COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) is ramping up for the launch of his 2016 presidential bid with a new website offering free tickets to the July 21 event.
Kasich, a second-term Republican and former congressman, has decided to jump into the crowded GOP field after spending the year testing his scrappy political style and pragmatic policy positions around the country. He’s considered more moderate than some other contenders, but remains largely unknown among voters.
It would be Kasich’s second White House run. He briefly sought the 2000 nomination before George W. Bush emerged as the front runner. That bid followed Kasich’s successful effort to balance the federal budget as House budget chairman.
Doors open to the event at 9:30 a.m. It’s at Ohio State University’s student union.