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Axios: Kasich, Hickenlooper Aim at Joint Independent Presidential Bid

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By    |   Friday, 25 August 2017 10:29 AM

John Kasich, the Republican governor of Ohio, and John Hickenlooper, the Democratic governor of Colorado, have joined together for a potential independent run at the presidency in 2020, according to Axios.

Kasich, who ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, would likely be the presidential nominee among the pair. However, Kasich also is keeping the option open of running for the Republican nomination again.

The team has been appearing together to discuss states driving reforms to healthcare. They also plan to focus on immigration and job creation, according to Axios.

They plan to present an optimistic message about jobs, but also they plan to admit that some jobs will not return, regarding job displacement due to automation.

In early September, the team will hold a conference on healthcare that includes input from the right-leaning American Enterprise Institute and the left-leaning Center for American Progress, Axios reported. 

The pair is talking to media companies about a podcast or a cable show.

Some Democrats have criticized Hickenlooper for working with Kasich. "No Dem wants Kasich anywhere near our ticket. Sounds like a No Labels fantasy, but moderate Dems would hate it," a strategist told Axios.

However, a veteran Democratic operative told Axios that a team-up between parties is necessary because "our political system is completely broken."

"Something big and historic needs to happen to break the logjam," the operative said.

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