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August 27, 2015

Washington Examiner: Ohio GOP Gov. Kasich Rising?

To three older but well-regarded GOP Hill pols, at least, John Kasich is an attractive candidate for president. He's smart, energetic, proven and the governor of a key state for Rs. Has both federal and state chops and very low "jerkness" scores. See "Kasich earning high praise from current and former senators" in yesterday's Washington Examiner, a right-leaning but sane newcomer in Washington, D.C. political journalism. Excerpts:

If elderly current and former senators could pick the Grand Old Party's next presidential nominee, Ohio Gov. John Kasich might have already walked away victorious. For the second time in as many days, the governor has gained the endorsement of a prominent septuagenarian, another Republican politician turned lobbyist.

Former New York Sen. Alfonse D'Amato, 78, endorsed Kasich on Wednesday, following the endorsement his Republican colleague, former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott of Mississippi, 73, made on Tuesday. In a statement released by Kasich's presidential campaign, D'Amato indicated his support hinged on the idea that Kasich remains best capable of winning back the White House.

Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, 80, has not bet the house on Kasich just yet, but he came considerably close on Wednesday. "I'm not going to pick one, but the sleeper in the race in my opinion is John Kasich," Inhofe told Fox 25 in Oklahoma City. "While we have several candidates who are governors, and I like them all, but in terms of what he has done in Ohio, I think, has surpassed them all."

The Buckeye State's governor has performed exceedingly well in recent polling. Kasich's job approval rating matched an "all-time high" in a Quinnipiac University poll released on Tuesday. And a survey released by Public Policy Polling, a left-leaning firm, showed Kasich was the only candidate to defeat the Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton of the 15 Republican candidates tested against her in New Hampshire. Kasich remains tied for seventh place with Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in RealClearPolitics average of national polls.

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Posted by JD Hull at August 27, 2015 09:27 PM

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