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Ohio Gov. John Kasich walks the streets of Manchester, NH with Mayor Ted Gatsas on Wednesday June 17

Jun 17, 2015 5:17 PM

Steinhauser: Kasich pow-wows with Sununu & Gatsas; 'optimistic' about 2016 run

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MANCHESTER – John Kasich says he’s “optimistic”

The Ohio governor and likely Republican presidential candidate returned to the first-in-the-nation primary state Wednesday, his fifth trip this year to New Hampshire.

Kasich met with former Sen. John E. Sununu outside Manchester city hall, before both men went inside to talk with Republican Mayor Ted Gatsas. Later Kasich and the mayor walked along Elm Street, with the White House hopeful shaking hands.

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Earlier, Kasich told NH1 News that “I’ve got John Sununu here in New Hampshire helping me, what can be better. We are getting some resources, so we’re optimistic.”

As he’s mentioned before, Kasich said his political team is assessing the lay of the land in the race for the GOP nomination, “basically to see if I can win.”

It’s likely that Kasich will announce a Republican presidential run next month. The former longtime congressman ran for the White House once before, during the 2000 election cycle.

Sununu will endorse Kasich if he declares his candidacy. On his last trip to New Hampshire, Kasich met with the former senator’s father, former Gov. John H. Sununu. The elder Sununu, who remains a force in New Hampshire politics, has said he’ll most likely endorse a governor or former governor for the GOP nomination.

The stop in Manchester was one of four Kasich was making Wednesday during a jam-packed itinerary in the Granite State.


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