John Kasich To Speak At DNC And Endorse Joe Biden For President
Updated: Aug 4, 2020
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According to the Associated Press, John Kasich is set to appear at next month's Democratic National Convention and endorse Joe Biden in his bid for presidency. Kasich, an outspoken Trump Critic, has represented the Republican Party for the entirety of his political career. Biden's campaign expects this endorsement to convince other Republicans critical of Trump to publicly endorse Biden. Kasich's involvement has neither been officially confirmed nor denied by Kasich's team or Biden's campaign as of July 20, 2020.
Biden currently has a good lead over Trump with polls ranging as high as 15 points to as low as 8, per CNN. His campaign is attempting to sway Trump's "silent majority" and secure the Oval Office in November. By having Kasich endorse him, Biden will show to voters his ability to generate and produce bipartisanship, which many feel has deteriorated during the Trump Administration. Biden's Deputy Campaign Manager has publicly stated the campaign's willingness and support to seek bipartisanship:
In terms of Republican supporters, I think it speaks to a career of being able to work across the aisle, of being able to actually get things done. We welcome the support of anybody who’d rather see Joe Biden be president than Donald Trump.
The Republican Party is beginning to isolate itself from the Trump Campaign as well. Many high-profile Republicans have already stated they would not endorse Trump's reelection campaign, including Utah Senator Mitt Romney, Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, former President George W. Bush, and former Secretary of State Collin Powell. Trump's Former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has not been silent in his criticisms of the President notably claiming:
Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people—does not even pretend to try. Instead, he tries to divide us
This sentiment is also carried by Kasich who tweeted:
Kasich's endorsement as well as Trump's actions which have polarized the party could allow voters to see Biden as a unifying force. There may be a sense Biden could ameliorate some of the division caused by the Trump Administration.
Andrew Fielden is an Editor-At-Large for The National Times