Updated Wed, Jul 9, 2014 10:35 am
The state’s most visible Republican said he’s thrilled that the Republican National Committee has chosen Cleveland as the site of its 2016 convention.
Republican Gov. John Kasich, who’s long been rumored to be considering a run for president in 2016, was at a campaign event in Cincinnati when he got the news. Kasich said choosing Ohio shows the GOP is stepping out of its comfort zone.
“To be able to present a Republican Party that’s strong economically but cares about people who live in the shadows – it’s such a message that the Republicans have not had. And we’re doing it.”
But Kasich’s Democratic opponent this fall, Cuyahoga County executive Ed FitzGerald, said in a statement that the choice is a tribute to the hard work he and other Democrats have done in turning the area around.