As speculation continues on whether Gov. John Kasich will run for president again in 2020, he’ll be speaking at a college in the very important presidential state of New Hampshire on Tuesday. He also headlined a forum at Ohio State on Monday that featured someone else considering a White House run.
Kasich has been a vocal opponent of President Trump in many appearances on national cable news shows.
One of the co-founders of the news website Axios asked Kasich about the Republican Party, which the governor said should be considering “issues that matter” – his list including curing poverty, making sure people have health care and thinking immigration strengthens the country.
But Kasich saved some criticism for Democrats.
“Everybody wants me to talk about how bad the Republican Party is," Kasich said. "The Democratic Party is so pathetic I can’t even figure out what they’re for."
Tech billionaire and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban also spoke at the forum. Last year, Cuban said he might run for president as a Republican. But at this forum he said he may run as an independent if Republicans do well in the midterm elections.
Kasich said a lot of the same things he’s said on national cable news shows, such as blasting politicians for not pushing ideas that might be risky.
Kasich on Trump presidency: “I continue to be disappointed."
— Axios (@axios) April 2, 2018
“I'm sick of politicians," Kasich said. "I mean, they’re so interested in playing an easy game as opposed to being out there and taking whatever heat they can, because what the heck are you doing in politics if you don’t want to get out there and lead? It makes no sense to me.”
Kasich referenced gun legislation several times; after a public change of heart in February, he suggested six gun law changes for Ohio. But bills on those ideas proposed by Democrats haven’t moved in the Ohio Statehouse, which is dominated by Republicans.
Kasich has said he wants to give lawmakers a chance to do their job.