GOP ex-Gov John Kasich, who ran against Trump in 2016 primary, ‘set to speak at DEMOCRATIC convention for Joe Biden’ – The Sun

JOHN Kasich, the former governor of Ohio who ran for the Republican nomination against President Trump in 2016, will reportedly speak at the Democratic National Convention in support of Joe Biden.

Kasich has long been a critic of Trump's time in the White House, but the move to support the Democratic nominee is still an unexpected one for the lifelong Republican.

He is one of a number of high-profile Republicans who are expected to work against Trump's re-election campaign as the 2020 election draws closer, according to the Associated Press.

The former governor's 2016 campaign manager, John Weaver, co-founded the Lincoln Project – which is already airing anti-Trump ads. Plus, ex-Ohio GOP chair Matt Borges, an ally of Kasich's, has reportedly formed a pro-Biden super PAC.

A Kasich spokesperson declined to confirm whether he would be speaking at the August DNC, according to

Biden's team also did not confirm whether Kasich specifically would be speaking at the DNC, but deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield did say that they have started working with both Republicans and progressives.

"In terms of Republican supporters, I think it speaks to a career of being able to work across the aisle, of being able to actually get things done," Bedingfield said.

"We welcome the support of anybody who'd rather see Joe Biden be president than Donald Trump."

The DNC will be held the week of August 17.

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