Governor Kasich Endorses Presidential Hopeful Mitt Romney

Ohio Governor John Kasich has thrown his support behind presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney(Photo: file)
Ohio Governor John Kasich has thrown his support behind presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney(Photo: file)

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has thrown his support behind Mitt Romney for president as the presumptive Republican nominee visits the battleground state.

Kasich endorsed Romney Thursday, citing Romney’s “proven experience as a manager and as a job creator.”

Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor joined the endorsement.

Kasich said Ohio’s further economic progress is hampered by the Obama administration.

The decision comes days after Kasich allies took control of the Ohio Republican Party, which can raise money and recruit volunteers across the state.

After false starts backing former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Kasich remained neutral in the Republican primaries. He had relationships from his congressional days with at least two other presidential hopefuls, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich.

Kasich ran briefly for president in 2000.

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