There’s no telling who might step up to challenge President Donald Trump in the run up to the 2020 election. He’ll have his fair share of competitors but to call them competition would probably be inaccurate.
Failed candidate John Kasich, who has mostly hid in the shadows since the election, just emerged with a threat that will certainly catch many off guard…
Fox News reports:
John Kasich says he doesn’t know whether he’ll run for the White House again in 2020.
But the two-term Ohio governor and 2016 Republican presidential candidate said he realized his Tuesday trip to New Hampshire – which holds the first presidential primary – would spark more speculation that he’s considering a primary challenge against President Donald Trump.
And appears Kasich’s fine with that.
“It’s great to come back because it gets everybody atwitter, literally. I honestly don’t know what I’m doing. But all my options are on the table. But I don’t know,” he said in an interview with Fox News in Manchester, N.H.
2020 WATCH: In an interview with @wkxlnhchris & yours truly for ON BACKGROUND, Ohio Gov. @JohnKasich admits his trip to NH is sparking speculation he may primary challenge @realDonaldTrump in 2020 #nhpolitics #FITN #2020election pic.twitter.com/PfvnBasFgQ
— Paul Steinhauser (@steinhauserNH1) April 3, 2018
Kasich said any decision on mounting another White House bid would come at least nine months from now, after he finishes his second term as Ohio governor.
“What I know is that I want these next nine months to be a wonderful time in Ohio,” Kasich said.
While he repeatedly said he had “no clue” whether he’d run for president again, he added that “I would like to keep my voice out there.”
Kasich returned New Hampshire for the first time in a year to deliver a speech at New England College, as part of the school’s President’s Speaker Series.
Earlier he met with Granite State advisers and supporters from his 2016 presidential campaign. He also did a round of media interviews and in the morning met quietly with New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu. Kasich endorsed Sununu during the state’s 2016 GOP gubernatorial primary.
Once a longshot for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, Kasich concentrated his efforts on New Hampshire and came in second to Donald Trump in the Feb. 2016 GOP primary. He kept his campaign alive deep into the primary calendar and unlike Trump’s other rivals for the nomination, Kasich never endorsed Trump for president. And he’s remained a critic of the President.