Ohio Gov. John Kasich entered the race on July 21. He’s served in that capacity since 2011, and served in the US House as well, where his focus was on balancing the federal budget. He also ran for the White House in 2000.
Kasich’s track record on budget issues are mixed. While in the House, he fought to reduce spending. Unfortunately, that hasn’t carried over to his time in the Governor’s mansion. While he reduced spending at first, his more recent proposals have included a 40% increase in the general budget. He’s ranked at the bottom of Republican governors for fiscal responsibility by the Cato Institute, and even scored lower than eight Democratic governors.
He’s supported banning federal funds from going to schools which discriminate against religious meetings, backed federal term limits, supported ending federal funds for presidential campaigns, and backed a 1998 proposal for a religious freedom amendment to the Constitution.
He’s reasonably good on educational issues. While he backed an amendment in 1992 which directed a portion of federal grants be used for school choice programs, and backed a 1998 bill which started a school choice program in the District of Columbia, he’s also a backer of Common Core.
He backed elevating the EPA to a Cabinet level office in 1990 & believes that AGW is a real concern, he’s also supported rolling back renewable energy requirements & told radio talk show host Sean Hannity that Obama’s cap & trade policies would be harmful.
Kasich was a backer of the 2000 Medicare ‘Part D’ plan (the prescription drug plan), and backed an expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare.
He’s also a backer of amnesty or a ‘path to citizenship‘ for illegal immigrants. He also has a fundamental misunderstanding of the 14th Amendment, as many do, saying “Let these people who are born here be citizens, and that’s the end of it.”
Kasich’s support for the 2nd Amendment is weak as well. While he voted against the Brady Bill and the Omnibus Crime Control Act of 1991, he also voted against removing provisions of a bill which would have required a waiting period for handguns.
John Kasich sees himself as a ‘compassionate conservative’, in the mold of George H W Bush.
I have too many questions about Kasich to be able to back him. He’s too moderate on too many issues. I think he’d be another middle of the road type. Someone the ‘Establishment’ likes. Sorry, John. You don’t have my vote.