How Republican John Kasich Might Help Democrats

Jul 20, 2020

Former Ohio Governor John Kasich
Credit Ohio Public Radio

Former Ohio Governor and 2016 Republican presidential candidate John Kasich will be speaking for presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden at the Democratic National Convention.

Some Ohio Democrats are blasting the idea on social media. But Democrats could benefit from Kasich’s appearance. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.

Kasich championed an anti-union bill that was repealed by voters and signed many anti-abortion laws.


“Governor Kasich speaking at the Democratic National Convention isn’t for Democrats and he certainly isn’t for Ohio Democrats.”


That’s David Niven, a political science professor at the University of Cincinnati.


“Well, he is meant to speak to that voters who might have cast a Republican ballot their entire life but be uncomfortable with Donald Trump.”


Niven notes Democratic politician Zell Miller of Georgia spoke at the RNC for President George W Bush in 2004. And he says there’s one thing that holds true in these cases.


“Once they’ve stepped to the podium in the other party’s convention, their career within their party is over.”


But Niven says Kasich could be trying to position himself for a cabinet post in a Biden administration.