Kasich’s April book will draw contrasts with Trump

Kasich’s April book will draw contrasts with Trump
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Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) has set a release date for an upcoming book that’s expected to be critical of President Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpMia Love pulls ahead in Utah race as judge dismisses her lawsuit Trump administration denies exploring extradition of Erdoğan foe for Turkey Trump congratulates Kemp, says Abrams will have 'terrific political future' MORE

"Two Paths: America Divided or United," will hit bookshelves on April 25. 

The title comes from a speech Kasich made last year, during his unsuccessful quest for the Republican presidential nomination, when he attempted to draw a sharp contrast between his optimistic perspective and that of Trump's, which he branded as divisive. 

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"Maybe like me you've become frustrated at the tone of our national conversation," Kasich writes in an excerpt provided to the Washington Post, which first reported the release date. "How did this happen? When did this happen? And, what are we going to do about it?"

Kasich promised to write the book after dropping out of the race in April as the last of 16 candidates standing against Trump. The popular Ohio governor, who currently has a 58 percent approval rating in the Buckeye State, would not endorse Trump and did not speak at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last July. 

"How can I let an experience like this not be written about? I expect to, hopefully, meet with publishers in the next three weeks or so and talk about the country, the direction, how we got here and what the future is," Kasich said last May.

Kasich's book, his fourth, will also "take aim" at media bias, "fake news" and congressional gerrymandering, according to publisher Thomas Dunne Books.

The book is likely to fuel speculation that Kasich will challenge Trump in 2020, but the governor has downplayed talk of a primary challenge. 

"That question is so out there it doesn't even dignify a response," he said in an interview Sunday. "Sometimes an administration has to get its sea legs and figure out how to function."