John Kasich may be laying the groundwork for a 2020 presidential run, scheduling a major speech less than 48 hours after Election Day about the state of the Republican Party, the Cincinnati Inquirer reports this evening.
Two sources who told the Inquirer of Kasich’s scheduled appearance at the American Enterprise Institute said the Ohio governor would not formally launch his 2020 campaign this week. Because of Ohio’s two-term limit, Kasich will not be able to run for governor again in 2018.
A stalwart Never-Trumper, Kasich has already mentioned that he will “definitely have a say” about the future of the Republican Party. If Trump loses, he told the Columbus Dispatch, Republicans must repudiate his stance on immigration, free trade, and other issues.
Kasich trailed throughout the primaries in 2016, winning only his home state of Ohio. After Trump secured his spot atop the Republican ticket, Kasich refused to attend the convention in Cleveland.
Today, Kasich wrote in John McCain, though his write-in preference won’t be counted under Ohio law.
On this election eve, remember it's 'We the People' that make America a shining light of hope and freedom. pic.twitter.com/vJcBUt8IXk
— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) November 8, 2016