Gov. John Kasich officially enters 2016 presidential race

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Gov. John Kasich officially announced his run for the White House on Tuesday, joining 15 other Republican candidates.

Kasich spoke at his alma mater, the Ohio State University, with his family by his side.

"I am here to ask you for your prayers, your support," Kasich said, "Because I have decided to run for President of the United States."

The governor addressed a variety of topics, including education, health care, unemployment and the recent deadly shootings in Tennessee. He touted his $5 billion in tax cuts and job-creation rate.

"We are going to take the lessons of the heartland and straighten out Washington D.C.," Kasich told supporters.

The DNC released the following statement to FOX 8 in response to Governor Kasich's announcement:

"We've seen John Kasich's pro-John Kasich policies in action, and we deserve better. John Kasich is simply out of touch with today`s middle class and working Americans.

Adding insult to injury, he brings more of the same divisive rhetoric and policies that are already prevalent among his fifteen fellow contenders, which is the last thing America needs."

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On Monday, the governor's campaign released a "sneak peek" of a new logo:

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