Thursday, October 15, 2015

John Kasich launches new phase of presidential campaign with focus on tax cuts and balanced budgets

NASHUA, N.H. – Ohio Gov. John Kasich, angling for a breakthrough in a Republican presidential race that has favored flashy personalities and Washington outsiders, proposed a conservative package of government and economic reforms here Thursday.

The centerpiece: A balanced federal budget, something that hasn't been accomplished since Kasich was chairman of the U.S. House Budget Committee in the 1990s.

"As president," Kasich vowed in a speech at Nashua Community College, "I will immediately put us on a path to a balanced budget, and I will get it done in eight years."

The speech launched a new phase of Kasich's White House bid. With the next GOP debate less than two weeks away, he wants to make his years of experience in Congress – a potential liability as voters flirt with the likes of Donald Trump – more attractive. He hopes to move the conversation in a way that elevates his relatively low profile.

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