- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Thursday that his recent visits to early presidential primary states have felt “pretty good,” though he’s not ready to make any announcements on a potential White House run.

The two-term Republican governor heads back to South Carolina and New Hampshire next week as he considers a presidential bid. He also is scheduled to speak Monday to a meeting of the Detroit Economic Club.

Kasich visited New Hampshire last month in his first political appearance in the state since he flirted with a White House run more than 15 years ago.

The governor told reporters after a Statehouse event in Columbus that he was keeping his options open.

Asked what insight he hoped to gain from the primary-state trips, Kasich said: “Well, we’ll see if they like me. I think that’d be an important thing.”

He said he also wants to see how it feels. “So far, you know, it all feels pretty - pretty good.”

Kasich plans to attend the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit in New Hampshire on April 18 after visiting South Carolina.

Kasich, 62, briefly sought the 2000 presidential nomination when then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush emerged as a force in Republican politics.

He said his trips have provided a good opportunity to talk about his work in Ohio and leadership as he sees it.

“Cause I think there’s one thing the country needs, it’s to end all this division,” Kasich said. “You know, when you’re divided as a country, you can’t solve some of your biggest problems.”

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