Reagan's son endorses Kasich

Former President Ronald Reagan’s son endorsed John Kasich’s presidential bid, his campaign announced Saturday.


The Republican presidential candidates frequently invoke the former president and praise Reagan’s leadership and policies.

Michael Reagan highlighted Kasich’s experience as a congressman and governor and cited him as a presidential hopeful that can perpetuate his father’s political legacy.

"You see many Republicans claiming the label of 'Reagan conservative' but not many whose leadership truly embodies my father's principles and spirit. Gov. John Kasich is a noteworthy exception,” Reagan said in a statement. 

“I'm confident that his record of success, his vision for America and his ability to bring people together is exactly what our country needs in the midst of division and uncertainty,” he added. “To continue my father's great legacy, I'm proud to endorse John Kasich for President of the United States."

Kasich, who hasn't won a state yet this primary season, is pinning his hopes on his home state of Ohio, which holds its winner-take-all primary on March 15.

The Ohio governor has argued that his campaign will fare better as the race shifts to more Midwest states like Michigan, where a poll released Saturday showed him edging out GOP front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpJudge rules to not release Russia probe documents over Trump tweets Trump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida MORE.