BY SALENA ZITO email@example.com
This is one in a series of blog posts from the road as Tribune-Review national politics reporter Salena Zito and photographer Stephanie Strasburg travel around South Carolina talking to voters in advance of the primary elections there.
GOOSE CREEK, S.C. – Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Tuesday announced a slate of foreign policy and security advisers that seems a clear attempt to win over traditional Republican voters who remain lukewarm to Jeb Bush or who are actively seeking an alternative.
Kasich’s list includes such stolid Republican political names as John Sununu of New Hampshire, Trent Lott of Mississippi and Bob Walker of Pennsylvania. It also includes heavyweights like Richard Allen, National Security Adviser to Ronald Reagan, and Alvin Krongard, who ran day-to-day operations at the CIA under George W. Bush from 2001 to 2004.
The list is long, and it helps solidify for Kasich the credentials that will attract traditional conservatives and military people in this state that’s home to The Citadel.
The most recent polls in South Carolina show that Kasich has gone from 2 percent last Tuesday to 12 percent, within striking distance of Bush.
That’s what a surge sounds like.
Now Kasich is sealing the deal with undecided voters who have lost faith in Bush.
UPDATE: Tuesday afternoon, the Kasich campaign announced that Trent Duffy, who served in the West Wing under George W. Bush as both White House Deputy Press Secretary and Communications Director for the White House Office of Management and Budget, had also joined the campaign.
There are a lot of voters here casting about for someone else with the leadership qualities that were promised by Bush but that he’s been unable to deliver. Bush appeared to gain little ground Monday night when his brother appeared for the first time to stump for him explicitly.
There’s a surprising number of Kasich supporters here who were once for Bush.
The Kasich camp has sensed this shift and have doubled down to emphasize his experience with foreign policy, to attract the military voter, and to fill the void left by a faltering campaign.
Kasich’s list of advisors:
Richard V. Allen
Former National Security Advisor to President Reagan; Foreign Policy Advisor to Richard Nixon; Deputy Director, Council on International Economic Policy; Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Alvin “Buzzy” Krongard
Former Executive Director, Central Intelligence Agency; Former Chairman and CEO, Alex. Brown & Sons
William Schneider, Jr.
Former Under Secretary of State; Former Chairman, Defense Science Board; Deputy Director, Office of Management and Budget, Defense
Charles King Mallory, IV
National Security Policy Coordinator; Former Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Department of State; CEO, The Aspen Institute Germany
The Hon. Trent Lott
Former Senator, MS, Majority Leader
The Hon. Gordon J. Humphrey
Former Senator, NH,; Armed Services Committee, Foreign Relations Committee
The Hon. John E. Sununu
Former Senator, NH; Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Foreign Relations Committee
The Hon. Pete Hoekstra
Former Member, US House of Representatives, MI; Chair, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
The Hon. Jim Kolbe
Former Member, US House of Representatives, AZ; Former Chair, House Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs
The Hon. Christopher Shays
Former Member, US House of Representatives, CT; Chairman, Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security Homeland Security Committee
The Hon. Bob Walker
Former Member, US House of Representatives, PA; Deputy Chief Whip; Chairman, Committee on Science, Space and Technology
Bruce E. Bechtol
Professor, Department of Security Studies and Criminal Justice, Angelo State University
Former Chief, Russia Analysis Group, Central Intelligence Agency
Professor, Maxwell School, Syracuse University
Frank J. Cilluffo
Director, Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, George Washington University; Former Special Assistant to President George W. Bush for Homeland Security
Former Counsel, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, Department of Justice
Ambassador, Former National Mission Manager, Counterproliferation, North Korea, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Former Pentagon Official; Author, Over the Line: North Korea’s Negotiating Strategy
Tagore Professor, Department of Political Science, Indiana University, Bloomington
Carol A. Haave
Former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Counterintelligence and Security
Former Vice President for Operations and Compact Development, Millennium Challenge Corporation
Former Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy, Libya
Director, Center for Security Studies, Security Studies Program, Georgetown University
Donald N. Jensen
Senior Fellow, Center for Transatlantic Relations, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
David S. Maxwell
Associate Director, Center for Security Studies, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
Brig. General R. Tipton Osterthaler
USAF (Retired), Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Policy; Vice Commander, Air Intelligence Agency
Director of Congressional and Government Relations, International Republican Institute
Herman Pirchner, Jr.
President, American Foreign Policy Council
Samantha F. Ravich
Former Principal Deputy National Security Advisor to Vice President Cheney; Co-Chair, National Commission for the Review of Research & Development in the U.S. Intelligence Community
Ambassador, Former Director, Policy Planning, Department of State
Author and former Moscow Correspondent, The Financial Times
Partner, Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield, Byers
Capt. Rinehart Wilke
USN (Retired), Former Chief of Staff, USS Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (CSG-12)