Kasich Talks Possible Third Party Future as He No Longer Has One w/ Republicans

‘I’m not going anywhere, my voice is going to stay out there…’

(Lionel Parrott, Liberty Headlines) John Kasich, the outgoing governor of Ohio, appeared on ABC’s The View Monday where he discussed his future, gave his predictions for the midterm elections, and opined on President Donald Trump’s rhetoric.

Kasich is term-limited, but told co-host Whoopi Goldberg that he’s not going anywhere.

“I had a great eight years of governor, I’ve been in politics for a very long time, but I’m not going anywhere, my voice is going to stay out there …. maybe you guys can even help me to keep it out there?”

During his segment on the daytime women’s talk show, Kasich said that Americans were frustrated with both parties and that the country might be ready for a third party – and even hinted that such a third party might be his vehicle to the White House.

Kasich said that with both Democrats and Republicans embracing extremism, that left a “big wide open space in the middle” that he might like to fill.

When pressed by co-host Whoopi Goldberg as to whether Kasich would consider a third presidential bid, the lame duck governor’s only response was that “all of [my] options are on the table.”

But Kasich seemed skeptical about running as a Republican, telling co-host Meghan McCain, herself the daughter of a former Republican presidential nominee, that the party was “kind of locked down right now” and that doing so would probably be a waste of time – a reference to President Trump’s status as an incumbent.

“I can do well in New Hampshire,” he mused, “but I go down to, down south, and I get blown out …”

In response to Joy Behar’s asking if the primary process in both parties was destroying the country, Kasich said he didn’t know, but added: “What I do know is that, here’s the thing, is that our leaders let us down. And when leaders let us down, then it’s up to us, where we live, to create a synergy with other people, to be able to rise.”

He then added that he was inspired by the release of the recent film Bohemian Rhapsody, which follows the career of the band Queen and its lead singer, Freddie Mercury.

Kasich’s midterm predictions were mundane. He expects Democrats to take back the House of Representatives while Republicans to keep the Senate, which is in line with polling and the conventional wisdom.

Democrats are going to take back the House, said Kasich, because Americans have had enough: “I think a lot of people have said, ‘I’ve had enough of this. I don’t want to live my life with anger.'”

Kasich also ripped into President Trump’s rhetoric on the campaign trail. The congressman-turned-Lehman Brothers executive said the president’s rhetoric was a “terrible strategy for our country” and that “there ought to be some ethical limits to what you’ll do when you’re involved in a campaign.”

Interestingly, President Trump was campaigning in Ohio yesterday, a fact noted by co-host Sunny Hostin.

“Notice I’m here,” Kasich quipped.