John Kasich to give speech Thursday

John Kasich plans to give a speech less than two days after polls close in this election, casting his vision for the future of the Republican Party after his vocal opposition to current GOP nominee Donald Trump.

The Ohio governor, who refused to back Trump after losing to him in the GOP presidential primary, plans to give the speech Thursday at the American Enterprise Institute, a free-enterprise think tank in Washington, D.C., two people with knowledge of the plans told The Enquirer. They declined to be named because the plan is not yet public.

Kasich is mulling a possible 2020 bid for president and hopes to be a part of the conversation as the GOP takes stock after a possible loss to Democrat Hillary Clinton. He has continued to speak out against Trump this fall and plans to give the speech even if Trump wins, the sources said.

Despite having signed a pledge to support the GOP nominee, whoever it was, Kasich voted in the November election for John McCain, the 2008 GOP nominee. The vote did not count, under Ohio law.

The governor's political spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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