Ohio Gov. John Kasich is rounding out the Republican presidential field Tuesday as he is formally announcing his White House bid.
He enters a crowded field of 15 other big-name contenders. But for now, the only thing the two-term governor needs to worry about is making it onstage for the first Republican debate in just a few weeks.
“I am here to ask you for your prayers, for your support .. because I have decided to run for president of the United States,” Kasich told his kickoff rally at the Ohio State University.
Who is John Kasich?
Though he waited until Tuesday to announce, the Kasich campaign has effectively been up and running for months. His affiliated campaign group, New Day for America, began airing its second television ad in New Hampshire this week. He blasted his way on-air late in June with the first major buy of the cycle, spending $1.7 million to introduce himself to New Hampshire voters.
Now, as he formalizes his bid, Kasich will be looking to ride the post-announcement bump into the top 10 candidates — the group that will be able to participate in the first GOP debate next month sponsored by Fox Next.
The 63-year-old Republican has a resume tailor-made for presidential politics: elected twice statewide in battleground Ohio, worked in the private sector and served nearly two decades in Congress, which included a six-year run as chairman of the House Budget Committee.