropped out early, in July 1999, after fundraising poorly, according to the Pittsburgh Post hosted with Google News. He later endorsed George Bush.
John Kasich is “pro-life,” a member in “good standing” with the NRA, describes guns as “an inviolate part of our constitution,” “supports” capital punishment, is a climate change believer, and supports Common Core standards, according to the Columbus Dispatch.
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