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

Jun 28, 2015 11:07 PM

Steinhauser: Kasich to announce for president July 21 in Ohio and then travel to NH

NH1 Political Director - NH1.com

CONCORD – Ohio Gov. John Kasich will announce for president on July 21, and will then head straight to the first-in-the-nation primary state, NH1 News has confirmed.

Kasich, who was overwhelming re-elected last November as Buckeye State governor, will launch his Republican presidential nomination bid at his alma mater, The Ohio State University. The www.johnkasich.com website touts a special announcement in Columbus, Ohio on July 21.

Kasich is expected to become the sixteenth major GOP candidate to run for the White House. Thirteen candidates are already in the race. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s expected to announce Tuesday (and immediately come to New Hampshire for four days of campaigning), and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s expected to jump in during the week of July 13th.

In a sign of just how important the Granite State is to Kasich’s hopes of the nomination, New Hampshire’s his first stop right after announcing. Sources close to the governor Sunday night confirmed that he’ll spend two days in the state campaigning. Kasich’s made five trips to New Hampshire since March, and NH1 News was first to report that he’s coming back again on July 13 for a Strafford County GOP town hall in Barrington.

Kasich has the backing of former Sen. John E. Sununu. The former senator joined Kasich a week and a half ago at city hall in Manchester for a meeting with Mayor Ted Gatsas.

Asked in a one-on-one interview with NH1 News earlier this month how he could stand out, the two-term governor and former longtime congressman (who served as a House Budget Committee chairman) said “I think it's the resume and the record. I mean I have a resume that's unique among anybody who's thinking about running with both national security and Washington experience and success and also being governor of a big state, being an executive. it's basically results."

The first GOP presidential debate is just six weeks away. The showdown is being held in Cleveland, site of next year’s Republican convention. Fox News is limiting the debate to ten candidates and is using national polling as its criteria. As of now, Kasich wouldn’t make the debate stage at a debate being held in his own home state.

Asked about that prospect, Kasich told NH1 News “that’s a process thing and we leave it to our people. I don’t even think about it. We just got to do our thing.”

This will be Kasich's second bid for the White House. He briefly ran in the 2000 election cycle, but was overshadowed by then Texas Gov. George W. Bush.

Kasich’s July 21 announcement was first reported Sunday evening by Politico.

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