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Kasich Campaign Press Release - U.S. News & World Report: The Case for Kasich

April 08, 2016

Note: "Those moneyball political operatives might want to take another look before they write Kasich off. My gut says that things in this race are shifting quickly, and if I you ask me, I'd say the Ohio governor would be crazy to leave the race."

The Case for Kasich
By Mary Kate Cary

April 8, 2016

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's big win in Wisconsin was the shot in the arm that he needed, allowing him to say that Wisconsin was a "turning point – it is a rallying cry" – which I'm not sure is truly the case.

And yet what's been surprising to me this week is the mounting pressure for Ohio Gov. John Kasich to leave the race.

So let's consider the case for John Kasich. He's outlasted early favorites like Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Ben Carson and Scott Walker. As of this week, Kasich is the only Republican in the race who consistently beats Hillary Clinton in a head-to-head matchup, winning by a six-point average margin on Real Clear Politics. He's also the only Republican with higher favorables than unfavorables, by 43 to 30, a 13-point positive margin.

As a former three-term chairman of the House budget committee, Kasich knows how to broker a compromise; having him in the White House with Paul Ryan as speaker figures to work well – especially in comparison to Cruz, who has a record of obstructionism in the Senate. And as governor of Ohio since 2011, Kasich has turned a near $8 billion state budget deficit into a $2 billion surplus while cutting taxes and funding K-12 schools at an all-time high; unemployment has fallen from 9.2 percent to 4.9 percent; and Ohio has become one of the top job-creating states in the country. No wonder he was re-elected by a 30-point margin in 2014.

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