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Ohio Governor John Kasich (R-OH) announced on July 21, 2015 that he was running for President. His Twitter account carried the announcement, issued following the conclusion of his speech at 11:19 am CST:

His formal announcement was delivered the same day at Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. Taking the stage in front of supporters, he gave a speech in which he outlined his motivation for a run:

“I have the experience and the testing, the testing which shapes you and prepares you for the most important job in the world. And I believe I know how to work and help restore this great United States. And I have to tell you, it’s a daunting challenge.”

Full video of speech:

Full text of the speech here.

In announcing his intention to seek the presidency, Kasich becomes the 16th prominent candidate to join an already diverse GOP presidential field, including fellow current governors Scott Walker (R-WI), Bobby Jindal (R-LA) and Chris Christie (R-NJ), former Governors Rick Perry (R-TX), Jeb Bush (R-FL), Mike Huckabee (R-AR) and George Pataki (R-NY), Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Rand Paul (R-KY), former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, former pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson, and real estate mogul Donald Trump as declared Republican candidates.

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