The Definitive H&H John Kasich Scouting Report

Can he overcome his late start to churn the virtuous cycle of polls, fundraising, and news coverage?

He’s In: John Kasich Launches 2016 Bid

What he’s got: Highest approval ratings and most impressive governing achievements of any current governor in the hunt; notable support from African-American voters and other traditionally Democratic constituencies in his 2014 re-election; presidential campaign experience from his short-lived 2000 bid; federal budget and national security experience from his time as a congressman; polling strength versus Hillary Clinton in his home (and arguably the most important swing) state; a fearlessness about the process; a strong Anglican faith; blue-collar upbringing and credibility; a disarming manner; a firm belief that he is ready to be president from day one.

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