Gov. John Kasich to visit U.Va. Miller Center

Presidential hopeful will appear on "American Forum" Feb. 22


“That’s one of the things [Kasich] is talking about, bringing some civility back to American politics,” Blackmon said.

Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich is scheduled to appear Feb. 22 before a live audience at the University’s Miller Center of Public Affairs for a taping of an interview with “American Forum.” The show will air Feb. 28, two days prior to Super Tuesday, when several presidential primaries are to be held.

Hosted by Douglas Blackmon — a Pulitzer Prize-winning former editor and correspondent at The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post — “American Forum” is the Miller Center’s weekly public affairs television program.

“We’ll ask him some of the obvious things that are being talked about in the campaign right now [like] his position on replacement for Supreme Court Justice [Antonin] Scalia,” Blackmon said.

Additionally, Blackmon said he plans to address issues not covered extensively in the news which reflect the work of the Miller Center and scholarship at the University.

“At the Miller Center, we have a project called the First Year about the challenges faced during the first year of presidency,” he said. “So we’ll bring some of the research we’ve done about that into the dialogue with him.”

Blackmon said he hopes to focus the talk primarily on the state of the Republican Party.

“That’s one of the things [Kasich] is talking about, bringing some civility back to American politics,” Blackmon said. “So we’ll want to talk to him about … how he believes he can help to bridge some of those divisions and make all of our politics less divisive and bigger.”

All Republican and Democratic presidential candidates have been invited to appear on “American Forum.” Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., appeared on the program in September 2015.

“We invited all of the presidential candidates … making it clear we would love to have any of them appear on the show at any point during the campaign,” Blackmon said. “We hope there could be more, it just depends on how things develop.”

The taping is open to the public, with limited seating. A live web stream will be broadcast at the Miller Center and viewers can also access the program through their local PBS station. Following the event, Kasich will be available for additional questions from the media.

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