COLUMBUS, OH (WOIO) - Ohioans, Republicans and Gov. John Kasich supporters rallied behind him Tuesday. The Ohio governor became the 16th GOP candidate to announce his run for presidency.
"I am here to ask for your prayers and your support because I have decided to run for president of the United States," Gov. Kasich announced to a cheering crowd of nearly 4,500.
Kasich has said much like he did with the state of Ohio, as president, he would continue to tackle the economy, unemployment, skyrocketing medicine costs, among other areas.
"Creating jobs is our highest moral purpose and we will get it done. When I am president I promise you we will balance the books [budget]," added Kasich. "I know what needs to be done. I have been there at all levels."
The announcement was made around 11:35 a.m. at his alma mater, The Ohio State University, in the Student Union.
"I'm going to take what I've learned here in the Heartland and we are going to straighten out Washington, D.C."
In closing, he sounded a theme borrowed from his former boss, Ronald Reagan, and the thousand points of light.
"The light of a city on a hill cannot be hidden. America is that city and you are that light. God bless you and God bless America."
Kasich, 63, has been governor of Ohio since November 2010. He won reelection in November of 2014. He has written three books and is a married father of two. His wife's name is Karen and they have twin daughters, Emma and Reese.
Gov. Kasich revealed his new logo on Twitter Monday, a day before his expected presidential bid announcement.
His first and last presidential bid came in 1999. Low funds and lack of support caused him to eventually dropped out of the race.
This was by no means a coronation of John Kasich. He arrived at the College Union to a smattering of protestors chanting "John Kasich doesn't care," and "We remember Senate Bill 5."
They were college age to middle aged, voicing displeasure with Kasich, but there was no way the governor allowed it to distract him from his messages. One point was clearly aimed at young people.
"Many of these young people ringing up massive amounts of debt trying to get an education and they're living in the attic, and mom and dad are wondering, 'Will they get a job? Will they pay their bills?'"
Kasich was quick in stepping away from his Senate Bill 5 push after voters rejected it, saying the voters had spoken. It is typical of his plain spoken, often direct approach we are likely to see more of during his run for president.