DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – According to a political expert at Cedarville University, Kasich has some power that could help Trump if the Ohio Governor runs as his vice president.
Wednesday afternoon, Gov. John Kasich called it quits in his run for the White House.
“As I suspend my campaign today, I have renewed faith that the Lord will show me the way forward and fulfill the purpose of my life,” Kasich announced at the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus.
Maybe his purpose is to run with the only GOP presidential candidate left standing. Donald Trump.
The now, presumptive Republican nominee sat down with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer where he was asked if Kasich is now on his list of running mates.
“I would be interested in vetting John. I like John. I’ve had a good relationship with John. I’ve gotten along with him well. Whether he is vice president or not I think he would be very, very helpful with Ohio,” Trump said.
A state every republican president has won. In March, Trump came in second in Ohio’s primary election, behind Kasich.
According to Cedarville University political science professor, Dr. Mark Caleb Smith, Kasich wouldn’t be a bad choice for the other half of Trump’s ticket.
“He makes perfect sense. He’s a little bit more moderate than Mr. Trump. He has experience, he’s a Governor, he’s been a member of congress and I think he would appeal to voters that Trump really can’t appeal to. So to me, it’s sort of a natural fit between the two,” Smith said.
Kasich is also getting approval for the vice presidency from Ohio congressman Mike Turner, and if not V.P., Turner said he wouldn’t be surprised if the governor took to the campaign trail again.
“I think he served himself well and I’m certain we’ll see him in either the next administration or even another campaign as he takes his national stature forward,” said Representative Turner.
Trump has yet to select his running mate and cabinet members.
Kasich has mentioned before that he is not interested in being vice president.