Ohio Gov. John Kasich Announces Race To White House

| by Reuters

Ohio Gov. John Kasich announces his entry to the 2016 race for the White House on Tuesday (July 21) at an event at the Ohio State University in Columbus.

"I have the experience and the testing -- the testing which shapes you and prepares you for the most important job in the world. And I believe I know how to work and help restore this great United States," said Kasich.

Kasich is the 16th Republican to announce his candidacy.

Likely to be the last prominent Republican to join, Kasich starts from back in the field and will need to make a mark quickly to qualify for the party's first debate on August 6.

As the popular governor of an important swing state, the former U.S. congressman has a record in both Washington and Ohio that could make him a heavyweight candidate.

A moderate Republican with a reputation for bluntness, Kasich ranks 14th out of 16 Republican candidates in a Reuters/Ipsos online poll, and he is in 12th place in the RealClearPolitics average of polls.