Kasich talks politics, economy and a presidential run on TV


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ohio Gov. John Kasich didn't flatly rule out running for president in 2016 when questioned on national television.

Kasich told an interviewer on "Fox News Sunday" that he was "flattered" that people talk about him as a potential presidential candidate.

But he said his focus now is on being re-elected and on Ohio.

The Republican governor spent much of the interview Sunday talking about his administration's policies that he says have spurred job growth.

"I mean I don't know how many times I have to say this, I'm flattered about the fact that people talk about my running for president," Kasich told interviewer Chris Wallace.

"You know, I tried to run for president in the 2000 election and nobody would pay any attention. Now all I'm focused on is Ohio and everybody wants to talk about something else. So, I'm here in Ohio.

Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald's campaign said in a release Sunday that Kasich's jobs creation agency has created no measurable growth.

Kasich also was questioned about failed efforts to limit public employees' collective bargaining rights. Voters rejected that proposal at the polls in 2011.

The governor said he won't renew that fight, adding "the voters spoke."

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