Friday's HOT MIC

Friday's HOT MIC

John Kasich? Not "ruling out" another presidential run? Really?

Is there some national demand for this son-of-a-mailman's services in the Oval Office?

Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Friday refused to rule out running for president on Friday but said it’s “unlikely.” “In terms of politics, I don’t know what the future brings, but I know it’s in front of me,” Kasich told reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast in Washington.

Kasich said that even after he leaves the governorship, he plans to raise money and keep a team of advisers and consultants in place so that he can remain active politically and vocal on policy issues. But he insisted that that effort, and the new book he’s now promoting, is not to set up a presidential bid.

While Kasich has spoken at length about the GOP diverging from his own views, he reiterated Friday that he’s still a Republican. “I’m not giving up on my party,” he said. But he believes the political landscape is changing with the rise of independents and that a well-funded independent could win the presidency.

Basically, one just did, so he's right about that, at least.