Former Pennsylvania Governor and Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge announced his support for Ohio governor John Kasich for President.
“I want to see proven conservative leadership in our nominee, not just the promise of conservative leadership, and that’s why John Kasich is my candidate. I’ve known him for more than 30 years, since we came to Congress together, and ‘ve always respected the way he successfully unites people of different views to enact conservative policies,” Ridge explained. “He did it in Ohio and helped turn around his state and he did it as chief architect of the balanced budget in Washington–something we haven’t seen since he left. John Kasich also has both the strong command of national security and foreign policy issues that a president needs as well as the executive experience it takes to actually be Commander-in-Chief. He is ready to be president on Day One.”
“Tom Ridge and I entered office together in 1982,” Kasich responded. “In Congress I knew a principled, resolute leader who understood how to work across the aisle to get things done for the people he served. In the years since he has distinguished himself through noble service to our country at a critical point in our nation’s history. To receive his stamp of approval is a tremendous honor for me, and I’m grateful for his offer of support and advice moving forward.”
Despite a 2nd place finish in New Hampshire, Kasich is in fourth place nationally according to recent polling. Kasich is planning to focus on Michigan’s March 8th primary and then his home state contest on March 15th.