Ohio Gov. John Kasich said he is “very seriously” considering a Presidential run in 2020 and challenging President Trump in a Republican primary. He was asked on ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos”.
His final term as governor expires in a few weeks and he went on to say that he is have conversations with friends and family that go on “virtually every day”.
Outgoing Ohio Gov. John Kasich on considering a 2020 run against President Trump: “I’m not only just worried about the tone and the name-calling and the division in our country and the partisanship, but I also worry about the policies” https://t.co/GlcWTIu29g #ThisWeek pic.twitter.com/emt3Qv0ITv— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) November 25, 2018
“We need different leadership, there isn’t a question about it,” Kasich said. “I’m not only just worried about the tone and the name-calling and the division in our country and the partisanship, but I also worry about the policies.”
He cited several policies he was displeased with, including immigration and the rising of the national debt. He also said it was possible that he would try an independent run at the office.
If Kasich were to challenge Trump in the primaries, it would be the first time in nearly 30 years that a sitting U.S. President would be challenged within his own party.
The last to do so was Pat Buchannan in 1992 against George H. W. Bush.
The only time in U.S. history that a president was denied his party’s nomination before their re-election was in 1852 when Franklin Pierce was denied in the Democratic primaries by James Buchanan.
Kasich would have a steep hill to climb against President Trump, who is incredibly popular with GOP voters. In the latest Gallup poll, Trump has a 90 percent approval rating in the Republican party.
“I’m worried about our country in the long term. So, the question for me is, ‘What do I do about this?'” Kasich said.
Kasich was a presidential candidate in 1999 and 2016.
In 2016, the Ohio Gov. received the third most votes in the Republican primaries, behind only Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.