Kasich presidential effort gets website, offers tickets

FILE - In this May 6, 2015, file photo, Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich, center, greets patrons at a bar in a restaurant in Nashua, N.H. Kasich will formally announce his plans for the 2016 presidential race on July 21. The two-term governor, who leads one of the nation’s premier swing states, is expected to formally join the crowded Republican primary field at an announcement set for Ohio State University, according to senior advisers. The advisers spoke on the condition of anonymity so as not to pre-empt the announcement. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
FILE - In this May 6, 2015, file photo, Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich, center, greets patrons at a bar in a restaurant in Nashua, N.H. Kasich will formally announce his plans for the 2016 presidential race on July 21. The two-term governor, who leads one of the nation’s premier swing states, is expected to formally join the crowded Republican primary field at an announcement set for Ohio State University, according to senior advisers. The advisers spoke on the condition of anonymity so as not to pre-empt the announcement. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich is ramping up for the launch of his 2016 presidential bid with a new website offering free tickets to the July 21 event.

Kasich, a second-term Republican and former congressman, has decided to jump into the crowded GOP field after spending the year testing his scrappy political style and pragmatic policy positions around the country. He’s considered more moderate than some other contenders, but remains largely unknown among voters.

It would be Kasich’s second White House run. He briefly sought the 2000 nomination before George W. Bush emerged as the front-runner. That bid followed Kasich’s successful effort to balance the federal budget as House budget chairman.

Doors open to the event at 9:30 a.m. It’s at Ohio State University’s student union.

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