by Dan Balz, The Washington Post
Ohio Governor John Kasich joined the crowded 2016 presidential race Tuesday, offering a message of fiscal conservatism and social welfare compassion that he hopes will shake up the Republican Party and vault him into contention for the party’s nomination.
“I am here to ask you for your prayers, for your support, for your efforts because I have decided to run for president of the United States,” the two-term governor told a cheering crowd at a rally on the campus of Ohio State University.
Kasich’s speech was short on policy proposals but long on biography and inspirational rhetoric designed to establish him as someone with a style and message distinctive from others in the race.
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