Potential Republican 2016 presidential candidate Ohio Governor John Kasich speaks at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Conference in Nashua

Ohio's Kasich says 2016 presidential run depends on money

Potential Republican 2016 presidential candidate Ohio Governor John Kasich speaks at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Conference in NashuaBy Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ohio Governor John Kasich said on Friday his 2016 presidential aspirations depend on whether he can raise enough money to compete with a host of rivals for the Republican nomination. Kasich, 62, is considering a run for his party’s nomination, which would make him a potentially potent force in the Republican field as he represents an important swing state in presidential elections. Kasich, a former chairman of the House of Representatives Budget Committee who was re-elected as Ohio’s governor in November, sounded like a presidential candidate during a 45-minute session with reporters at a lunch sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor. Kasich, who considered running for the White House in 2000 before bowing out of the race, said he was optimistic that he will be able to move forward with launching a campaign, but did not indicate when he would make up his mind.

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