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Nov. 1998. COURAGE IS CONTAGIOUS: Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary
to Change the Face of America. New York: Doubleday Books.
Kasich profiles twenty people who are doing incredible things to help
inspire others, a celebration of individuals he's met whom he considers
his 'heroes.' Far more than a compilation of isolated acts of
and compassion, Kasich...sees the actions evidence by the people in his
book as part of a larger, steadily growing crusade that is changing
He calls it the 'New Volunteerism...'"
Strengths: Appeal to younger voters.
Position against corporate welfare could play
well. Will be able to start the
presidential campaign with $1.5 million transferred from 1998
Little known nationally. Has very
limited experience outside of politics; is essentially a career
politician. The House of Representatives
has historically not been a good starting point for a presidential bid;
succeed was James Garfield, also from Ohio, in 1880. Perception
that Kasich is really aiming for
the vice presidential slot. Boyish
persona may not be right for the times; after enduring adolescent
Clinton, voters may put maturity at the top of their lists.
Speaks at 1999
Republican Midwest Leadership Conference in Omaha, NE.
before withdrawal: July 25-31
Iowa--RAGBRAI Bicycle Race; Aug. 13-14 Iowa Straw Poll, Ames, IA; Aug.
NH. "Thank You" reception at the
Kimball-Jenkins Estate on No. Main in Concord.
Iowa. "Thank You" tour, accompanied
Hall of Fame pitcher and Iowan Bob Feller.
July 17 Coffee hosted by the Hardin County Central Committee at
Ellsworth College in Iowa Falls; coffee hosted by the Franklin County
Committee in Hampton; reception at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in
reception/fundraiser for the Story County Central Committee at Indian
Country Club in Nevada. July 18 Coffee
hosted by Dick and Carolyn Koberg at their home in Carroll; picnic/BBQ
by Rick and Janet Young at their home in Jewell.
Kasich announces he
is ending his presidential quest and will not seek re-election to
2000. Texas Gov. George W. Bush joins
Kasich in a Washington press conference and receives the congressman's
Reports from Reuters
"Kasich Mulls Dropping White House Bid-Sources" and AP "Kasich
Kasich holds House
Budget Committee Hearing on corporate welfare, highlighting such
the Advanced Technology Program, the Power Marketing Administration and
Social Security plan at the National Press Club.
15 Main Street walk in Milford including haircut at Joe's Barbershop,
Merrimack Federation of Republican Women.
Feb. 16 Door to door with citizens in Merrimack, lunch with
legislators in Concord; town hall meeting at St. Anselm's College in
Goffstown. Feb. 17 (no public events)
18 Meet with citizens at local diner in Fort Dodge, Main Street walk in
Dodge, speech to Kiwanis/Exchange Club in Mason City; town hall meeting
pitcher Bob Feller in Des Moines. Feb.
19 Main Street walk in Muscatine, Iowans for Tax Relief meeting, lunch
business leaders; Black Alliance meeting in Waterloo.
formation of exploratory committee at his annual President's Day
Columbus, attended by about 1,200 people.
After an airport send-off rally, commences a four-day trip to New
Hampshire and Iowa, dubbed "Explor-a-Tour."
legislation, H.R. 3, that would cut individual income tax rates by 10%
National Press Club
Files with Ohio
Secretary of State to establish presidential exploratory committee,
2000. Gillespie "message of
shipping power, money, and influence out of Washington" has been
The day after the
election begins book tour at Cheryl & Co. in Columbus, OH. In the month following the election he visits
14 cities in 10 states promoting the book, including NYC, other cities
LA, Phoenix, and Atlanta.
House passes budget
resolution in a 216-204 vote. A number
of provisions were dropped to obtain support; the plan still calls for
billion in spending cuts over five years and elimination of the
Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Republican
Party of Iowa's First in the
Nation Gala and State Convention.
Pioneer PAC Web site launches.
Kasich's budget plan,
with its $101 billion in new spending cuts and reductions in taxes over
years, passes the House Budget Committee in a 22-16 party-line vote. Three-quarters of the cuts are in the last
three years of the plan.
Responding to concerns
of his Republican colleagues Kasich has reduced the amount of new
in his budget plan to $100 billion over five years and withdrawn a list
specific spending cuts.
After months of work,
Kasich presents to the House Republican Conference an ambitious budget
calling for $154 billion in new domestic spending cuts over five years. Among its many items, Kasich's plan would
the Commerce and Energy Departments and President Clinton's AmeriCorps
cut entitlements, and cut taxes by eliminating the marriage penalty. However, there is a sense among a fair number
of Republicans that the cuts are not politically realistic or
acceptable; it is
likely the plan will be modified. [The
budget resolution, which sets the broad outlines for federal spending
for the upcoming fiscal year (beginning Oct. 1, 1998), was supposed to
been completed on April 15 so that the appropriations committees could
work on the 13 annual spending bills].
Karen Johnson starts as executive director of Kasich's Pioneer PAC.
Iowa. "Back in Black" tour during
congressional recess. (The Iowa state
budget has been in a surplus--in the black--since Republicans took over
and the federal budget will be soon.)
April 4 speaks at reception before the Abe Lincoln Dinner-A
Gov. Terry Branstad in Des Moines. April
5 Fundraiser for state rep. Dave Millage in Davenport.
Cedar Rapids: news conference at Cedar Rapids Public Library. Waterloo, radio, evening fundraiser for
MikeLannigan, challenger for the state senate seat in Waterloo. April 7
Des Moines: press conference at the State Capitol Building,
on WHO. Ankeny: fundraiser for Carmen
Boal, challenger for state rep. seat. To
Omaha/Council Bluffs, big fundraiser for House majority leader Brent
in Council Bluffs and news conference. On
KKAR -AM. To Sioux City.
On KSCJ-AM. News conference at
the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce. To
Dennison, a fundraiser for Clarence
Hoffman, running for state rep. To
Carroll, fundraiser Rod Roberts, state rep candidate.
By a vote of 337-80
the House passes the 6-year, $217 billion transportation bill, the
Efficient Surface Transportation and Equity Act, H.R. 2400. Kasich, troubled that the bill put the 1997
balanced budget agreement at risk, had emerged as the bill's most
critic, describing it as a "hog" and an "abomination."
His transportation turnback amendment, which
would have returned control of transportation dollars to the states,
a 318-98 vote. Under Kasich's proposal,
most of the 18.4-cent-per-gallon federal gas tax would have been phased
FY 2002 and the states would then be free to set a tax according their
NH. Feb. 16 Merrimack Federation of
Women dinner at Madden's Restaurant.
Feb. 17 Meeting with state party people in Concord; briefing in
Congressman Sununu's office on education issues; student forum at St.
College in Goffstown; town meeting with Sununu in Plaistow. Feb. 18 Editorial board meeting with Concord
Monitor; Madden's Restaurant in Derry; tour Sanders-Lockheed plant in
meet with the mayor of Nashua; Nashua and Manchester City Committee
Dinner, Center of NH, Manchester. Feb.
19 Featured guest at fundraising breakfast for Cong. Sununu; press
student forum at University of New Hampshire in Durham.
Feb. 20 Press interviews; New Hampshire
Conservative Political Victory Fund, Manchester.
In his speech to
CPAC, Kasich spoke of the need to "break up the monopolies and trusts
the federal government," listing education, welfare, health care and
public housing. After the speech, when he was doing meet-and-greet photos
in the hallway and the possibility of a
presidential bid came up, he urged supporters to write him and let him
know. Giving a hint of his inclinations,
remarked of his travels, specifically going to New Hampshire, "I'm not
for the maple syrup."
happens when two potential candidates run into each other, as Lamar
and Kasich did in the hotel lobby at CPAC?
They size each other up.
"Been getting around?" Kasich asked. Alexander
recounted a recent flight that had
experienced technical difficulties and said he always flies with two
Kasich was the chief negotiator for House Republicans in
reaching an agreement with President Clinton to balance the budget by
he spent considerable time selling the agreement. [The
deal had its share of detractors: Quayle
August 22: "Under this budget agreement the Government is going to get
bigger." Forbes September 13:
"a patchwork of small victories, purchased by violating great
principles."] Kasich could appeal
to younger voters but is seen by some as too effervescent.
the Christian Coalition's annual conference, Road to Victory '97 in
Lincoln Day Dinner at the Polk County Convention Center.
months of negotiations over the size and form of cuts in domestic
cuts in taxes, and growth in Medicare spending, President Clinton and
Republican leadership reach an agreement to balance the budget in 5
years. Kasich and Sen. Pete Domenici led the
Republican negotiating team. For the
next several months, Kasich speaks out in support of the budget plan in
manner of venues from Sunday newsmaker programs to letters to the
editor. The House approved the plan in a 346-85 vote
on July 30.
NH. Hillsborough County Lincoln Day dinner and a
town hall meeting in Bedford.
Karen Waldbillig, a hospital communications director from Columbus.
|www.johnkasich.com Greg Trangmoe, a Ph.D. student in electrical engineering at the University of
Arizona (Tucson), established a Kasich Web site and e-mail list in
1997. The site evolved from a top-ten
reasons page he had put up in September 1996. "I
saw Kasich on 'Meet the Press' and liked what he said
so I started
looking into his background. Needless to
say I was impressed. His heart and
enthusiasm to make a better government brought me out of political
apathy. I think he could do the same thing
rest of the country." By the first
part of 1998 the site had grown to the extent that Trangmoe filed with
to form a committee so he could "use any proceeds for keeping the site
active and getting materials to volunteers around the country." He wrote, "Forming a PAC will allow the
web site to sell t-shirts, bumper stickers, etc. and pass any proceeds
local volunteer groups who would like to spread the Kasich message." On May 1 Trangmoe announced the
be called Caring about America 2000 (CA2K). He
wrote that CA2K is "a union of volunteers acting
bring about John Kasich's vision of America in 2000."
Trangmoe set out the primary goals of the
committee as: "1. Build name and message recognition for John Kasich as
Presidential candidate in 2000; and 2. Build a national citizen base to
the Kasich legislative agenda and a Presidential campaign."
www.kasich2000.com Greg Kinzelman
established a Kasich Web site that was running by April 1998 under the
Frontier 2000 Pioneers Committee--not authorized by any candidate or
Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action