Ohio Governor John Kasich Joins the GOP Race for the White House!

John Kasich makes lucky number 16 for the GOP as the field continues its slow and steady expansion.

On Tuesday Governor John Kasich (R-OH) walked out onto a stage at the Ohio Union at Ohio State University and delivered a speech that many observers believed was a long time coming. Kasich told the rest of the nation that he was officially throwing his hat into the right to run for President.

Here’s just a piece of his comments – you can read the full transcript here.

These are the worries that many Americans have, but I have to tell you as serious as these are—and they are very serious—we’ve had a lot worse, much worse in this country.  Think about it.  The Civil War, do you remember reading about it?  It’s not just neighbors fighting against neighbors, but it was even family members—kin fighting against one another and killing one another on a battlefield right in America. 

How about the about the racial violence that we experienced in this country?  The early days of television when they put the dogs and the gas and the batons on people of another color.

Or the world wars?  Where many in our families never came home, leaving widows and children without a dad. 

Or the depression?  The depression.  Ask your grandfather, ask your mom and dad about that depression.  My father used to say that he’d go down to the store and get some food for the family and the guy would say, “We’ll put it on your bill.”  There was no bill.  That’s what it took for America to get through the depression. 

And you all remember that crystal clear morning and the horror we felt on 9/11.  But guess what?  We’ve always gotten through it because the testing is what makes you stronger.  It’s the challenges that make you better.  I have lived through them and I have become stronger for them and America has become stronger for them and here is how we’ve done it—by staying together.  Not by dividing each other, but by staying together with our eyes on the horizon, with our eyes on the horizon about the future.