Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich is working out the kinks — including whether there's enough money to go the distance — but is fast moving toward announcing a bid for the White House, The Washington Post reports.
There are "a couple more internal things we have to figure out. If we hit some internal goals, which we’re on pace to do, he’s going to run," an unidentified adviser to the two-term governor and former House member told the Post. "The only thing that would stop him is if for some reason the money dries up. But I think it’s going to be fine."
The Kasich organization will wait until the end of June for a final financial assessment, and make the announcement sometime after that, the Post reports.
The news is not entirely unexpected: The outspoken Kasich
declared over the Memorial Day weekend there's no way he'd consider a second-spot on anyone's ticket. "I don't play for second," he declared.
Kasich briefly ran for the GOP nomination in 2000, but dropped out, declaring he wasn't "scared out, I got destroyed out. I had no money and no oxygen," the Post notes.
But Robert Walker, who served in the House with Kasich, told the Post that Kasich has learned a lot since then.
"[Y]ou have to check off a lot of boxes to do this, and he’s methodically checking off those boxes," Walker told the Post. "But he has been very, very pleased with the reception he’s gotten.”
There's been a scramble to assemble a team — former New Hampshire Sen. John Sununu has signed on as a director of the New Day committee formed to explore a candidacy — and a platform, which the Post reports, will tout the governor's record of fiscal conservatism, including his stint as House Budget Committee chairman, and his national security experience as a former member of the House Armed Services Committee.
He'll also point to his faith-based focus on programs and policies to help those most in need.
"I’m not worried about standing out," Kasich told the Post. "What I have over the rest of the field is experience that no one else has — national security, legislative and now I’m the executive."
He'll need that confidence: he's joining a field of declared and expected-to-declare candidates that could hit 16, yet he hasn't registered in the top 10 of any national polling, the Post reports.
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