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It's been reported that the talks about a joint ticket with Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) is just that, a lot of talk. But in a recent report by the Axios media outlet titled: "Kasich, Hickenlooper eye joint 2020 bid", the article combines a series of details that frame the possibility of their joint candidacy being very real. The article mentioned that a veteran "operative" had chimed in saying that the political system is broken and that something like this joint venture is very necessary, that something "big" has to happen.

Bridging political divisions

That unnamed "operative" - as Axios puts it - is referring to the political divisions between Democrats and Republicans where one continues to obstruct the other.

While this has been developing for decades and through different administrations, the obstruction we see today was fueled during the Obama administration when Republicans were in the minority and refused to work with the nation's first black president. That obstruction was lit by a "match" brought by the right-wing extremism of the Tea Party which was helped by many Republicans who wanted to "start a fire" in politics which further incited the divisions we see today.

Kasich promotes bipartisanship

Now as a result, with a weaponized voice for right-wing extremism in the White House named Donald Trump, Democrats and Republicans continue to wage war with each other through legislation, especially over the Affordable Care Act (ACA) otherwise known as Obamacare. Governor Kasich himself has continued to make a bipartisan effort to move on healthcare, even saying that if it took government healthcare to get coverage for everyone, then he was for it.

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This has made him unpopular in the Republican Party and it has made him a target. Prior to the final defeat of Republican efforts to repeal the ACA, Trump's top aides reportedly traveled to a convention for governors.

Vice-President Mike Pence attacked Kasich's effort at the convention to expand Medicare in his state, claiming that thousands of disabled people were still on waiting lists which Kasich called him out for. Pence's claim had already been debunked and left many governors scratching their heads. But the Axios report says that in Kasich's and Hickenlooper's efforts to work together, they have formed a bipartisan effort with 11 governors for healthcare reform. Aside from this, they are also reportedly speaking with media companies for a podcast and are making more ambitious efforts to expand their campaign.