An independent ticket for 2020? Why it's more than political gossip.

8/31/2017 - Professor of Political Science Walter Stone in the Christian Science Monitor.

“Kasich-Hickenlooper 2020” wouldn’t fit on a bumper sticker, John Kasich quipped on NBC’s “Meet the Press” recently. But seriously, the Republican governor of Ohio was asked, are he and the Democratic governor of Colorado really thinking of mounting an independent bid for president?

“The answer is no,” Governor Kasich said, responding to reports that just such a “unity ticket” may be in the works.

“There’s a temptation to think of the center as a natural constituency for a ticket like this, one that would present itself as bridging the partisan divide,” says Walter Stone, a political scientist at the University of California, Davis, and co-author of the book Three’s a Crowd: The Dynamic of Third Parties, Ross Perot, and Republican Resurgence.

But the reality isn’t so simple, Mr. Stone says.

Read the full story in the Christian Science Monitor.