An Ohio-based tea party activist says Gov. John Kasich has made a serious effort to prepare for a possible 2020 presidential run.
The Ohio governor recently discussed a possible White House run, telling ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" that "we're seriously thinking about it."
During an interview on Fox News, President Donald Trump said he welcomed the idea of the soon-to-be ex-governor of Ohio challenging him in 2020.
Tom Zawistowski, executive director of the Portage County Tea Party, says it's unclear so far if Kasich will challenge Trump as a Republican or run as an independent.
"We've looked at this," he says, "and we've said, Okay, if he runs as an independent, for instance, in the General Election, then we think he would take as many votes from Democrats as he would from Trump. And so we don't know if that will have any real effect. But it depends on who the Democratic nominee is."
The tea party leader says Kasich's plans should be taken seriously since he has traveled to New Hampshire, an early primary state, and is constantly criticizing the president.
"He makes a living going on left-wing fake news to trash the president," Zawistowski says. "So his intentions are clear."