Ohio Governor John Kasich Returns to NHIOP, Speaks on New Book

April 28, 2017

By Katelyn Ellison

On Thursday, April 27, 2017, Ohio Governor John Kasich returned to the New Hampshire Institute of Politics to speak on his recent book, Two Paths: America Divided or United. Governor Kasich spoke at several Institute events during his run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, including a Politics & Eggs breakfast.

Speaking to a room of over 150 students, alumni, community members, and several former fellow congressmen, Gov. Kasich began by thanking the people of New Hampshire for their support during his presidential bid; many of those who worked for his campaign returned for this event. Samuel Ennis, a sophomore politics major from Bethel, Vt., introduced Kasich. Ennis serves as a Kevin B. Harrington Student Ambassador, but also interned on Kasich's presidential campaign.

Kasich touched on many points throughout his speech, including why he wasn't more successful in his endeavor for the presidential nomination. "In the course of running for president, I was so boring, and boring didn't cut it," he explained with good humor.

His main message and the foundation of his book, however, was that people need to start looking beyond themselves to fix America's problems. "We need to live a life a little bigger than ourselves," he said, and added that Two Paths is "a compilation of 28 ½ years of being in public life."

Following his talk, Kasich took numerous questions from audience members, including one from alumnus Zachary Camenker '16, a current seventh grade English teacher, who is concerned about public education. The Governor's advice to him was to focus on what is happening within his school rather than what is happening in Washington. He advocated for an increase in online education and more opportunities for students at the middle and high school level to spend time in the workforce.

Kasich spoke with attendees as he signed copies of his book for them, and at one point he talked via FaceTime with a Saint Anselm College student's parent. He then signed event programs after the books sold out. Madison Mangels (also a sophomore politics major) from Amityville, N.Y, enjoyed attending the event. "Governor Kasich was the only candidate I didn't get to meet during the primary," she explained. "I'm happy that he returned to campus."