Former Ohio Gov. and 2016 GOP presidential candidate John Kasich has announced a new political group called “Two Paths America,” with fellow Republican former Govs. Rick Snyder and Arnold Schwarzenegger on board as part of the group’s advisory committee.
Two Paths America is a 501(c)4 organization that does not have to disclose political donors.
The group is titled after a 2017 Kasich book called “Two Paths: America United or Divided” that fueled speculation the former governor could mount a primary challenge to President Donald Trump. (The committee also features former Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, who has been outspoken in his efforts to recruit a Republican Trump challenger.)
Two Paths describes its 12 advisory committee members, including Michigan’s Snyder and California’s Schwarzenegger, as “a dozen of America’s most prominent thought leaders” who will help “promote center-right solutions to some of the major issues facing our nation.”
National security, a balanced budget, “community and citizenship,” and energy — pursued as “a tool of economic growth” — were listed as top committee “projects” on the Two Paths for America website.
Kasich is slated to speak next month in Michigan at the Mackinac Policy Conference.
“After the midterm elections, and a lack of innovative policy ideas coming out of Washington, it’s become increasingly clear that we need to design center-right solutions on issues that will improve the lives of Americans,” Jo Ann Davidson, Republican former speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives and Two Paths America board member, said in a statement on the group’s website.
“America is hungry for some conservative ideas and these respected thought leaders are determined to help find some new and innovative ideas.”