John Kasich Becomes the 16th GOP Candidate for President

The Ohio governor enters as an underdog in the crowded Republican field

"It's the challenges that make you better. I have lived through them, and I have become stronger for them, and American has become stronger for them," Kasich said.

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A social conservative known for his brusque personality, Kasich has enjoyed a long career in public service, winning election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982 and eventually serving as chairman of the Budget Committee from 1995 to 2000. He left Congress to run unsuccessfully for president in 2000; 10 years later, he took office as governor of Ohio in 2011.

That comports with his ranking in other major national polls, meaning Kasich is on the cusp of Fox's cutoff for the first nationally televised debate between GOP presidential candidates on Aug. 6, where the top 10 candidates in an average of the five latest national polls will be invited onstage.