Steinhauser: Busy day for John Kasich in NH
CONCORD - In the race for the White House, John Kasich has New Hampshire to himself on Tuesday, which is probably a good thing.
While just about every other potential Republican presidential candidate has visited the Granite State at least once so far this year, this is the first trip to New Hampshire in over a decade for the two-term Republican governor of Ohio, who's not very well known in the first-in-the-nation primary state.
Kasich, who also served 18 years in the U.S. House, is flirting with a second bid for the White House. He briefly ran in the 2000 cycle, ending his bid in the summer of 1999 due to poor fundraising.
The former Fox News Channel host and commentator kicks off his swing by headlining the latest edition of Politics and Eggs, a speaking series organized by the New England Council and the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College that's a must do for anyone serious about running for the White House. Next Kasich will head to Nashua Community College to speak at a business roundtable being put on by the college and the Nashua Chamber of Commerce.
Later the Ohio governor will speak at Politics and Pies, a new speaking series hosted by the Merrimack County/City of Concord GOP. He'll also hold private meetings with two top state Republican lawmakers, Senate President Chuck Morse and House Speaker Shawn Jasper. He'll also sit down for interviews with New Hampshire media, including a one-on-one interview with NH1 News. And a source close to the governor tells NH1 that Kasich will also say hello to Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan.
Kasich met wtih Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas upon arriving in the Granite State Monday evening.
"Gov. Kasich is looking forward to coming back to New Hampshire, looking forward to sharing some of his views and to learn about the concerns of the people in New Hampshire," Bruce Berke, a leading Kasich supporter in the Granite State, told NH1.
"This certainly presents the governor an opportunity to have an appreciation for our first-in-the-nation primary. At the same time this gives the people of New Hampshire an opportunity to get to know John and begin to size him up as a potential candidate for president," Berke added.
His trip to New Hampshire is being paid by the Ohio Republican Party.
Kasich's been traveling the country since last autumn, as part of his effort to persuade states to call for a constitutional amendment requiring the federal government to balance its budget. But New Hampshire is one of 26 states that have already signed onto that effort.
Kasich's more moderate stands on illegal immigration, Common Core, and Medicaid Expansion didn't do him any favors last month as he visited conservative South Carolina, the state that holds the first southern primary. Whether his stance on those issues also handicaps him in New Hampshire is still to be seen.