Nobody Who CNN Interviews in Central Park Knows Who John Kasich Is

• April 19, 2016 1:51 pm


Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R.) doesn't have strong prospects if a CNN segment asking Central Park venturers whether they recognized him is any indication.

"Ohio Gov. John Kasich's face stumped our folks the most," CNN's Randi Kaye said.

One girl thought Kasich was Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor who exited the race in February. Another pair knew his name started with a K, but one of them thought his first name was George.

"Starts with a K … Ka-not going to win," a man said. "There you go. Ka-not going to win. Starts with a K."

They also struggled to figure out how exactly to say his last name before finally arriving at Kasich, which is pronounced Kay-SICK. His name is frequently mispronounced as Kay-SITCH, but the candidate has reminded people that it rhymes with "basic."

Even a woman who pronounced Kasich the best of the three remaining Republican candidates could not land on his exact name.

"He does seem like the sanest of the three frontrunners because he's not nuts," the woman said.

"What's his first name?" Kaye asked.

"I don't know," she said.

All the people asked to participate recognized billionaire Donald Trump, who's expected to roll to victory in Tuesday's New York primary. Kasich has only won one primary, his home state of Ohio, and despite being one of three remaining Republican candidates, he still lags behind at fourth in the delegate count.

The liberal-dominated area largely recognized and had favorable things to say about Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), the two remaining candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination. Both of them have strong New York ties, as Clinton represented the state in the U.S. Senate and Sanders was born and raised in Brooklyn.

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