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Kasich for President? Ohio Governor Getting Nat'l Exposure
COLUMBUS (Ken Hines/Chris Vanocur) -- Governor John Kasich been popping up on TV and in newspapers around the country lately, which is leading some Ohioans to wonder if he is considering a run for the White House.
Among the Republican governor's latest high profile appearances was a spot on the front page of the New York Times. That story focused largely on Kasich's desire for Medicaid expansion in Ohio.
The exposure has piqued the interest of many in the Buckeye State.
"I think it does fit into a larger narrative. He does seem to be attempting to position himself on a national stage," said Robert Alt, President of Buckeye Institute.
Kasich has made a run for the nation's top job in the past, briefly campaigning for the office in 2000.
If the governor is thinking about taking another shot at the presidency in 2016, though, a favorable write-up in the New York Times -- the recent article compared him to Democrat Lyndon Johnson -- might not do him any favors with conservative voters, according to Alt.
The New York Times is generally not terribly friendly to Republicans, so it might actually raise the issue of being damned with faint praise," he said.
If Kasich decides to set his sights slightly lower, he might well receive interest as a possible Vice Presidential candidate, due to his history as a respected congressman and his status as governor of a crucial swing state.
No Republican candidate has won the presidency without also winning Ohio's electoral votes.