The University of Akron's Dr. John Green joins Ray to talk about the possibility that Governor Kasich may run for president. Dr. Green mentions Governor Kasich's recent public appearances. He's been throughout the country and is gaining a lot of attention.
Dr. Green says that the publicity is starting to produce stories of this possibility. He touches on some of Governor Kasich's accomplishments and qualities that would make him a great candidate. Dr. Green also tells Ray about Kasich's bipartisan relations. He tells Ray that, as a congressman, he had more opportunity than he does now as Governor because the Republicans have control of Ohio government. Ray asks Dr. Green about Kasich's confidence in front of people and cameras.
Dr. Green tells Ray that Governor Kasich had a reputation for allowing debate and being open to discuss decisions. However, a decision did need to be made and he tended to come off as abrasive and being somewhat uncomfortable in front of people. This is something that could be bad for the Governor's run for presidency. Dr. Green mentions that, as governor, Kasich has not shown any abrasiveness. Dr. Green says that Governor Kasich now needs to work on getting his name out and becoming well known.
The presidential race will come to Northeast Ohio later this month...weeks before the "Super Tuesday" primary on March 6th.
Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum is slated to headline the Summit County Republican Party's "Lincoln Day Dinner" on February 18th at Akron's Quaker Station.
That's just two days after ex-Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney performs the same honors at the Cuyahoga County party's "Lincoln Day Dinner" in Mayfield Heights.
With the nomination still "in play", it may not be the last time the area sees presidential contenders before the March 6th primary. Ohio is one of a number of states voting that so-called "Super Tuesday".