Sen. Rob Portman said he won’t run for President in 2016, and will instead focus his efforts on being re-elected for another term in the United States Senate.
With the GOP’s big wins in the 2014 mid-term elections, Portman believes he can be more effective in Congress, now that the Senate has a Republican majority, according to Cincinnati.com.
With Portman sitting out, the Buckeye State will look at Gov. John Kasich, to see if Ohio can add to its list of eight presidents. Nothing’s been formally announced, but Kasich caught some buzz Monday when he announced he is going to embark on a national tour, promoting a constitutional amendment to balance the federal budget.
This comes after Kasich stood out at November’s Republican Governor’s Association, where he “characterized himself as a problem-solver and talked up his work as House Budget Committee chairman when Democrats and Republicans negotiated the last balanced budget in the 1990s,”according to Cleveland.com’s Henry Gomez.
The tour will give the country a chance to get to know Kasich, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be visiting Iowa and New Hampshire, because these states are already on board with the amendment.
This strategy indicates Kasich’s in no hurry to make a decision, as Gomez writes:
“Setting out beyond Ohio but skipping key states indicates Kasich is in no rush to join a potentially GOP field. The strategy also is consistent with what Kasich showed last month at a Republican Governors Association conference in Florida.”
Beyond Ohio, Jeb Bush, the son of President George H.W. Bush and the brother of George W. Bush, is also rumored to be nearing a decision.
The 2016 election still seems light years away, but things are certainly heating up.
Who would you like to see run in 2016?