Looking at if he is about to toss his hat into the already-crowded ring for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, Ohio Gov. John Kasich took a shot at the existing field, saying , “Amateur hour is over.”
Unlike many candidates, Kasich has not found it necessary to pander to the party’s extreme right wing base, going so far as to approve Obamacare’s expansion of Medicaid to low-income adults in his industrial state.
While candidates including former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, stumbled and pleaded ignorance about the motives of Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof, Kasich was more direct saying, “You read what they said about the guy. It sure appears that way,” when asked if he thought the murders were racially motivated.
I would not call Governor Kasich an old school or moderate Republican, but he is about as close as anyone else I can think of.