Ohio Gov. John Kasich threw his hat into the ring for the Republican presidential race this week, becoming the roughly 412th primary candidate. But political consultants say that his candidacy is doomed from the start because, as PolitiFact points out, he has a serious problem with honesty.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich is set to announce his presidential candidacy in an appearance at Ohio State University on July 21. The Republican won office in 2010 by defeating incumbent Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland, then won reelection easily in 2014, taking 64 percent of the vote. Earlier in his career, he spent 18 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. He’s known as a policy wonk and what Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., once called “hair-trigger temper.”
PolitiFact has fact-checked Kasich 51 times, most of them by our former affiliate, PolitiFact Ohio, during his tenure as governor. As of today, the majority of his ratings (51 percent) have been True or Mostly True. Eighteen percent were False or Pants on Fire.
But can he really compete with the other candidates with that kind of track record of almost being honest some of the time? Experts say no, and his fellow candidates are already mocking his lack of mendacity. Donald Trump told an audience in Iowa that Kasich “is a loser who couldn’t lie his way out of a wet paper bag,” adding, “I am the greatest liar in the history of the world. Those Joe Isuzu commercials were based on me.”
Kasich’s top advisers argue that the governor is a quick study and will soon be able to dissemble with the best of them. One Kasich aide, who did not want his name used in this post, told me that the governor has been training with some of the top lawyers and used car salesmen in Ohio. “Don’t worry about Kasich,” he told me. “I’ve never seen anyone work so hard to become a good liar. I guarantee you that by the first of September, we’ll have his accuracy rate down into the mid-teens where it belongs.”