Candidate John Kasich

John Kasich is the current governor of Ohio. A graduate of Ohio State University, the Pennsylvania native previously served as the chairman of the House Budget Committee, and as a U.S. representative from the state of Ohio. Kasich announced his candidacy for the 2016 Republican nomination in July 2015. The New York Times endorsed Kasich for the Republican nomination in early 2016. After a strong second place finish in the New Hampshire primary, Kasich has ramped up his fundraising in hopes of capturing voters who value governing experience. If elected, he would be 64 years old on the day he’s inaugurated.

John Kasich, December 2015

I know what the formula is: cut taxes, you restrain the government, you don't let the regulators put you out of business and you grow jobs.

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About the Candidate:

Birth May 13, 1952 in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania

Age on Inauguration Day 64 years old

Religion Anglicanism (formerly Roman Catholic)

Education The Ohio State University

Family Kasich was married to Mary Lee Griffith from 1975 to 1980. He married Karen Waldbillig in 1997 and they have two children together.

Net worth $2.5 million

Political career John Kasich is the current governor of Ohio, he also was a political commentator on Fox News, where he had a show called "Heartland with John Kasich." Kasich also served as managing director of the Lehman Brothers office in Columbus, Ohio. Kasich previously ran for the Republican nomination for president in 2000. Following lackluster fundraising he dropped out in mid 1999 and would go on to endorse then Texas Governor George W. Bush.

Top 5 donor industries Retired, Lawyers/Law Firms, Securities & Investment, Real Estate, Health Professionals

John Kasich on

Abortion

Pro-life except in cases of rape and incest. Wants to defund Planned Parenthood, like they are trying in Ohio.

"All lives do matter. Black lives matter, especially now, because there’s a fear in these communities that, you know, justice isn’t working for them.”

Has not spoken on the issue.

Believes climate change is real, however does not want to overreact to it. Supports the Keystone pipeline. Wrote the president a letter to reconsider his veto on the Keystone Pipeline because it would create 42,000 American jobs.

Believes the death penalty is consistent with justice and Christian values. Has Voted for making federal death penalty appeals harder.

Does not support legalizing drugs because it sends mixed signals to kids. Has stated that there is a 50% lower chance of drug use if kids hear "don't do drugs".

Wants to eliminate "silly deals" and introduce a constitutional amendment to require a federally balanced budget. Has also stated support for a “reasonable” increase in the minimum wage.

“I know what the formula is: cut taxes, you restrain the government, you don't let the regulators put you out of business and you grow jobs."

Supports common core curriculum. Wants to expand state funding of university in 2015, wants to find a way to curb student loan debt.

"We've got to be changing what we do in those schools, to make sure we're giving them what they're going to need and arm them with the skills for jobs."

"We need everything. We need oil, gas, clean coal. We need renewables."

Supports sending ground troops to fight ISIS. Believes there is a lot of wasted money in defense spending, but says “Our military must be improved.” Also supports US accepting migrants, believes it’s an opportunity to build relationships with EU allies.

"Mark my words ... at some point it will require boots on the ground from the world to be able to deal with this problem."

Opposes restrictions on the second amendment. Has stated that registering mentally ill is first priority in gun control. NRA rating changed from "F" to "A."

The only governor to expand the federal Medicaid program under Obamacare but still wants to repeal it. Has said the policy “makes great sense,” and that he believes Obamacare has made “real improvements in people's lives.”

Wants to build a border fence, but isn’t opposed to a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

"The idea that we're going to deport all these people is ludicrous, and everybody knows it,” he added of the nation's illegal immigrants."

Believes in traditional marriage, but accepts the Supreme Court ruling. Has stated that Government employees should comply with gay marriage ruling.

He has proposed establishing Personal Retirement Savings Accounts. Has claimed ""You'd get over it." in response to cuts to Social Security.

"We can't balance a budget without entitlement reform."

As governor, he eliminated state tax but taxed cigarettes. Wants to cut taxes for job creators.

“It's common-sense regulations, it's tax cuts that spur economic growth and it's restrained government spending."

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