(WASHINGTONPOST) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he plans to decide whether to run for president based heavily on whether he thinks he can raise enough money to compete for the GOP nomination.
"If I should be successful in raising sort of that seed money, then I think the next step is to see if people like what I have to say," Kasich told CNN's "State of the Union." "And then, I think it's going to be to find out around the country whether I can raise enough to compete, at least in the early states. And if that works, I am likely to go forward."
Kasich recently moved closer to a 2016 run by launching a tax-exempt group that will allow him to raise money as he weighs his future. The Ohioan could become a factor in an already crowded field of GOP candidates and prospective contenders. He hails from a crucial swing state and has dramatically improved his political standing at home in recent years.
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