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:
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.