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If he were forced to pick a presidential candidate today, basketball legend Charles Barkley says he would vote for Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
“Right now, I like John Kasich, the governor of Ohio,” Barkley said on ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike” on Wednesday. “He’s the only person that I’m really paying attention to right now, to be honest with you.”
“I want to vote Democratic, because I think they … are more open-minded,” Barkley continued. “But right now, if I had to vote today, I would probably vote for John Kasich — but I haven’t made a decision.”
Of the potential Democratic nominees, Barkley did not list former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) among his favorites, instead referencing Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro as "the only two Democrats that I would vote for."
Barkley, who is also a host on TNT’s “Inside the NBA,” told Sports Illustrated earlier this year that he also liked former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Barkley played 16 seasons in the NBA, winning the Most Valuable Player award in 1993 and making the All-Star Game 11 times. He also won two Olympic gold medals and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Kasich sits in ninth place in the GOP presidential race, according to a RealClearPolitics average of polls.