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John Kasich for vice president?
Power Line ^ | July 31, 2008

Posted on 08/02/2008 4:10:21 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued

Readers may recall that I'm a bit down on the prospect of John McCain finding a running mate who will do him more good than harm. However, one person who might fit this description is John Kasich. He was a popular nine-term Congressman from Ohio, a state Republicans desperately need to carry. And he's originally from western Pennsylvania, another key area.

Kasich seems to possess a blue collar appeal that his party desperately needs. To be sure, he was never a Senator or a Governor, but he held a leadership position in the House, serving as Chairman of the Budget Committee. He was also a key figure in passing welfare reform. Thus, Kasich would seem to possess credibility when it comes to economic issues.

Kasich has his own show, "Heartland," on Fox News. He's good on television and his performances reinforce my belief that, more than anyone else being mentioned on the Republican side, he projects an authenticity that will appeal to what we used to call "the common man."

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TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: 2008veep; johnkasich; kasich; mccain; oh2008; swingstates
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1 posted on 08/02/2008 4:10:22 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
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To: Clintonfatigued

uh, no. He voted for the Brady bill (assault weapons ban) after he said he would oppose it.


2 posted on 08/02/2008 4:11:22 PM PDT by Perdogg
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To: Clintonfatigued

Nope. Two words: Chandra Levy. Two more words: Gary Condit.


3 posted on 08/02/2008 4:11:39 PM PDT by library user
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To: Clintonfatigued

I’d hate to see a great man like Kasich be a part of such a cruddy liberal campaign. I suppose if McCain had terminal cancer and Kasich was the VP candidate, then I would be pretty psyched about it.


4 posted on 08/02/2008 4:11:49 PM PDT by Ron Jeremy (sonic)
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To: library user

Yes, yes. Anything to get him off Fox.


5 posted on 08/02/2008 4:12:38 PM PDT by csmusaret (McCain and Obama represent the evil of two lessers.)
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To: Clintonfatigued
NO, not ever.
6 posted on 08/02/2008 4:12:58 PM PDT by dforest (I had almost forgotten that McCain is the nominee. Too bad I was reminded.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

No, no, no and no.


7 posted on 08/02/2008 4:13:34 PM PDT by BOBTHENAILER (One by one, in small groups or in whole armies, we don't care how we do it, but we're gonna getcha)
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To: TonyRo76; Las Vegas Dave; NeoCaveman; Farmer Dean; Molly Pitcher; LS; Liz; Lorraine; neverdem; ...

This would not be a bad choice. He’s acceptable to conservatives, but is not closely identified with Bush, which is a problem that Rob Portman has.


8 posted on 08/02/2008 4:13:39 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (If Islam conquers the world, the Earth will be at peace because the human race will be killed off.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Already posted:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/gop/2055252/posts


9 posted on 08/02/2008 4:14:18 PM PDT by library user
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To: library user

Kasich hooked up with Chandra Levy?


10 posted on 08/02/2008 4:14:41 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (If Islam conquers the world, the Earth will be at peace because the human race will be killed off.)
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To: Ron Jeremy
I’d hate to see a great man like Kasich

Great man? I surely don't think so. I turn off FOX whenever he comes on.

11 posted on 08/02/2008 4:15:39 PM PDT by BOBTHENAILER (One by one, in small groups or in whole armies, we don't care how we do it, but we're gonna getcha)
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To: Clintonfatigued; Types_with_Fist

Read this:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2044683/posts?page=9#9


12 posted on 08/02/2008 4:16:41 PM PDT by library user
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To: BOBTHENAILER
Great man? I surely don't think so. I turn off FOX whenever he comes on.

To be sure, I am going off of his performance in Congress in the mid 90's.. has he turned liberal?

13 posted on 08/02/2008 4:20:52 PM PDT by Ron Jeremy (sonic)
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To: Ron Jeremy

Has he turned liberal...wishy/washy, squishy, let’s all come together and middle ground is all I hear from him nowadays.


14 posted on 08/02/2008 4:25:30 PM PDT by BOBTHENAILER (One by one, in small groups or in whole armies, we don't care how we do it, but we're gonna getcha)
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To: library user
I read it, Saw nothing at all about John Kasich. Are you confusing him with Joe Scarborough?
15 posted on 08/02/2008 4:30:40 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: library user

Exactly!! He’s too darn ‘sweet’ for my taste. Brrr.


16 posted on 08/02/2008 4:36:14 PM PDT by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
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To: library user
Dear library user,

From the post that you cite:

"How about the fact nobody wanted or wants to know about how Condit (now ex-US congressman) or John Kasich (now ex-US congressman) and Joey Scarborough (now ex-US congressman) all exited at about the same time of the investigation,..."

You realize, of course, that Mr. Kasich declined to run for re-election in 2000, and exited office in the first days of January 2001. He made his decision not to run for re-election sometime during or before 1999, as in 1999, he began his unsuccessful run for the presidency.

Ms. Levy disappeared in May 2001.

But the theory here is that he decided in 1999 or thereabouts not to run for re-election because of a future scandal that would break in May 2001.

And instead, he ran for president.

By the way, Mr. Condit left the House in 2003, AFTER the scandal actually broke.

The attempts to link her to Mr. Kasich appear despicable and pathetic.

That conservatives would pass along this kind of trash is absolutely disgusting.


sitetest

17 posted on 08/02/2008 4:40:24 PM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: Clintonfatigued
but is not closely identified with Bush, which is a problem that Rob Portman has.

The one time GWB goes for competence, it taints the guy. Shame.

18 posted on 08/02/2008 4:41:01 PM PDT by NeoCaveman (El Conservo Tribal name "Avoids Fort Marcy Park")
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To: sitetest
The attempts to link her to Mr. Kasich appear despicable and pathetic.

I'm not linking Kasich and Levy, I'm linking Kasich and Condit.

19 posted on 08/02/2008 4:42:01 PM PDT by library user
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To: library user
Dear libary user,

“I'm not linking Kasich and Levy, I'm linking Kasich and Condit.”

False.

Here's what you said above about Mr. Kasich’s potential candidacy:

“Nope. Two words: Chandra Levy. Two more words: Gary Condit.”

You linked them both to Mr. Kasich.

Further, you cited a post that strongly implies that Mr. Kasich high-tailed it out of town to avoid the investigation into Ms. Levy's disappearance.

As the facts prove, that's idiotic, as well as an ugly, evil smear.


sitetest

20 posted on 08/02/2008 4:47:59 PM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: Clintonfatigued
He’s acceptable to conservatives

Maybe in England

21 posted on 08/02/2008 4:48:48 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Yes, yes, yes.


22 posted on 08/02/2008 4:49:34 PM PDT by WilliamReading
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To: Clintonfatigued

JK is my former congressman. He was a hawk on the budget while he was in the Ohio House and Congress. That is probably his most noteworthy accomplishment.


23 posted on 08/02/2008 4:57:17 PM PDT by Loyal Buckeye
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To: sitetest

The connection is Condit and Kasich were best of buddies.


24 posted on 08/02/2008 4:57:17 PM PDT by DB
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To: Clintonfatigued

Good grief, No! Condit skeletons.


25 posted on 08/02/2008 4:58:14 PM PDT by nana4bush
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To: DB; library user
Dear DB,

“The connection is Condit and Kasich were best of buddies.”

The connection cited by library user was Chandra Levy. That's in the post above.

The connection cited by the link to another post on another thread on FR was to the Chandra Levy investigation, and that somehow that was related to his leaving Congress, even though he decided to leave Congress more than two years before Ms. Levy disappeared.

As for them being, “the best of buddies,” that's because Mr. Condit often sided with Republicans on issues, thus giving Mr. Kasich (who was in the Republican House leadership at the time) a token Democrat to make the case that Republican policies were bipartisan.

To link Mr. Kasich to Ms. Levy, or to Mr. Condit’s more sordid doings, without any evidence whatsoever, is what I'd expect from DUers.


sitetest

26 posted on 08/02/2008 5:04:15 PM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: Clintonfatigued
No. If Kasich was that great he would still be in office as a “conservative” voice. He had his chance and blew it along with all the other impotent Republican “Revolution” wimps.
27 posted on 08/02/2008 5:09:38 PM PDT by LiberConservative ("Typical" white guy)
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To: sitetest

Don’t be so hard on the posters. Kasich and Joe Scarborough have LONG been associated with the Levy/Condit business. All were very much spared some tough questions when 9/11 took the matter off the front pages.


28 posted on 08/02/2008 5:14:35 PM PDT by JennysCool (A man who served his country well vs. a walking Che poster. Is it really that tough a choice?)
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To: Clintonfatigued

The big question: Can Kasich operate the wishbone? We know that J.C. Watts can.


29 posted on 08/02/2008 5:18:57 PM PDT by wendy1946
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To: BOBTHENAILER

I agree with that characterization.

That means he would be exactly what McCain is looking for.

;-)


30 posted on 08/02/2008 5:19:02 PM PDT by savedbygrace (SECURE THE BORDERS FIRST (I'M YELLING ON PURPOSE))
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To: sitetest

I don’t know if O.J. Simpson is a Republican or Democrat, but if Al Cowlings ever runs for office, I wouldn’t vote for him.

Why? Because he was too buddy-buddy with O.J.


31 posted on 08/02/2008 5:27:07 PM PDT by library user
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To: JennysCool; library user
Dear JennysCool,

“Don’t be so hard on the posters. Kasich and Joe Scarborough have LONG been associated with the Levy/Condit business.”

Baloney.

Mr. Kasich and Mr. Condit worked closely together in Congress, and socialized together (many in the media reported that they went to a rock concert together - hardly adds up to participating in kinky sex and murder). It's easy to understand why Mr. Kasich cultivated Mr. Condit’s friendship, as Mr. Condit often voted with Republicans. In fact, in the 1990s, Mr. Condit, then-congressman from California, endorsed the REPUBLICAN candidate for Secretary of State of California.

Gee, do ya think that might have had something to do with the relationship? That Mr. Condit was endorsing REPUBLICANS for office in his own state?

Why in the world would Mr. Kasich, a House Republican whip at the time, NOT cultivate a friendship with Mr. Condit?

How does that tie in with Chandra Levy (hint: it doesn't)?

How does it justify the bald-faced lie of innuendo that Mr. Kasich left Congress because of the Levy investigation, when he decided to leave Congress YEARS before she disappeared, and then, to go hide out from anyone, he RAN FOR PRESIDENT??

Here is another post from library user:

http://209.157.64.201/focus/f-news/2048818/posts?page=18#18


To: WayneS; Blogger; Types_with_Fist; IndyTiger
See this as well... http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2039758/posts?page=13#13

To: Types_with_Fist

Didn’t John Kasich pal around a bit too much with Gary Condit...
Yes, he did pal around with Condit. Kasich’s exit from Congress always seemed a bit mysterious to me. [emphasis added] I would imagine the MSM would be dredging this up if Kasich would get selected to be on the ticket, which is why I bet he won't be selected.

13 posted on 2008-07-02 11:29:25 AM by IndyTiger
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18 posted on Monday, July 21, 2008 12:11:02 PM by library user (There's no sandwich like prawn sandwich.)


How in the WORLD could Mr. Kasich's exit from Congress be MYSTERIOUS, at least as connected with Mr. Condit or Ms. Levy??

He left Congress to RUN FOR PRESIDENT!

WOW!! THAT was a great way to avoid folks asking him about the future disappearance of Ms. Levy, or his associations with Mr. Condit.

This is a smear job, plain and simple.

It is no wonder that so many good and decent conservatives have no interest in running for public office, with so many jackals willing to smear them with the most unsupported innuendo.


sitetest

32 posted on 08/02/2008 5:28:50 PM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: library user
Dear library user,

“I don’t know if O.J. Simpson is a Republican or Democrat, but if Al Cowlings ever runs for office, I wouldn’t vote for him.”

You're kidding, right? Please tell me you're kidding.

You do realize that Mr. Cowlings helped Mr. Simpson to actually flee from the police.

That's a bit more than going to a rock concert together.

Please show me where Mr. Kasich helped Mr. Condit flee the police.

Also, were you opposed to the candidacy of Duncan Hunter this year?


sitetest

33 posted on 08/02/2008 5:31:54 PM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: sitetest

I like both FDT and Hunter. I’d vote for either of them. They were the true conservatives in the race.


34 posted on 08/02/2008 5:34:20 PM PDT by library user
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To: Perdogg
He voted for the Brady bill (assault weapons ban)

Two different bills. The Brady Bill was background checks, originally with a waiting period possible but only for handguns, transitioning to the instant check and including all firearms. (I bought a 1911A1 just after the bill passed and before it went into effect, then bought a Maverick 12 ga with 18.5 inch barrel right before the "instant check" went into effect. (Would have bought something like an AR-15, but couldn't afford it just then, got what I could).

The Assault Weapons ban (which Kasich did indeed vote for) was part of Bill's Crime, aka "Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994" (H.R.3355 103rd Congress), complete with funding for 10,000 cops, which never appeared, and for Midnight Basketball for inner city Yutes. The Brady bill (H.R.1025 103rd Congress) passed first. Kasich voted *against* the Brady bill).

35 posted on 08/02/2008 5:36:38 PM PDT by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Johnny’ll get your gun.


36 posted on 08/02/2008 5:39:06 PM PDT by Rudder
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To: library user
Kasich?

Not only NO, BUT HELLL NO

Anyone who has seen this F'n RINO when he subs for O'Reilly (which I promptly turn off, much like I do with WhoreAldo) would quickly realize we don't nee both a Presidential Candidate AND a VP Candidate who are both flaming liberals.

37 posted on 08/02/2008 5:41:45 PM PDT by Conservative Vermont Vet ((One of ONLY 37 Conservatives in the People's Republic of Vermont. Socialists and Progressives All))
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To: Ron Jeremy
I’d hate to see a great man like Kasich be a part of such a cruddy liberal campaign.

SAY WHAT??

IMHO, Kasich is as much a RINO (if not more) than Juan. Guess you don't watch him when he's on Fox??

38 posted on 08/02/2008 5:43:42 PM PDT by Conservative Vermont Vet ((One of ONLY 37 Conservatives in the People's Republic of Vermont. Socialists and Progressives All))
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To: library user; pissant
Dear library user,

"I like both FDT and Hunter. I’d vote for either of them."

Me, too. In fact, I donated a lot of money (for me, at least), to Mr. Thompson.

But I can't understand why in the world you'd vote for Mr. Hunter.

After all, one of Mr. Hunter's “good friends” was Duke Cunningham, who was later pleaded guilty to his role in a bribery scandal and went to prison! In fact, I believe that Mr. Hunter took campaign contributions from some of the folks caught up in the Cunningham scandal.

How could you possibly vote for a man so close to such a scoundrel?

It was absolutely despicable that during the campaign some folks tried this angle against Mr. Hunter, to make hay of this association with Mr. Cunningham. Although we didn't agree on much, I agreed strongly with pissant when he'd point out that this was unworthy garbage.

I don't know why you'd vote for Mr. Hunter but not for Mr. Kasich, in that they're both associated with folks with less than savory records. The only difference is that Mr. Hunter's friend actually was adjudicated “guilty” in a court of law, and Mr. Kasich’s friend was not.

I'll repeat - whether the target is John Kasich or Duncan Hunter, this kind of smear is unworthy of conservatives.


sitetest

39 posted on 08/02/2008 5:45:53 PM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

OMG NO!


40 posted on 08/02/2008 5:52:03 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Obama, keep the change!)
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To: hinckley buzzard
I read it, Saw nothing at all about John Kasich. Are you confusing him with Joe Scarborough?

Look again, his is the second name mentioned in post 9. But it's based on a pretty week reed, unless there is more evidence about the three partying hearty with babes and such.

41 posted on 08/02/2008 5:53:15 PM PDT by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: Clintonfatigued

John Kasich is worse than McCain. He would weaken the ticket to death.


42 posted on 08/02/2008 5:57:27 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Jimmy Carter is the skidmark in the panties of American History)
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To: Ron Jeremy; BOBTHENAILER
"To be sure, I am going off of his performance in Congress in the mid 90's.. has he turned liberal?"

He is one of the gun-grabber caucus for starters. He also helped kill a reduction in the capital gains and death taxes.

43 posted on 08/02/2008 6:02:23 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Jimmy Carter is the skidmark in the panties of American History)
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To: Clintonfatigued
Love John; but no to VP. As in Pullleeeeze! Let good men rest at their level of expertise; less the Peter Principle come into play and ruin them and 'the rest of the story'.

Let's not wish this upon someone as good; someone as nice; and who makes a wonderful contribution; doing precisely what he does - best.

44 posted on 08/02/2008 6:17:51 PM PDT by cricket (Damn Political Correctness; befor e it irretrievably, damns us all. . .)
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To: sitetest
Oh you are so right!!! The very idea that John Kasich and Gar Condit (Gar's wife always called him "Gar") were butties is just wrong. Some posters are such savages.

Kasich would make a wonderful vice president running mate for the Republican effort this fall although stumpy may have a problem with the other pouty mouth guy that hunches his leg, Lindsey Graham.

Oh that's just terrible, referring to McCain as “stumpy.” I have not yet forgiven Camille Paglia for calling the little guy that name in such a rude manner.

45 posted on 08/02/2008 6:21:08 PM PDT by carmelanne (Sacred policies should be reviewed every six months!)
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To: LiberConservative

Well said. The GOP has no one to blame but themselves. Starting with George Bush, Tom Delay, Dennis Hastert, Boehner, and the rest of the whole sorry lot. They had an historic opportunity to change the course of the country for a generation and they blew it. It’s unforgiveable and unconscionable.

But there’s plenty of grass roots blame to go around as well. Who did we nominate? John McCain? Where was the grass roots during primary season? We had an opportunity to nominate someone who could correct the whole problem and we nominated a big f*****g RINO.

Conservatives have no one to blame but themselves.

Huckfillary


46 posted on 08/02/2008 6:24:21 PM PDT by huckfillary (qual tyo ta)
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To: El Gato

thank you for the correction.


47 posted on 08/02/2008 6:25:20 PM PDT by Perdogg
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To: Clintonfatigued

To change the subject, what do folks think about Rick Santorum as a possibility?


48 posted on 08/02/2008 6:33:30 PM PDT by tips up
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To: Perdogg

This clown has watched Mr.Smith Goes to Washington a few too many times.He tries that earnest innocent stuff ad nauseum.And he is a gun grabber-just what we need.


49 posted on 08/02/2008 6:59:25 PM PDT by steamroller
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To: carmelanne

Kasich wuld probably make it easy to cary Ohio and possibly also PA. I don’;t know what the objection is but he did really well for Ohioans when he served us. We were really hoping he’d run for Governor in 2010.


50 posted on 08/02/2008 7:30:02 PM PDT by chris_bdba
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