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Republican Governor; previously Representative (OH-12); 2000 candidate for President

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Elizabeth Warren
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James Webb
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Jeb Bush
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Ben Carson
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Chris Christie
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Ted Cruz
(Texas Senator)
Carly Fiorina
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Jim Gilmore
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Lindsey Graham
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Mike Huckabee
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Bobby Jindal
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Rand Paul
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Rick Perry
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Marco Rubio
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Rick Santorum
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Donald Trump
(N.Y. CEO)
Scott Walker
(Wisconsin Governor)

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Roseanne Barr
(Peace & Justice party, Hawaii)
Michael Bloomberg
(Independent NYC Mayor)
Gary Johnson
(Former New Mexico Governor, Libertarian Party)
Jill Stein
(Green Party, MA)

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John Kasich on Abortion
Click here for 9 full quotes on Abortion OR other candidates on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Defund Planned Parenthood, like we are trying in Ohio. (Sep 2015)
  • Federal shutdown ineffective in defunding Planned Parenthood. (Sep 2015)
  • Reasonable exceptions, but respect other opinions. (Aug 2015)
  • Admire pregnant women who don't treat cancer to protect baby. (Jun 2010)
  • Pro-life except rape & incest; supports litmus test. (Apr 1999)
  • Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)
  • Opposes federal abortion funding. (Aug 2010)
John Kasich on Budget & Economy
Click here for 16 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR other candidates on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Ohio went from $8 billion deficit to $2 billion surplus. (Feb 2016)
  • We're nowhere close to a balanced budget; needs 3 things... (Jan 2016)
  • Working families are nervous with economic uncertainty. (Jan 2016)
  • Converted Ohio's $8B deficit to $2B surplus. (Nov 2015)
  • Economic theory is fine, but people need help. (Nov 2015)
  • No more silly deals; amendment for Balanced Budget. (Oct 2015)
  • Lift everybody and build a stronger America. (Aug 2015)
  • Wall Street is vital for the US, but often times too greedy. (Apr 2015)
  • National tour to call for a balanced-budget amendment. (Mar 2015)
  • Balanced Budget Forever: promote constitutional amendment. (Feb 2015)
  • 1989 had 3 budgets: Democrats'; President's; and Kasich's. (May 2006)
  • 1995 shutdown led to first balanced budget in 40 years. (May 2006)
  • Sarbanes-Oxley deters legitimate American business. (May 2006)
  • Require balanced budget; block grant everything to states. (Nov 1996)
  • Against ethanol subsidies, and all subsidies. (Apr 1999)
  • Supports balanced budget amendment & line item veto. (Sep 1994)
John Kasich on Civil Rights
Click here for 12 full quotes on Civil Rights OR other candidates on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Pray for customers with whom you disagree, but sell to them. (Feb 2016)
  • Government employees should comply with gay marriage ruling. (Sep 2015)
  • Can respect and love gay people. (Aug 2015)
  • I attended a gay wedding; accept the Supreme Court ruling. (Aug 2015)
  • I support traditional marriage, but it's time to move on. (Jun 2015)
  • Admires courage of Aung San Suu Kyi & Rosa Parks. (Jun 2010)
  • Made speech in high school to ease tensions during race riot. (May 2006)
  • End “racial profiling” locally, or federally. (May 1999)
  • Affirmative action OK via recruitment; not via quotas. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Supports Amendment to prevent same sex marriage. (Aug 2010)
John Kasich on Corporations
Click here for 5 full quotes on Corporations OR other candidates on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • Never let depositors lose their bank deposits. (Nov 2015)
  • Worked for Lehman Brothers before the Great Recession. (Oct 2015)
  • FactCheck: Managing Director at Lehman, but not Board member. (Oct 2015)
  • No income taxes on small businesses up to $2M. (Feb 2015)
  • OpEd: Don't pick winners & losers? Offers 12 tax credits. (Oct 2005)
John Kasich on Crime
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  • Save money by converting prisoners to taxpayers. (Aug 2015)
  • Community must understand challenge of police & deadly force. (Aug 2015)
  • Death penalty is consistent with justice & Christian values. (May 2015)
  • My policies worked to integrate police and community in Ohio. (May 2015)
  • Columbine victims showed courage by not renouncing God. (Jun 2010)
  • It's God's job to judge if punishment fits the crime. (Jun 2010)
  • Columbine: Community involvement, not new laws. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted NO on maintaining right of habeas corpus in Death Penalty Appeals. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted YES on making federal death penalty appeals harder. (Feb 1995)
  • Voted NO on replacing death penalty with life imprisonment. (Apr 1994)
  • Supports capital punishment for certain crimes. (Aug 2010)
  • More prisons, more enforcement, effective death penalty. (Sep 1994)
John Kasich on Drugs
Click here for 5 full quotes on Drugs OR other candidates on Drugs OR background on Drugs.
  • Don't send mixed signals to kids by legalizing. (Oct 2015)
  • The tsunami of drugs threatens families. (Aug 2015)
  • 50% lower chance of drug use if kids hear "don't do drugs". (Feb 2015)
  • Refuse to celebrate the drug-filled lifestyle. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC. (Oct 1999)
John Kasich on Education
Click here for 21 full quotes on Education OR other candidates on Education OR background on Education.
  • Go after cost drivers in colleges, like sell parking lots. (Oct 2015)
  • I like the ideas in Common Core, but not the program. (Jul 2015)
  • We need charter schools, with state oversight. (Jul 2015)
  • $120 million student debt relief fund; plus online college. (Feb 2015)
  • Daughters attend a Christian school. (Jun 2010)
  • Bible stories are historical facts. (Jun 2010)
  • Did earth come about on its own? Evidence says No. (Jun 2010)
  • Our broken public school system is beyond fixing. (May 2006)
  • Competition is what's missing from public school monopoly. (May 2006)
  • Not enough money for public schools? Aw, give me a break!. (May 2006)
  • Send 95% of federal funds to classrooms. (May 1999)
  • Redirect AmeriCorps funds to college and mentoring. (May 1999)
  • Teach character in public school classrooms. (May 1999)
  • More after-school programs with federal plus local funding. (May 1999)

    School Choice

  • Empower local people instead of bureaucrats. (May 1999)
  • Create competition in public schools. (May 1999)
  • Tax money for entrepreneurial private schools. (Apr 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted YES on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
John Kasich on Energy & Oil
Click here for 6 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR other candidates on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • 20,000 jobs from fracking plus 300,000 other jobs. (Nov 2015)
  • Yes, Ohio won with fracking, but we're diversified. (Oct 2015)
  • Balanced use of green energy & low-cost energy. (Sep 2015)
  • Climate change is a real issue, but the extent is unproven. (Aug 2015)
  • Raise severance tax on oil & gas from 20 cents upward. (Feb 2015)
  • Voted NO on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol. (Jun 2000)
John Kasich on Environment
Click here for 6 full quotes on Environment OR other candidates on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • We should not worship environment like pantheists. (Jun 2015)
  • Strengthen Clean Water Act; increase federal grazing fees. (Nov 1996)
  • Manage the environment to bequest it to future. (Apr 1999)
  • Environment and economy are not at odds. (Apr 1999)
  • Devolve enviro policy-making to State and community. (Apr 1999)
  • Examples of local enviro policy successes. (Apr 1999)
John Kasich on Families & Children
Click here for 11 full quotes on Families & Children OR other candidates on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • Put pimps in jail & treat women as victims of trafficking. (Feb 2016)
  • A big mosaic: we all take care of each other. (Feb 2016)
  • We need to rebuild our families and neighborhoods. (Oct 2015)
  • Nothing is more important to me than faith, family & friends. (Aug 2015)
  • Being a father is all about setting an example. (May 2006)
  • Yesterday's R movies have become today's PG fare. (May 2006)
  • Expand day-care choices; remove subsidy restrictions. (May 1999)
  • “Family-friendly” flex-time helps parents and business. (May 1999)
  • Restrict liability lawsuits to allow more on-site day-care. (May 1999)
  • Entertainment should not sabotage American culture. (May 1999)
  • Use tax code to reinforce families. (Sep 1994)
John Kasich on Foreign Policy
Click here for 20 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR other candidates on Foreign Policy OR background on Foreign Policy.
  • I have a longer track record with Israel than any candidate. (Feb 2016)
  • Chinese are best way to calm down North Korea. (Feb 2016)
  • US should not be world's police in places like Iraq. (Feb 2016)
  • Supports Saudi Arabia but knock it off with radical clerics. (Jan 2016)
  • We need coalition of Arab countries, like Bush-41 did. (Jan 2016)
  • Pause accepting Syrian refugees to create stringent checks. (Nov 2015)
  • China doesn't own the South China Sea; show US Navy there. (Nov 2015)
  • No more dickering & delays: Syria's Assad has got to go. (Oct 2015)
  • Keep Iran accountable, WITHIN the existing Nuclear Deal. (Sep 2015)
  • Syrian refugee situation is fundamentally a European crisis. (Sep 2015)
  • Refugee crisis is on Europe, but US also has responsibility. (Sep 2015)
  • Fight ISIS with a coalition including US ground troops. (Jul 2015)
  • Phase out economic aid to Russia & others. (Nov 1996)
  • No diplomatic relations with Cuba nor Vietnam. (Nov 1996)
  • Heed the clear warning of the Cox Report. (May 1999)
  • Engage internationally but choose missions carefully. (Apr 1999)
  • Focus on terrorism, oil, & nuclear development. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on $156M to IMF for 3rd-world debt reduction. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China. (May 2000)
  • Voted YES on $15.2 billion for foreign operations. (Nov 1999)
John Kasich on Free Trade
Click here for 6 full quotes on Free Trade OR other candidates on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • Shut down trade when countries dump in America. (Mar 2016)
  • I support fair trade against dumping, to protect steel. (Jan 2016)
  • TPP is a strategic alliance against China. (Nov 2015)
  • Supports NAFTA and GATT. (Nov 1996)
  • Voted NO on withdrawing from the WTO. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)
John Kasich on Government Reform
Click here for 16 full quotes on Government Reform OR other candidates on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • My judicial appointments are solid conservatives. (Feb 2016)
  • Country too partisan to appoint justice before election. (Feb 2016)
  • Freeze all federal regulations for one year. (Jan 2016)
  • Let states decide how to govern themselves, not DC. (Oct 2015)
  • Move power, money and influence out of Washington. (Sep 2015)
  • Skinny-down bureaucracy & kick out special interests. (Nov 2010)
  • Bible study group swelled during 1992 House banking scandal. (Jun 2010)
  • Separating church and state is goofy misinterpretation. (Jun 2010)
  • Limited government supported by our Judeo-Christian ethics. (May 2006)
  • 1970s: No judge pay raise until state employee pay raise. (May 2006)
  • Money affects ability to honestly assess policy situation. (May 2006)
  • Allow faith-based institutions to address social ills. (May 1999)
  • Ax Commerce and Energy Depts. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Limit punitive damages; term limits on Congress. (Sep 1994)
  • Government is too big, too intrusive, too easy with money. (Sep 1994)
John Kasich on Gun Control
Click here for 7 full quotes on Gun Control OR other candidates on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • Registering mentally ill is first priority in gun control. (Nov 2015)
  • 2nd Amendment advocate: NRA rating changed from "F" to "A". (Aug 2015)
  • Keep existing restrictions, but tighten up on terrorist guns. (Nov 1996)
  • Cool off before making new gun laws after Littleton. (May 1999)
  • More parenting better than more gun laws. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)
  • Opposes restrictions on the right to bear arms. (Aug 2010)
John Kasich on Health Care
Click here for 18 full quotes on Health Care OR other candidates on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • Give financial incentive for low cost & good outcomes. (Feb 2016)
  • Ohio expanded Medicaid but not for ObamaCare. (Feb 2016)
  • We save $22,500 a year by treating addicts & mentally ill. (Feb 2016)
  • We reduced Medicaid funding by 7.5% with no benefit cuts. (Nov 2015)
  • Ohio took Medicaid from 10% to 2.5%. (Oct 2015)
  • Expand Medicaid; everybody has a right to God-given purpose. (Aug 2015)
  • Opposes ObamaCare but not all public programs. (Aug 2015)
  • Shift funding from nursing homes to home-based care. (Mar 2015)
  • Accepted ObamaCare's Medicaid expansion statewide. (Feb 2015)
  • Expand Medicaid to 275,000 poor Ohioans, but not ObamaCare. (Oct 2013)
  • $776B tax cut plan helps people afford health care. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
  • Opposes government-run healthcare. (Aug 2010)
  • Opposes physician-assisted suicide. (Aug 2010)
  • Loosen "one-size-fits-all" approach to Medicaid. (Jan 2011)
  • Collect data on birth defects and present to the public. (Apr 1998)
John Kasich on Homeland Security
Click here for 14 full quotes on Homeland Security OR other candidates on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • $100B more to rebuild the military, with Pentagon reforms. (Feb 2016)
  • No more Syrian refugees in Ohio or anywhere in USA. (Nov 2015)
  • Expand voucher program for veterans' healthcare. (Sep 2015)
  • Iran nuke deal makes us stronger; we could restart sanctions. (Sep 2015)
  • Make a coalition to fight ISIS in Syria. (Aug 2015)
  • Run drone program out of Pentagon, not the CIA. (Apr 2015)
  • $1B per plane for B-2 is a colossal misuse of money. (May 2007)
  • Cheap Hawk: Strong on defense; tight with a dollar. (May 2006)
  • Walked out when preacher opined against missiles in Europe. (May 2006)
  • Fire professor who said 9-11 victims brought on attack. (May 2006)
  • Limit federal agencies investigating suspected terrorists. (Nov 1996)
  • Limited military use, only under US command. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on deploying SDI. (Mar 1999)
  • No US troops under UN command; more defense spending. (Sep 1994)
John Kasich on Immigration
Click here for 12 full quotes on Immigration OR other candidates on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • Nuts to deport 11M people; legalize with fine & back taxes. (Feb 2016)
  • It's a silly argument to ship 11M illegals back to Mexico. (Nov 2015)
  • Focus of immigration should be to keep families together. (Sep 2015)
  • Latino immigrants will continue to play critical role in US. (Sep 2015)
  • Focus on border & guest workers, not birthright citizenship. (Sep 2015)
  • 1993: end birthright citizenship; 2015: not part of approach. (Aug 2015)
  • Seal the border with Mexico, support legal immigrants. (Jul 2015)
  • Open to pathway to citizenship, but doesn't like it. (Feb 2015)
  • Post-Sept-11 open-door melting-pot is essentially intact. (May 2006)
  • Limit the number of legal immigrants, and their benefits. (Nov 1996)
  • Voted YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
  • Declared English the official language of the US. (Jan 1999)
John Kasich on Jobs
Click here for 7 full quotes on Jobs OR other candidates on Jobs OR background on Jobs.
  • I created jobs in Congress & in Ohio; let's make it thrice. (Nov 2015)
  • When you balance the budget & cut taxes, people get work. (Nov 2015)
  • Don't raise minimum wage willy-nilly, & do it at state level. (Sep 2015)
  • Limit collective-bargaining rights for public employees. (Mar 2015)
  • 2011: Public employee union reforms overturned by voters. (Feb 2015)
  • No strikes allowed for public employees. (Nov 2013)
  • Incentives to businesses create jobs & raise wages. (Sep 1994)
John Kasich on Principles & Values
Click here for 32 full quotes on Principles & Values OR 4 older headlines OR other candidates on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • America's great, and you can shoot for the stars. (Feb 2016)
  • Establishment lane, anti-establishment lane & Kasich lane. (Jan 2016)
  • Need to promote Western values to win war of ideas. (Nov 2015)
  • Capitalism needs values to avoid unfettered greed. (Nov 2015)
  • Conservative government will rebuild American from bottom up. (Nov 2015)
  • Get this country moving again. (Oct 2015)
  • For the presidency. qualifications trump personal religion. (Sep 2015)
  • Battle radicals by showing greatness of west. (Sep 2015)
  • America is great because it's run from the bottom up. (Sep 2015)
  • We turned Ohio around; people have hope again. (Aug 2015)
  • OpEd: Impatient with bureaucracy & with partisan posturing. (Mar 2015)
  • Kasich rhymes with Basic. (Nov 2010)
  • Hosted Fox News program "Heartland with John Kasich". (Jun 2010)
  • I can't figure out how anyone gets along without the Bible. (May 2006)
  • I don't care what you stand for, but stand for something. (May 2006)
  • As college student, wrote to Pres. Nixon and then they met. (May 2006)
  • 1970s: Beat entrenched incumbent state senator 56%-44%. (May 2006)
  • Power flows from the individual to the government. (May 1999)

    Religion

  • The Lord wants America to succeed and for America to lead. (Aug 2015)
  • Biblical manifesto: old law is gone; have faith in God. (Jun 2010)
  • Belonged to Bible study group for 20 years. (Jun 2010)
  • I find God every other Monday. (Jun 2010)
  • Learned faith via pastor dying of cancer. (Jun 2010)
  • Sought God after parents' death in car crash. (Jun 2010)
  • Living life of faith can be a liberating thing. (Jun 2010)
  • Objective moral values have existed since Creation. (Jun 2010)
  • Catholic Church has been unaccountable on sex abuse charges. (May 2006)
  • Always carries copy of St Augustine's "Confessions". (May 2006)
  • Built relationship with God after parents died in car crash. (May 2006)
  • Religious affiliation: Christian. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of the Tea Party movement. (Aug 2012)
  • Contract with America: 10 bills in 1st 100 days of Congress. (Sep 1994)
John Kasich on Social Security
Click here for 5 full quotes on Social Security OR other candidates on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Fix Social Security by lowering benefits. (Oct 2015)
  • More 18-year-olds believe in UFOs than in getting Soc.Sec. (May 2006)
  • Personal Retirement Savings Accounts invest 2% privately. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings. (Sep 1994)
John Kasich on Tax Reform
Click here for 14 full quotes on Tax Reform OR other candidates on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • My plan is no fantasy; I moved Ohio from $8B to $2B surplus. (Oct 2015)
  • No taxes on small business; kill the death tax. (Oct 2015)
  • Eliminated the Ohio estate tax but hiked cigarette taxes. (Mar 2015)
  • $3 billion in tax cuts for job creators. (Feb 2015)
  • Lower taxes to create competitive climate. (Nov 2010)
  • 1970s: In Ohio Senate, unwilling to raise taxes. (May 2006)
  • 10% tax cut to promote charitable giving. (May 1999)
  • Tax credits (100%) for charitable donations. (May 1999)
  • $776B tax cut plan helps people afford health care. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Opposes both marriage penalty & federal tax increases. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
John Kasich on Technology
Click here for 6 full quotes on Technology OR other candidates on Technology OR background on Technology.
  • Get Silicon Valley people to solve Pentagon problems. (Jan 2016)
  • Broadcast Judeo-Christian values abroad, to help defeat ISIS. (Nov 2015)
  • Replace "Rust Belt" with Cloud computing and 3-D printing. (Feb 2015)
  • Faith matters, but so does building up expertise. (Jun 2010)
  • Journalists should ask, "Am I reporting or pimping?". (May 2006)
  • Do better job labeling movies for graphic content. (May 2006)
John Kasich on War & Peace
Click here for 27 full quotes on War & Peace OR other candidates on War & Peace OR background on War & Peace.
  • We need more than Special Forces in Libya. (Mar 2016)
  • Arm the Ukrainians and fight ISIS in Syria, Libya. (Feb 2016)
  • How to deal with Russia on Ukraine: Punch 'em in the nose. (Feb 2016)
  • If there weren't WMDs in Iraq, we shouldn't have gone. (Feb 2016)
  • Find moderate rebels in Syria; work with them against Assad. (Dec 2015)
  • No-fly zone 1st priority, but ok with more aid for refugees. (Nov 2015)
  • Invading force but no occupying force in Syria. (Nov 2015)
  • US ground troops in Syria, but not involved in civil war. (Nov 2015)
  • Work with allies like Israel, Egypt, Jordan. (Nov 2015)
  • Destroy ISIS, with US troops as part of coalition. (Nov 2015)
  • No-fly zone in Syria & sanctuaries, enforced by U.S. (Oct 2015)
  • Constitution requires Congress' approval of Iran nuke deal. (Sep 2015)
  • We operate better in the world when our allies work with us. (Sep 2015)
  • I'm a "cheap hawk": Cut Pentagon waste, but not spending. (Sep 2015)
  • Fight ISIS by supporting Kurds and educating Iraqis. (Aug 2015)
  • Iran nuke deal: verify, verify, verify, without the trust. (Apr 2015)
  • Congressional debate before sending in ground troops. (May 1999)
  • Russian mediation with Milosevic instead of a ground war. (Apr 1999)
  • Should have used economic tools with rest of world. (Apr 1999)
  • Russia should mediate; Congress should vote on escalation. (Apr 1999)
  • Maintain aggression but negotiate with Milosevic. (Apr 1999)
  • Ground war not in humanitarian nor international interest. (Apr 1999)
  • Goals should be: help refugees & regional development. (Apr 1999)
  • Rambouillet goals breached sovereignty of Yugoslavia. (Apr 1999)
  • Use neutral mediators; be flexible on post-war force. (Apr 1999)
  • Make clear-cut goals and timetables, then commit. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on disallowing the invasion of Kosovo. (May 1999)
John Kasich on Welfare & Poverty
Click here for 10 full quotes on Welfare & Poverty OR other candidates on Welfare & Poverty OR background on Welfare & Poverty.
  • Let's reform welfare for rich people as well as poor. (Oct 2015)
  • There are moral and practical reasons to help the poor. (Aug 2015)
  • Matthew 25 commands us to aid the less fortunate. (Mar 2015)
  • People who played by the rules suffered; act decisively now. (Feb 2015)
  • Reach out and help those who live in the shadows. (Feb 2015)
  • Replace war on the poor with Christian compassion. (Oct 2013)
  • Chaired committee which overhauled the welfare system. (Nov 2010)
  • Focus next phase of welfare reform on fathers. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending. (Sep 1994)


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I attended a gay wedding; accept the Supreme Court ruling: Favors topic 1
Require women seeking an abortion listen to fetal heartbeat: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Pro-life except rape & incest; supports litmus test: Opposes topic 1
Opposes federal abortion funding: Opposes topic 1
YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on banning partial-birth abortions: Opposes topic 1
Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Admires courage of Aung San Suu Kyi & Rosa Parks: Favors topic 2
Made speech in high school to ease tensions during race riot: Favors topic 2
End “racial profiling” locally, or federally: Neutral on topic 2
Affirmative action OK via recruitment; not via quotas: Favors topic 2
YES on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions: Opposes topic 2
Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+2 points on Social scale)
Pray for customers with whom you disagree, but sell to them: Favors topic 3
Government employees should comply with gay marriage ruling: Favors topic 3
Can respect and love gay people: Favors topic 3
I support traditional marriage, but it's time to move on: Favors topic 3
Supports Amendment to prevent same sex marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
YES on banning gay adoptions in DC: Opposes topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-5 points on Social scale)
Broadcast Judeo-Christian values abroad, to help defeat ISIS: Strongly Favors topic 4
Chaired committee which overhauled the welfare system: Favors topic 4
Bible stories are historical facts: Favors topic 4
Did earth come about on its own? Evidence says No: Favors topic 4
Separating church and state is goofy misinterpretation: Strongly Favors topic 4
Limited government supported by our Judeo-Christian ethics: Strongly Favors topic 4
I can't figure out how anyone gets along without the Bible: Favors topic 4
Entertainment should not sabotage American culture: Favors topic 4
Allow faith-based institutions to address social ills: Strongly Favors topic 4
Focus next phase of welfare reform on fathers: Favors topic 4
Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer: Strongly Favors topic 4
YES on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer: Strongly Favors topic 4
YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations: Favors topic 4
Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Give financial incentive for low cost & good outcomes: Opposes topic 5
Expand Medicaid; everybody has a right to God-given purpose: Favors topic 5
Opposes ObamaCare but not all public programs: Opposes topic 5
Accepted ObamaCare's Medicaid expansion statewide: Favors topic 5
Expand Medicaid to 275,000 poor Ohioans, but not ObamaCare: Strongly Favors topic 5
$776B tax cut plan helps people afford health care: Opposes topic 5
Opposes government-run healthcare: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Loosen "one-size-fits-all" approach to Medicaid: Opposes topic 5
YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts: Opposes topic 5
YES on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage: Opposes topic 5
Strongly Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Fix Social Security by lowering benefits: Favors topic 6
Personal Retirement Savings Accounts invest 2% privately: Strongly Favors topic 6
Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings: Favors topic 6
YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits: Favors topic 6
Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+2 points on Economic scale)
I like the ideas in Common Core, but not the program: Opposes topic 7
We need charter schools, with state oversight: Favors topic 7
Our broken public school system is beyond fixing: Favors topic 7
Competition is what's missing from public school monopoly: Strongly Favors topic 7
Send 95% of federal funds to classrooms: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Empower local people instead of bureaucrats: Favors topic 7
Create competition in public schools: Opposes topic 7
Tax money for entrepreneurial private schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools: Favors topic 7
Neutral on topic 8:
EPA regulations are too restrictive
(0 points on Social scale)
Freeze all federal regulations for one year: Favors topic 8
We should not worship environment like pantheists: Favors topic 8
Strengthen Clean Water Act; increase federal grazing fees: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-3 points on Social scale)
Put pimps in jail & treat women as victims of trafficking: Favors topic 9
Save money by converting prisoners to taxpayers: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Death penalty is consistent with justice & Christian values: Strongly Favors topic 9
My policies worked to integrate police and community in Ohio: Opposes topic 9
It's God's job to judge if punishment fits the crime: Opposes topic 9
Supports capital punishment for certain crimes: Strongly Favors topic 9
More prisons, more enforcement, effective death penalty: Favors topic 9
NO on replacing death penalty with life imprisonment: Strongly Favors topic 9
YES on making federal death penalty appeals harder: Strongly Favors topic 9
NO on maintaining right of habeas corpus in Death Penalty Appeals: Favors topic 9
YES on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime: Favors topic 9
NO on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons.: Strongly Favors topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Registering mentally ill is first priority in gun control: Favors topic 10
2nd Amendment advocate: NRA rating changed from "F" to "A": Strongly Favors topic 10
Keep existing restrictions, but tighten up on terrorist guns: Opposes topic 10
Cool off before making new gun laws after Littleton: Favors topic 10
More parenting better than more gun laws: Favors topic 10
Opposes restrictions on the right to bear arms: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1: Strongly Favors topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Eliminated the Ohio estate tax but hiked cigarette taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
No income taxes on small businesses up to $2M: Strongly Opposes topic 11
$3 billion in tax cuts for job creators: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Lower taxes to create competitive climate: Strongly Opposes topic 11
10% tax cut to promote charitable giving: Opposes topic 11
Tax credits (100%) for charitable donations: Opposes topic 11
Tax cuts and national renewal: Opposes topic 11
$776B tax cut plan helps people afford health care: Opposes topic 11
Opposes both marriage penalty & federal tax increases: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes: Opposes topic 11
YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty": Opposes topic 11
YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business: Opposes topic 11
Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-3 points on Social scale)
Focus of immigration should be to keep families together: Favors topic 12
1993: end birthright citizenship; 2015: not part of approach: Opposes topic 12
Seal the border with Mexico, support legal immigrants: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Open to pathway to citizenship, but doesn't like it: Favors topic 12
Limit the number of legal immigrants, and their benefits: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Declared English the official language of the US: Opposes topic 12
YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers: Favors topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Shut down trade when countries dump in America: Strongly Opposes topic 13
I support fair trade against dumping, to protect steel: Strongly Opposes topic 13
TPP is a strategic alliance against China: Favors topic 13
Supports NAFTA and GATT: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China: Strongly Favors topic 13
NO on withdrawing from the WTO: Strongly Favors topic 13
Strongly Favors topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(+5 points on Economic scale)
America's great, and you can shoot for the stars: Favors topic 14
Arm the Ukrainians and fight ISIS in Syria, Libya: Strongly Favors topic 14
Need to promote Western values to win war of ideas: Strongly Favors topic 14
Pause accepting Syrian refugees to create stringent checks: Favors topic 14
No more Syrian refugees in Ohio or anywhere in USA: Strongly Favors topic 14
Refugee crisis is on Europe, but US also has responsibility: Opposes topic 14
Phase out economic aid to Russia & others: Strongly Favors topic 14
No diplomatic relations with Cuba nor Vietnam: Strongly Favors topic 14
Engage internationally but choose missions carefully: Strongly Opposes topic 14
The Lord wants America to succeed and for America to lead: Strongly Favors topic 14
Neutral on topic 15:
Expand the military
(0 points on Social scale)
$100B more to rebuild the military, with Pentagon reforms: Favors topic 15
I'm a "cheap hawk": Cut Pentagon waste, but not spending: Favors topic 15
$1B per plane for B-2 is a colossal misuse of money: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Cheap Hawk: Strong on defense; tight with a dollar: Opposes topic 15
Limited military use, only under US command: Opposes topic 15
No US troops under UN command; more defense spending: Favors topic 15
YES on deploying SDI: Favors topic 15
Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+2 points on Social scale)
Skinny-down bureaucracy & kick out special interests: Favors topic 16
Money affects ability to honestly assess policy situation: Favors topic 16
NO on banning soft money and issue ads: Opposes topic 16
Opposes topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(-3 points on Social scale)
How to deal with Russia on Ukraine: Punch 'em in the nose: Opposes topic 17
Find moderate rebels in Syria; work with them against Assad: Strongly Opposes topic 17
No-fly zone 1st priority, but ok with more aid for refugees: Opposes topic 17
Invading force but no occupying force in Syria: Strongly Opposes topic 17
China doesn't own the South China Sea; show US Navy there: Opposes topic 17
Destroy ISIS, with US troops as part of coalition: Strongly Opposes topic 17
No more dickering & delays: Syria's Assad has got to go: Strongly Opposes topic 17
No-fly zone in Syria & sanctuaries, enforced by U.S.: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Iran nuke deal makes us stronger; we could restart sanctions: Strongly Favors topic 17
Make a coalition to fight ISIS in Syria: Opposes topic 17
Fight ISIS by supporting Kurds and educating Iraqis: Favors topic 17
Fight ISIS with a coalition including US ground troops: Opposes topic 17
Iran nuke deal: verify, verify, verify, without the trust: Opposes topic 17
Focus on terrorism, oil, & nuclear development: Opposes topic 17
Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Balanced use of green energy & low-cost energy: Opposes topic 18
Raise severance tax on oil & gas from 20 cents upward: Favors topic 18
Manage the environment to bequest it to future: Favors topic 18
Environment and economy are not at odds: Favors topic 18
Devolve enviro policy-making to State and community: Opposes topic 18
NO on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(-5 points on Social scale)
Don't send mixed signals to kids by legalizing: Strongly Favors topic 19
The tsunami of drugs threatens families: Opposes topic 19
50% lower chance of drug use if kids hear "don't do drugs": Favors topic 19
Refuse to celebrate the drug-filled lifestyle: Strongly Favors topic 19
YES on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC: Strongly Favors topic 19
Strongly Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+5 points on Economic scale)
We're nowhere close to a balanced budget; needs 3 things...: Opposes topic 20
Converted Ohio's $8B deficit to $2B surplus: Opposes topic 20
When you balance the budget & cut taxes, people get work: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Require balanced budget; block grant everything to states: Strongly Opposes topic 20

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