Ohio Gov. John Kasich participates in a discussion as part of the Brookings Institution's Middle Class Initiative in Washington, DC. Kasich, a Republican, and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, participated in the discussion and found common ground on issues related to the economy, trade, education and other areas. Both governors are seen as potential 2020 presidential candidates.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich participates in a discussion as part of the Brookings Institution's Middle Class Initiative in Washington, DC. Kasich, a Republican, and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, participated in the discussion and found common ground on issues related to the economy, trade, education and other areas. Both governors are seen as potential 2020 presidential candidates.

Former Ohio governor John Kasich doesn’t want you to wait for Washington.

After resigning from office following two terms as the governor of the Buckeye State, Kasich will release a new book later this month called “It’s Up To Us: Ten Little Ways We Can Bring About Big Change.”

He says Washington politicians, specifically the president, don’t really affect the daily life of the average American citizen. Kasich argues that American citizens should be making a difference where they live and work right now.

He wrote an op-ed for USA TODAY about it:

Each of us has the ability to make as much of an impact in our communities as the president is able to make on a national or international scale. As a nation of caring, thinking, feeling people, we are not power¬less in the grand scheme of our democracy; in fact, we can be profoundly powerful, in small ways that can have an enormous impact on the lives all around us.

What’s the best way for Americans to make a tangible difference now? When should Americans look to Washington?

Produced by Stacia Brown.

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  • John Kasich Former governor of Ohio; author of "It's Up to Us: Ten Little Ways We Can Bring About Big Change"; @JohnKasich

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