John Kasich

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John Kasich is the former Governor of Ohio who ran for the Republican Presidential nominee for the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. He was the most popular governor in the country[2] and has a long history of bipartisanship.[3] He's a known policy wonk[4] and fan of the Grateful Dead.Wikipedia's W.svg[5] He's been compared to Jon HuntsmanWikipedia's W.svg[6] (though he's mostly to the right of Huntsman). For the 2016 race, despite his strong record, he is simply too moderate for the GOP - or a RINO, depending on your views. He is known for his passionate hatred for the film FargoWikipedia's W.svg.[7][8]

The Good[edit]

  • Expanded Medicaid in Ohio since he realized through math that it would actually be a benefit to his state.[9] To his credit, the percentage of uninsured Ohioans dropped from 17% to 11%.[10]
  • He supports criminal justice and prison reform.[11]. He believes that the prison system is too large and took steps as Governor of Ohio such sending those convicted of 4th and 5th degree felonies to halfway homes instead of prison.[12]
  • He used to be strongly opposed to but has since taken a moderately conservative stance on gay marriage, saying that while he's still for "traditional marriage" he accepts the Supreme Court's ruling on the issue and doesn't seem interested in pressing the issue any further.[13] He criticised Kim Davis (who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples) and said she should follow the law.[14]
  • In 2016, Kasich refused to endorse Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and did not vote for him in the 2016 election (he reportedly cast a write-in vote for John McCain instead).[15]
  • He believes the Black Lives Matter movement has legitimate grievances.[16]

The Bad[edit]

  • Slowly leading Ohio to be one of the most anti-abortion states in the country, almost surpassing Texas.[17]
  • Supports schools teaching Intelligent Design.[18]
  • Said marijuana is as bad as heroin.[19]
  • During his first year as Governor of Ohio, he proposed a bill (Senate Bill 5, or SB5) stripping collective bargaining rights and benefits from public employees. SB5 went even further than the similar Act 10 bill proposed (and ultimately passed) by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (!) by including police officers and firefighters among the public employees who would have been affected by the bill. Ultimately, SB5 was overturned by public referendum, and Kasich has tried to bury the issue ever since.

Climate change[edit]

The fact is that you can have a strong environmental policy at the same time that you have strong economic growth; they are not inconsistent with one another.
—John Kasich[20]

Kasich has been frustratingly inconsistent in his attitude towards accepting anthropogenic climate change. He accepts that climate change is real and has noted that humans contribute to it but says the extent of human impact is unknown.[20][21][22] He admitted he does not know enough about it and believes "we shouldn't worship the environment".[21] To his credit, he does support taking action to address climate change[20] but does not think the EPA should regulate emissions.[11]

The smoke-filled room is back[edit]

Kasich, who needed 110% of remaining delegates to win nomination after his lone Ohio primary victory in 2016, made no bones about remaining in the race and driving it to an open convention. Like his predecessor, Ohio boss Warren Harding, the two have become a byword for the proverbial "smoke-filled room" selection of presidential nominees. Granted that the other options were Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, and Kasich was clearly more qualified than Harding, this was one of those peculiar cases where blatant corruption would've been a good thing.

Kasich has the distinction of being the last of the Republican contenders to suspend his campaign when he dropped out on May 4, 2016, one day after Ted Cruz.[23]

External links[edit]


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  14. Kate Davidson & Andrew Ackerman, John Kasich Says Kentucky Clerk Should Follow Law on Gay Marriage, Wall Street Journal (September 6, 2015).
  15. Henry J. Gomez. "John Kasich follows through on vow not to vote for Donald Trump, writes in John McCain instead". Retrieved 2016-12-23. 
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  23. jJohn Kasich Drops Out of Presidential Race New York Times
United States 2016 presidential election articles on RationalWiki
Topics: Affordable Care Act - Citizens United v. FEC - DAESH - Gun control - Illegal immigration - Koch Industries - United States Electoral College - Trump's Wall
Parties: Democratic Party (primaries) - Green Party - Libertarian Party - Republican Party (primaries Convention Tea Party)
Candidates: Bush (R) - Carson (R) - Christie (R) - Clinton (D) - Cruz (R) - Huckabee (R) - Jindal (R) - Johnson (Lib) - Kasich (R) - Paul (R) - Perry (R) - Sanders (D) - Stein (Green) - Trump (R) - Walker (R) - Webb (D) Running mates: Kaine (D) - Pence (R)
Winner: Donald Trump