Kasich, Dem governor mull unity ticket in 2020: report

Two governors are mulling a bipartisan presidential bid in 2020 to challenge President Trump, according to a new report.

Axios reported on Friday that Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) are mulling a presidential bid in 2020, with Kasich likely at the top of the ticket. According to a source close to the negotiations, the discussions arose after the two governors got to know each other in conferences after the 2016 elections.

It also cited as evidence of a potential bipartisan ticket Kasich's invitation to Hickenlooper to visit New Hampshire, the state where Kasich came in second place during the early days of the 2016 GOP primary.

Kasich has been one of the GOP's most outspoken critics of Trump, while Hickenlooper has been seen as a potential 2020 Democratic candidate.

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According to the Axios report, the pair could run on state-centered improvements to the United States' healthcare system, as well as an economic message of job training and trade reform.

Axios also reports that the two governors are in talks with major media companies about launching a talk show to cement their brand as bipartisan governors who work across the aisle.

"The two are talking to major media companies about a possible podcast or cable show to continue cementing their brand. Their conversations would include politics, policy, and pop culture," the report reads.

One top Democratic strategist quoted by Axios didn't see the proposition as likely, saying no Democrats want Kasich "anywhere near" them.

"No Dem wants Kasich anywhere near our ticket. Sounds like a No Labels fantasy, but moderate Dems would hate it," the strategist said, referring to the bipartisan advocacy group founded in 2010.