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Why John Kasich could be Trump’s VP Pick

Updated on March 24, 2016

There has been speculation for quite some time as to who Donald Trump would like to have as his running mate should he be the Republican nominee. In the beginning of the 2016 election, it seemed that Texas senator Ted Cruz and the real estate mogul would use their outsider status to form a ticket. However, with more and more tension rising between the two candidates, especially from the most recent advertisement in Utah which included a nude picture of Melania Trump, it appears the potential Trump/Cruz team is now out of the picture. The New York businessman stated in an interview at Regent University for CBN (Christian Broadcasting Network) that he wants a political insider to be his Vice President so he can get lots of legislation passed. Here’s a look at why Ohio governor John Kasich could potentially fit that position.


1. Kasich’s phenomenal resume

The governor has accomplished quite a bit in his political career having served nine terms as a member of the United State House of Representatives, representing Ohio’s 12th congressional district from 1983 to 2001. His tenure in the House included 18 years on the House Armed Services Committee and six years as chairman of the House Budget Committee. He was also a key figure in the passage of both welfare reform and the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. On the campaign trail and in debates, Kasich has stated repeatedly how his balanced budget created jobs and economic recovery in Ohio. He is certainly qualified.

2. Has never attacked Trump

While the rest of the GOP field has at one time or another taken jabs at the Republican front-runner, Kasich has never directly said anything negative about Donald Trump. There were only a few instances during debates and interviews in which Kasich said everyone should stop fighting and unite. Shortly after other candidates attempted to fight back against the front-runner, their poll numbers disintegrated and soon suspended their campaigns. Maybe Trump made a deal with Kasich in the early days of the campaign by promising him a VP slot if the Ohio governor never attacked him.

3. The establishment doesn’t like him

After his victory in the Ohio primary on March 15th, Kasich stated that he would remain on the campaign trail until the convention. Although his win stole 66 delegates away from Donald Trump, he has no viable path to the nomination. With that in mind, the anti-Trump movement is furious at John Kasich for not allowing Ted Cruz to have a head-to-head matchup in any future primaries. The Republican establishment, which did not initially back Cruz to be the nominee, simply does not understand why Kasich is still in the race. It is possible that Trump talked with Kasich to prevent the anti-Trump forces from winning.

4. Sound bites

There are a few sound bites from Kasich that could indicate Trump has made a deal with him for the VP slot. At a town hall-style meeting Kasich hosted in Kennesaw, Georgia, a man asked him “When are you going to live out your purpose?” to which Kasich responded “I don’t know if my purpose is to be president. Some might say it’s to be elected president. Maybe it’s a different goal.” Maybe his purpose is to be Vice President instead?

At the first Republican debate, Donald Trump bragged that he could buy politicians — even the ones sharing the stage with him. He was then interrupted by Florida senator Marco Rubio and Ohio governor John Kasich who said they were never given money from Trump. “I hope you will give to me,” said Kasich. Trump replied “Sounds good. Sounds good to me, governor.” Maybe Trump finally gave the governor money to stay in the race until the very end. Sure this analysis sounds ridiculous, but it’s fun to think about.

5. Shifting the electoral map

A Trump/Kasich ticket would most definitely give the Republican Party a better chance of winning in the general election. The governor’s swing state of Ohio, along with other Rust Belt states such as Michigan, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Indiana can certainly come into play with these two working together. Trump’s ability to get votes from Democrats and Independents in the primaries would certainly aid him in the general election. Having the governor of Ohio as part of your ticket should essentially hand the state to the Republicans. In addition to the Rust Belt states, the businessman has also stated that he could bring his home state of New York into play.

6. Kasich would help soften Trump’s image

With Trump known as the unpredictable, aggressive and boisterous type, Kasich has often been soft-spoken and a gentleman on the campaign trail. He is very likeable and is not afraid to be sentimental with his voters. At one town hall, a man who talked about a number of personal hardships was given a hug from the governor. While Trump and Kasich’s styles are practically polar opposite, their ultimate goal is to defeat Hillary Clinton in the general election. A candidate such as John Kasich, who is known for acting as the adult during this election, could possibly help soften Trump’s image.

Donald Trump constantly touts himself as a great dealmaker. Perhaps he has made the best deal of this election by making an offer to John Kasich he can’t refuse.

If Donald Trump becomes the nominee, who do you think he will choose as his Vice President?

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    • RJ Schwartz profile image

      Ralph Schwartz 21 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

      More and more it's looking like this will be the ticket

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      Column Magazine 22 months ago

      Thank you very much for your input RJ!

    • RJ Schwartz profile image

      Ralph Schwartz 22 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

      You make a very good argument for the alliance of the two candidates. It would certainly appease the GOP establishment and could mend the fence enough for them to play ball in the general election. Nice piece.