Saturday, December 15, 2012

Pugnacious or pragmatic? Social issues could decide which Gov. John Kasich emerges in 2013: Analysis

Ohioans will see one of two John Kasichs next year.

It could be the pugnacious governor of 2011 -- the guy who bullied people to get on his bus or get run over.

More likely it will be the chastened governor of 2012 -- the kinder soul who emerged as Kasich softened his image.

But at times he might be tempted to be a little bit of both, and therein lies his dilemma.

A Republican believed by many to harbor White House ambitions, Kasich will have far fewer prospects on the national stage if he fails to win a second term in 2014. So the last thing he wants on his desk is legislation governing women's reproductive rights. Vetoing a bill that would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected might earn him re-election points from independents but estrange him from voters key to winning GOP presidential primaries.

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