Today, Ohio Gov., John Kasich, announced he will not run for President in 2020.
“I’ve said time and time again that I wouldn’t run for president in 2020, but the time is right for me to say goodbye,” he said.
“There are times when it’s appropriate to retire, and then there are times that it’s necessary to go into a second career.”
Kasich is a self-described “moderate” Republican who has endorsed Jeb Bush and has consistently spoken out against the policies of the President Donald Trump.
Kasich has previously said he would not run in 2020 if he could see himself winning the election, but he said the 2016 election was “very clear.”
“If I were to decide to run again, I would respect the will of the people and respect that I can’t do that,” he added.
Kasich is also currently working on a book about his experiences as governor of Ohio, which is scheduled to hit shelves next month.
“If you ask me, the future of the Republican Party in Ohio is going to depend on whether we elect a conservative who has a record of making a real difference in our state and our country,” Kasich said in the statement.
“And that’s what I intend to do, not just for Ohio but for the country.”
He is not the only Republican who recently announced he won’t run in the 2020 election.
Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina announced he would also not run.
“We will not be a party that has been hijacked by someone who has been so successful at dividing us,” Graham said.
Graham, who is running for reelection in 2018, said his decision was based on the fact that “we have the same party in Congress, and the same president.”
In an interview with Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren, Kasich said that he didn’t have a timetable for his exit from the race, but “we’re getting closer and closer.”
He also said he “absolutely” believes he will be able to run for reelection, saying he thinks he “would probably win in the Northeast.”
The Ohio governor, who will be 85 in December, said he has no plans to announce his retirement.
“You don’t ever want to make a promise and then not do it,” Kasich told Fox News.
“But I’m just tired of fighting, and I’m tired of the politics of the last three years, and we’ve seen this, and now we’re moving forward.”
He said he had been “running for the longest time” and that he would continue to do so “until the last election, and that’s when I’m going to stop.”
In addition to the 2020 announcement, Kasich is expected to endorse Jeb Bush in the next several weeks.
The former Florida governor has been working to unite Republicans in the face of the Trump administration, which has been unpopular with many Republicans.
“Jeb has a clear and compelling conservative agenda that puts American families first, and a strong and stable GOP Senate and a House is essential for America’s future,” Kasich stated in a statement released on Monday.
We can’t get distracted from what we’ve got to do to help the American people succeed.””
As we move forward, we can’t continue to fight each other over our policy differences.
We can’t get distracted from what we’ve got to do to help the American people succeed.”