There has been speculation swirling that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is up for taking on Trump again, but, that may not be the only rematch we may see in 2020.
Outgoing Republican Gov. John Kasich, recently told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos that he was “very seriously considering it” when asked how serious he was about running against President Trump in the next election. “These are earnest conversations that go on virtually every day with some of my friends, with my family,” Kasich added, noting that he doesn’t know when he will have to make a final decision.
Like Clinton, this would not be Kasich’s first trip to the rodeo. He unsuccessfully ran for president twice before in 2000 and 2016. The popular Ohio Governor cannot run for reelection due to that state’s laws on term limits. Kasich has been one of the few Republicans willing to be an outspoken critic of the Trump administration.
Kasich did not make it clear if he intended to try to wrest the GOP nomination from Trump, or if he would take him on from the outside in a Third Party run. “All options are on the table for me,” Kasich told Stephanopoulos
“We Need Different Leadership”
In the interview that was conducted on ABC-TV’s Sunday morning show “This Week,” Kasich went on to tell Stephanopoulos, “We need different leadership. There isn’t any question about it. I’m not only just worried about the tone and the name calling and the division in our country and the partisanship, but I also worry about the policies, rising debt, inability to deal with immigration, the problems we have as America alone in the world, what I consider a rotten deal with the Saudis to look the other way. I’m worried about our country, not just in the short term. The question for me is what do I do about this?”
In one of his replies, Kasich rhetorically asked Stephanopoulos, “Let’s just say that Donald Trump is nominated and Elizabeth Warren is nominated, and you have this ocean of people who sit in the middle. Is there a legitimate opportunity for a third party, bipartisan kind of ticket to be able to – to score a victory or to have a profound impact on the future of American politics?”
He then added, “Do I run because I’ve determined that I can win? Or is it important for me to make such a good showing that I can send a message that can disrupt the political system in this country? So yeah I have to think about it. I think about it seriously.”