Last Tuesday evening, Gov. John Kasich and Sen. Bernie Sanders
participated in a spirited discussion about how Republicans and
Democrats can find common ground on some of America's greatest
Unity, last Tuesday evening,
Gov. John Kasich and Sen. Bernie Sanders participated in a
spirited discussion about how Republicans and Democrats can find
common ground on some of America's greatest challenges. Watch the
CNN Town Hall Discussion (here).
Also, in case you missed it, you
can read Gov. Kasich's latest op-ed:
• CNN: The Time for
Bipartisanship is Now
Last week, Gov. Kasich
participated in a forum with Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove
to discuss the future of healthcare and the promising innovations
that will help America address drug addiction, Alzheimer's and
autism. You can watch the event (here).
While on the road for his recent
book tour, Gov. Kasich spent some time talking with Yahoo's Matt
Bai, reflecting on his presidential campaign and his drive to
help heal America's divisions. Below is an excerpt:
"A politician couldn't look for
validation in crowds, Kasich told me, sounding a little like a
therapist. You had to do what seemed right and feel good about
"I'm so happy with myself!" he
burst out then. "I'm so happy with this book! I'm so happy with
this tour. I'm so happy with how my family is being treated, the
way my friends look at me and talk to me. It's great! And there's
not a single thing I would change!
"I'm a happy guy," he said, "and
not looking forward to another political campaign, no matter how
hard that is for people to believe."
The thing is, to my own surprise,
I did believe him. And that's actually the best prism through
which to understand what Kasich is doing.
Those of us who follow politics
for a long time tend to see everything as tactical, the
transparent means to some carefully calculated end. When a
politician who's out there writing books and giving speeches says
"I don't know" to another campaign, what we hear is: "I'm not at
the announcement phase of the PowerPoint yet."
But there are times, you come to
learn, when a politician is motivated more by self-image than
self-interest. There are moments - John McCain in 2000 comes to
mind - when a candidate falls almost by accident into a public
role that seems, at least for a while, to have awakened in him
some sense of a larger purpose…"
"What happened was that Kasich's
public persona finally came into line with the way he always
hoped people would see him - as a kind of self-helpy,
statesmanlike figure, less concerned with partisan pressure than
with the judgment of some higher power. If you disagree with him
now, he's as likely to bear-hug you as to jab a finger in your
So when Kasich says he isn't
plotting to unseat an old rival whose approval rating has fallen
to 36 percent, when he says he has nothing more to prove and no
idea what's next, I tend to take him at his word.
And if I were Trump, and if I
hoped to commandeer the party for another term after this one,
maybe that's exactly why I'd start to worry.
In politics, nothing's quite so
dangerous as a guy who considers himself the instrument of a
larger plan, even if he doesn't yet have one of his own."
Read the full story (here).
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