John Kasich Candidate Profile [Opinion]
As the 16th candidate to enter an already crowded group seeking the Republican nomination, John Kasich had his work cut out for him. When he announced his run for the Presidency in July, he polled lower than any of the current candidates. However, as most of the lower-tier candidates began to bow out (Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, and Rand Paul) he has continued campaigning. After a lackluster performance in the Iowa caucuses, Governor John Kasich of Ohio surged to second place in the New Hampshire primary, a decisive win over big names like Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, the winner in Iowa. Here are a few reasons that Governor Kasich is the candidate who deserves your vote.
First, if you are a Republican who would like to see thoughtful conservative principles implemented from the Oval Office, John Kasich is your best bet. A recent national poll shows that Governor Kasich performs best against likely Democratic-nominee Hillary Clinton. While frontrunners Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are exciting the conservative base, they perform poorly against Clinton in the general election in November. Kasich, however, has an astounding lead over Clinton - more than 49% of voters prefer him to the former Secretary of State, who receives only 39% of the vote, according to RealClearPolitics polling. No other candidate has that large of a margin over Clinton. Furthermore, a vote for Ted Cruz or Donald Trump in the primaries is essentially a vote for Hillary Clinton.
In addition to being the most electable in the general election, Kasich also has a proven record as a congressman and later as governor of Ohio. With the federal government currently in a $17,000,000,000,000 hole, yes that's trillion, the size of our total GDP, those of us who are just entering the workforce must consider the problems involved with racking up debt. As Governor of Ohio, Kasich took the state out of debt and into a two billion dollar surplus, a feat that is difficult to find in state government today. This doesn't just mean that Kasich is good at balancing a budget - it's also a reflection of the economic growth that his policies had in the state.
Furthermore, Kasich stands out from other Republican candidates and appeals to college students because of a quality that he shares with Bernie Sanders - a perceived honesty and genuine care about the American people, both the well-to-do and the marginalized. When Donald Trump made outrageous remarks about deporting entire families back to Latin America, Kasich stood up for immigrant children and families and argued that this type of radicalism is not in line with American values. As governor of Ohio, he expanded Medicaid, the healthcare program for low-income families, allowing the financially burdened the ability to receive essential medical attention. Additionally, when asked in the first Republican Debate about his ideas about same-sex marriage, he said that he aligns with traditional marriage but that the Supreme Court has ruled and ruled decisively. He then told the audience that "because somebody doesn't think the way I do doesn't mean I can't care about them or love them"- a heart-felt response that stood out from the other candidates. Although the extreme right wing may attack Kasich for some of these stances, they reveal Kasich as a moderate, an important quality for the next President of our extremely divided nation.
Overall, Governor John Kasich is the most electable Republican candidate and is best suited to be the President of the United States. He will continue his record of thoughtful, caring, and moderate governing in light of serious political and economic strife. I like to think of college students as reasonable people, and in light of Clinton's trust issues and Sanders' destructive economic policies, I ask you to consider Governor Kasich.