Ohio Governor John Kasich recently said that he will not support the Republican Party “if the party can’t be fixed.”
CNN’s Jake Trapper interviewed the Republican governor on Sunday.
Trapper spoke about Roy Moore’s recent win against Luther Strange in Alabama’s Republican senate primary election. Kasich said he wouldn’t be able to support Moore’s “ludicrous and divisive” claims.
“If the party can’t be fixed, Jake,” Kasich said. “Then I won’t be able to support the party. Period. That’s the end of it.”
Kasich indicated that he was working to fix the party, and said he hasn’t “given up” just yet.
“I’m worried about our country and our kid’s future,” Kasich continued. “I am worried about it. But, have I given up? Of course not.”
Kasich goes on to talk about where the Republican Party is succeeding. He leaves out Washington D.C. and instead focuses on the state of Ohio.
He told Trapper that Ohio is “doing fine” and has “many great leaders in the Republican Party.”
Kasich doesn’t share the same enthusiasm, though, for Republicans on a national scale.
It’s no surprise that Kasich thinks Republicans in Washington are the problem. Remember that he was absentfrom the Republican National convention, held in his own state, during the Presidential campaign.
Kasich was and remains a critic of President Trump.
“I want this party to be straightened out,” Kasich said.Kasich repeatedly pointed to public dissatisfaction with the Republican and Democratic parties, and referenced the strength of independent political identities. He said both parties needed to grapple with ideological currents pulling them away from the center, adding that he had “no idea what the Democrats are for.”“What I’m trying to do is struggle for the soul of the Republican Party the way that I see it,” Kasich said. “And I have a right to define it, but I’m not going to support people who are dividers.”
[…] Kasich ran for president last year and became a frequent critic of President Donald Trump throughout the race. He has continued to criticize Trump since the inauguration and expressed his dissatisfaction with the right wing of the party as well as some of its major initiatives, like its attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare.
He says that he’s worried by the fact that Americans “don’t like” either party, and he blames it on the party itself.
Many Republicans, though, want Obamacare repealed and replaced. Is the party being “divisive” on that issue, or is he?
Kasich says he couldn’t support Moore in the December special election. Republicans in Alabama, though, clearly do support Moore. So, it seems the problems Kasich thinks the Republican Party has are the objectives that get them elected.
When Trapper buckled down, and asked Kasich if he would leave the GOP and become an independent, Kaskich responds, “No, not at this…”
He stops before finishing the sentence, as if he didn’t want to directly say that in the future, he might leave the party.
But we got the message.
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