VAN WERT, Ohio (WANE) – It’s official- Ohio Governor John Kasich is making a run for the White House. He made the announcement Tuesday morning at Ohio State University. He’s the 16th Republican candidate to announce a bid for presidency.
Click here to read more on Kasich’s official statement.
To get a pulse for how people in Kasich’s home state are feeling about Tuesday’s announcement, NewsChannel 15 set up shop inside a Van Wert County staple- Balyeat’s Coffee Shop. The restaurant has been there since the late 1890s.
“Great American food- we got fried chicken. We got roast beef, roast pork, meatloaf. We got prime rib and steaks and stuff,” Balyeat’s owner Dale Davies said. “Good food and good service.”
Some people said they’re thrilled with the announcement.
“I think he can do. I mean he’s done a great job in Ohio, so I think he should just go for it,” Olivia Thomas from Lucas County, Ohio said. “I think it’ll be tricky, but I think he can come up with some great ideas and be beneficial to the country.”
“It’s kind of exciting to hear that, you know. Even though I don’t know a whole lot about him, it’s something good for Ohio,” Karen Garza from Paulding County, Ohio said.
“I just like what he says and what I read about him,” Corrinne Mowry and Ruth Turnwald from Van Wert, Ohio said. “I do too and I hope he brings good morals back to our country. Good luck to our governor.”
“He’s always been great in everything he’s done. He’ll be a good one,” John Metzner from Delphos, Ohio said. “The governor of the state of Ohio will run the country as good as he did the state and we need him.”
Others have their reservations.
“Somewhat surprised at first and then I guess not necessarily concerned, but kind of started wondering right away about the whole wind turbine issues,” Dan Baksa from Van Wert, Ohio said. “As of right now, he wouldn’t be my top choice but he would be among the top few.”
Some Ohioans are simply unfazed by the news.
“It doesn’t seem to make a difference to me. That’s kind of why we gave up. It didn’t matter Republican, Democrat. It all seems like it comes out the same once they get elected. So, we just quit,” Charles Kesler from Delphos, Ohio said.
The side dish of Tuesday’s lunch at Balyeat’s was the sheer number of Republican candidates now running.
“That’s because we have plenty of people qualified as Republicans. The Democrats don’t have anybody that’s qualified,” Metzner said.
“There’s probably going to be more. It’s getting out of hand. I just don’t understand why there’s so many,” Kesler said. “So many of them seem like they’re unqualified to begin with from what I’m seeing on TV, but I’m sure there’s some good ones in there somewhere.”
“Too many candidates and rather than bashing each other, I wish they would just say what they would be able to do for us,” Mowry and Turnwald said.
“I think it’s a lot, you know, I just think it’s an awful lot,” Garza said.
“That’s a lot but I also feel at this point we need a big choice between a wide variety of different candidates so I don’t know, we’ll see what happens, I guess,” Baska said.
Regardless of their feelings towards the governor, people seem to agree on one thing: a Kasich run will help put their state more on the map.
“Ohio isn’t known for much, so that’d be nice to get some recognition,” Thomas said.
The first debate is scheduled for August 6th on Fox News. Only 10 of the 16 candidates will participate in that. Eligibility is determined based on the top ten from an average of five national polls.