Kasich: 'I don't know' if I'm running for president

Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) left the door open Monday to a presidential run in the near future.

"I don't know," Kasich told the panel on "The View," when asked if he would run for president after he steps down as governor in January.  "I mean all of my options are on the table."

Kasich said it would be "pretty hard" to run as a Republican because that's "locked down."

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"But I think for the first time, there is a legitimate chance for a third party candidate," he said.

"Because if you have the Republicans on the extreme and the Democrats on the extreme, there is a big wide open space in the middle," he explained.

"So all of my options are on the table."

Kasich was defeated in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries by Donald TrumpDonald TrumpHillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Twitter's algorithm boosts right-leaning content, internal study finds Ohio Democrat calls Vance an 'ass----' over Baldwin tweet Matt Taibbi says Trump's rhetoric caused public perception of US intelligence services to shift MORE, who ultimately defeated Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonI voted for Trump in 2020 — he proved to be the ultimate RINO in 2021 Neera Tanden tapped as White House staff secretary Meghan McCain: 'SNL' parodies made me feel like 'laughing stock of the country' MORE in the national elections.

Kasich was one of the last GOP primary candidates besides Trump and has been an outspoken critic of Trump since his election.

While most conservatives seem prepped to back Trump in his 2020 reelection bid, some of the president's other passionate critics among Republicans have voiced an interest in someone challenging him.

"I do hope that somebody does run in the primary against the president. I think the Republicans need to be reminded of what conservatism really is and what it means to be decent, and we haven’t had that kind of politics lately,” retiring Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeFlake donating unused campaign funds to Arizona nonprofit focused on elections: report Biden nominates former Sen. Tom Udall as New Zealand ambassador Biden to nominate Jane Hartley as UK ambassador: report MORE (R-Ariz.) said last month.