John Kasich hasn’t been a relevant name in the presidential race for quite some time. He was unable to stick with Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, although he held onto his White House hopes for a long time. That being said, his name has come back into the news.
After taking his time endorsing Trump, it appears that Kasich could be coming around. He has not talked about endorsing Trump much since backing out of the race for the nomination, but has not closed the door on the possibility. If the Republican party wants to beat Hillary Clinton, they will need every vote they can get.
According to a report from Fox News, Kasich is still considering whether he should endorse Trump or not.
Endorsing Trump would be the right thing to do for Kasich. He agreed to stand behind the Republican nominee during the primaries and has not held up his word to this point. It is understandable that Kasich is unhappy with the nation’s decision to vote for Trump over him, but the alternative of Clinton should concern him even more.
Cruz has already decided to stay clear of endorsing Trump. He was booed off the stage at the Republican convention for failing to endorse Trump. His history with Trump was well documented, and it wasn’t surprising that he chose to break his word and promise as well.
Kasich is highly respected in Ohio and would make a major difference for Trump. He talked about how difficult he thinks Ohio will be for Trump to win, although he does believe that some parts of his state will vote for Trump.
“He’s going to win parts of Ohio where people are really hurting. But I still think it’s difficult if you are dividing to be able to win Ohio. I think it’s really, really difficult.”
Clinton is going to put a full-court press on for the state of Ohio. It is a swing state that could be one of the biggest deciding factors in the 2016 election.
She may have a slim lead on Trump in the state of Ohio right now, but she is far from locking the state up.
After all of these debacles by Trump, Hillary's lead in Ohio is only 0.8%. Not a good sign! Establishment backed wrong candidate, as usual.— Cenk Uygur (@cenkuygur) August 7, 2016
Trump does have respect for Kasich, although it didn’t show all that often during the primaries. According to a report from CNN.com, Donald Trump Jr. called Kasich in an attempt to convince the Ohio governor to become his father’s vice president. Kasich obviously didn’t bite on the opportunity.
Looking ahead at the upcoming election, Trump needs all the support that he can get. Clinton has been slowly pulling away from him in the polls, although that doesn’t mean a lot in the grand scheme of things. There is still plenty of time for Trump to figure out ways to win more voters over.
It will be interesting to see what ends up happening over the next few weeks. Kasich could help raise Trump’s support in Ohio. His endorsement could end up being what wins Ohio for Trump should he choose to follow through and give the endorsement.
Don’t hold your breath for Kasich to officially endorse Trump. He clearly doesn’t like the Republican nominee and endorsing him would be a very tough pill to swallow. More than likely, Kasich will simply hold his tongue on the election and keep his own opinions to himself.
Do you think that John Kasich should give Donald Trump his endorsement before the election? How much of a difference do you think Kasich’s support would make for Trump in the state of Ohio? Let us know your thoughts on the subject in the comment box below!
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