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John Kasich Hires Ex-Gingrich Campaign Manager for Own Team

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By    |   Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 03:35 PM

Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich's unannounced quest for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination has taken another step toward reality with the news that Robert S. Walker, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich's campaign manager during his 2012 White House run, has joined Kasich's campaign team.

Walker, who served with Kasich and Gingrich in the House, told The Washington Post, "We’ve been friends since I was vice chairman of the Budget Committee and he was chairman," Walker said. "I’ve been rallying support for him around town, passing along information and sharing what I’m hearing with his people in Columbus."

While Kasich says he hasn't decided whether to make his second try for the top office, Walker told the Post, "He’s somebody who really doesn’t have to get in it early.

"The minute he enters, he becomes a factor. He's from one of the most important states and has appeal across the party. He's ready to make the case."

Kasich has been on the road to at least a dozen states, pushing for a balanced budget amendment and building connections with Republican supporters, Cleveland.com reported.

Fox News notes that Kasich has been in New Hampshire three times this year and promised the New Hampshire GOP Leadership Summit last weekend, "I'll be back."

He's exhibiting all the signs of a candidate, starting New Day for America, a group which will handle travel costs for the Kasich operation, and popping up on television.

On NBC's "Meet The Press" on Sunday, Kasich said he has not yet made up his mind whether to run for president, but added, "All my options are on the table here and I'm more and more serious or I wouldn't be doing these things."

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Real Clear Politics' roundup of polls shows Kasich starting from way back in the pack, in 11th place with just 1.5 percent as compared to the pack leader, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, with 16 percent.

However, Kasich seemed undeterred Sunday on "Meet The Press."

"The reason why I feel I should be in there is that I have foreign policy [and] national security experience, I was chairman of the budget committee, we actually balanced the budget, got results and the economy got better.

"I have more experience than anybody in the field. That's really what I have that stands out. I don't just talk about what I want to do; I can tell people what I've done."

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Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich's unannounced quest for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination has taken another step toward reality with the news that Robert S. Walker, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich's campaign manager, has joined Kasich's campaign team.
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