- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who is scheduled to be in the early caucus state of Iowa Wednesday, says former President George W. Bush was a “steamroller” during the 2000 presidential election cycle, when Mr. Kasich ran briefly but dropped out.

Asked by the Des Moines Register what made him drop out early in 2000, Mr. Kasich said: “Because I couldn’t win. I didn’t have any money, and I was just a young congressman at that point. George Bush was a steamroller, and he steamrolled all the way through. And I didn’t want to be pursuing something that I didn’t think I could win.”

Mr. Kasich said a few weeks ago in New Hampshire that he didn’t think he was going to be back up there again because of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, “the brother of the 43rd president,” who officially entered the presidential race last week and is expected to be a formidable fundraiser.

“I didn’t think I was going to be back up here again because frankly, I thought Jeb was just going to suck all the air out of the room, and it just hasn’t happened,” Mr. Kasich told a group of business leaders before quickly adding “no hit on you, Jeb!”

Mr. Kasich, who is laying the groundwork for another possible White House run, told the Register it’s yet to be decided how much he’ll put into Iowa.

“But I’m coming to Iowa because I want to show respect to the people of Iowa,” he said.

• David Sherfinski can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

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