Kasich presidential run could be historic

In this June 27, 2017, file photo, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, right, is joined by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington. The bipartisan governor duo is urging Congress to retain the federal health care law’s unpopular individual mandate while seeking to stabilize individual insurance markets. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, file)

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In this June 27, 2017, file photo, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, right, is joined by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington. The bipartisan governor duo is urging Congress to retain the federal health care law’s unpopular individual mandate while seeking to stabilize individual insurance markets. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, file)

Ohio Gov. John Kasich hinted in a sort of, kind of, if they beg me way this week that he could run for president in 2020. Previously, Kasich dismissed such speculation, suggesting that he appears on a talk show every three minutes merely because he wants what’s best for the country.

“Here’s what I know: I don’t know what I’m doing at the end of my term. I know this will sound to some of you a little bit wacky, but the Lord will decide what I’m going to do. I’ll get a sense of what my responsibility is,” Kasich said Wednesday at the Associated Press Ohio meeting in Columbus. “There is no openings for that job and I don’t really sit around thinking about it. But I am around thinking about these issues. I do want to be a voice in favor of Immigration, I do want to be a voice in favor of trade, I want to be a voice in terms of getting this country back together again and stopping all the fighting.”

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But on the program CNN Newsday Tuesday, Kasich said: “If my country called me and it was practical, I would have to very seriously think about it. But, right now, I’m not out there trying to create delegates in the states or anything like that. I don’t know what the future is going to bring. I want to be a voice to help our country come together, because that is when we are strongest … It’s in the hands of the Lord.”

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If Kasich runs as a Republican, he’ll join a list that includes Ronald Reagan, Pat Buchanan, Ted Kennedy and Eugene McCarthy — candidates who challenged presidents from their own party.

But if, as some believe, he will run as an independent, that would mean he carries his challenge through all the primaries, the conventions and into November.

That’s a whole lot of talk shows.

Here are some notable independent challenges over the past several decades:

  • 1948: States' Rights Democratic Party (otherwise known as the Dixiecrats) candidate Strom Thurmond ran in the famous Dewey v. Truman race that had the Chicago Tribune erroneously declaring Dewey the winner. Thurmond wasn't a huge factor, but he did win four southern states and 39 votes in the Electoral College.
  • 1980: Independent John Anderson didn’t win a single state and wasn’t a huge factor in an election in which Republican Ronald Reagan unseated Democratic incumbent president Jimmy Carter. But Anderson did receive more than 5.7 million votes, which reflected some of the unhappiness many in the country felt toward both of the major party candidates. Anderson was a Republican but bolted from his party and had an enthusiastic following among liberal college students (sound familiar). In the end, Reagan won the popular vote by more than 8.4 million votes.

    In this July 2, 1980 file photo, Independent presidential candidate Rep. John Anderson of Illinois ponders a question from reporters during a press conference in Washington. (AP Photo/Ira Schwarz)

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  • 1992 and 1996: Ross Perot may be the most famous independent candidate of recent times, and his influence on the 1992 race probably can’t be overstated. Democrat Bill Clinton beat incumbent Republican President George H.W. Bush by about 5.8 million votes. Perot didn’t win a single state but brand of populism appealed to a wide segment of the country and he received 19.7 million votes, or nearly 19 percent of the votes cast. The 1996 election was a different story. Perot again drew support from both sides of the aisle but received just 8 million votes, less than half his total from four years earlier.

    Billionaire Ross Perot ran for president in 1992 and 1996. In 1992, the populist won 19 percent of the vote, making him one of the most successful third-party candidates. He later formed the Reform Party and ran again in 1996 but won just eight percent of the vote.

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