(Columbus) - Gov. John Kasich denied he's thinking about a run for the White House and talked about his formula for making Ohio a better place during an exclusive interview with 610 WTVN's Joel Riley.
The Republican Governor of Ohio says he's still continuing to push for Medicaid expansion in Ohio because it's the right thing to do.
"We have an opportunity to solve some of...or try to fight some of the problems we have in our state by getting some of our money back from Washington," Kasich said noting that he doesn't want to build a dependency program, but rather one that helps people get on their feet to support themselves.
Medicaid expansion isn't a popular move with many in Kasich's own party. They see it as supporting President Obama's Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare. Kasich says he's no supporter of Obama's plan and thinks it will do more harm than good when it comes to health care costs.
"It's clear that there are going to be some significant increases for some of the businesses that we have in our state and across our country," he said.
Kasich has also recently taken up a push for the federal government to balance its budget. It's something he oversaw while in Congress and chairman of the House Finance Committee. Kasich wants other states to join the fight to get Congress to approve a constitutional amendment mandating a balanced budget.
"If we can get this thing jumpstarted and impose a balanced budget program on the Congress it's going to help all of us," he said.
Many see Kasich's pushing for a national issue as a sign he may be considering a run for the White House. It's speculation that Kasich continues to deny.
"I'm happy to be doing what I'm doing here. We've got a long way to go, but this is my mission right now," Kasich said.
Kasich told Riley that those who talk about him running for president "don't understand my motivations and understand what I'm all about."
Ohio's success is something Kasich likes to talk about and he says the formula for him is simple.
"Build a strong economy. Build up the job creation in our state so families are stronger and then reach out to people who have less and try to invite them to the growing economy of our state and it should apply across the country," he said.
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