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Host of weekly news show, "Heartland with John Kasich"

His leadership in Washington and his ability to communicate powerfully and effectively have given John a broad platform to shape public opinion as a commentator, appearing on virtually every major network and cable news show. He has also hosted a national weekly news show called "Heartland with John Kasich," which allowed him to provide a uniquely Midwestern perspective to news from around the nation and world.
Source: 2010 House campaign website,, "Biography" Nov 2, 2010

2004: If Kerry OR Bush wins, America will be fine

The 2004 presidential election was a polarizing time. Leaders of each party whipped Americans into such a hyperventilated frenzy that otherwise intelligent Republicans started to believe that if Kerry won,America would cease to exist, while Democrats fel sure that if Bush retained the White House we were all doomed.

At one point a presumably well-informed woman asked me what would happen If John Kerry won. They very thought was anathema to this concerned woman. So I looked at her and calmly said, "The country will be fine."

"What do you mean?" she shot back, aghast.

"Well," I said, "the Republicans would still control the House and the Senate. The bench would slowly become more liberal."

The woman looked at me like I had just given her permissio to breathe a long sigh. "You mean it won't be the end of America as we know it?" she said.

"No, ma'am," I assured her. "America will survive."

Then she thanked me profusely, and I realized she might have been over the top but she wasn't alone.

Source: Stand For Something, by John Kasich, p. 73-74 May 10, 2006

2000: Ran for president until money ran out

I threw my hat in the ring as a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2000. Recall, it had been one of my childhood dreams to become President, and here I caught myself thinking that even if my reach happened to exceed my grasp, I would do well to reach just the same. I kept at it for as long as my money held out, and one of the main reasons I held on was because I believed deeply I what I was talking about. When I announced that I was folding the tent on my presidential campaign, I also announced that I was retiring from Congress. Why? Because I had started to think there weren't enough hours left in my days for me to accomplish everything I wanted to accomplish in elected office, and that I could perhaps do some of those things more effectively in the private sector. I could stand on outside looking in, and work to bring about change from a new perspective.

Politicians have to ask themselves how they want to be remembered. What do we want that snapshot to be?

Source: Stand For Something, by John Kasich, p. 97-98 May 10, 2006

Tax cuts and national renewal

Kasich’s tax cut plan is woven into a message about national renewal. “It’s not just about putting more money into people’s pockets,” he argues. “People are hungry to believe again in this country and in themselves. They want to be inspired.” Kasich can be inspirational-he has a long history as a maverick fighting corporate welfare and Pentagon excess. And he’s the only contender who can claim to have been thrown off the stage at a Grateful Dead concert-while he was a Congressman.
Source: Time Magazine, p. 39 Mar 8, 1999

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