Ohio Gov. Kasich officially announces bid for White House

(Photo credit: WDTN/Natalie Tendall)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP/WDTN) – Ohio Gov. John Kasich is the latest entry into the 2016 Republican presidential race.

The outspoken swing-state governor declared his candidacy Tuesday at Ohio State University. He told a crowd of 2,000: “The sun is going to rise to the zenith in America again.”

He’s the 16th notable Republican to join the bustling contest for the nomination.

Kasich says that despite all the competitors, he’s the only one with experience in three broad areas of political leadership — the federal budget, national security and state government.

He served previously in the House, where he became an architect of a balanced budget deal in 1997. He’s is 63 years old.

Kasich embraces conservative ideals but bucks his party on occasion and disdains the Republican sport of bashing Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton.

He now heads to New Hampshire, home of the first presidential primary, for a town hall meeting in Nashua

Beairshelle Edmé and Natalie Tendall will have team coverage on the Kasich announcement and what that means for Ohio starting at 5.

Click here to read more on Gov. John Kasich’s history.

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