Charles Djou announces support for Ohio Gov. John Kasich in presidential race

Published: Jan. 7, 2016 at 1:07 PM HST|Updated: Jan. 7, 2016 at 1:11 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Charles Djou is supporting Ohio Gov. John Kasich for president, the Republican politician announced Thursday morning on a Hawaii radio station.

"I believe we need new leadership in Washington, D.C.," Djou said on the Mike Buck Show on KHNR. "He doesn't view the presidency as an extension of a reality TV show."

Djou said his support for Kasich isn't out of political calculation, but he "sincerely believes he's the best person to be the next president," he said as he expressed his disappointment with the lack of leadership, finger-pointing and blame games in Washington.

He said the country needs real, constructive solutions without the theatrics, which is why he touted Kasich, also a Republican.

Djou's announcement came after he stirred up a buzz on social media, posting on Facebook that he would "announce my plans with the 2016 elections," alluding to a potential run for office. However, that was not the case.

During his interview, Djou also stressed the need for a more bipartisan delegation, which is what Hawaii lacks since its current delegation is made up entirely of Democrats.

"If you really want to make a difference you need a bipartisan delegation," Djou said, pointing to his years in Congress, from 2010 to 2011,  in which he said he believed he was effective because there were two voices.

In 2014, Djou lost against Mark Takai in the race for Congress. In addition to serving as U.S. representative for Hawaii's 1st congressional district from 2010 through 2011, he also served in the state House of Representatives and the Honolulu City Council.

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