John Kasich

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John Kasich
Governor of Ohio
From: January 10, 2011 – January 14, 2019
Predecessor Ted Strickland
Successor Mike DeWine
Former U.S. Representative from Ohio's 12th Congressional District
From: January 3, 1983 – January 3, 2001
Predecessor Robert N. Shamansky
Successor Patrick J. Tiberi
Party Republican
Spouse(s) Karen Waldbillig
Religion Christianity
John Kasich was Conservative of the Year in 2011, but in 2021 was stripped of his award due to his later betrayal of his campaigned-on pro-life position and his a multi-year pattern of RINO-like political positions that included boycotting the 2016 Republican National Convention in his own State of Ohio.

John Richard Kasich (rhymes with "basic") (born May 13, 1952, in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania) is an out-of-touch GOP establishment elite[1] and was the RINO Governor of Ohio from 2011 to 2019. Kasich served as the Republican U.S. Representative from Ohio's 12th congressional district from 1983 through 2001 and was chairman of the House Budget Committee in the 1990s. He was a political ally of Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and chief architect of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. Kasich went on to host the Ohio-based Heartland with John Kasich on the Fox News Channel. John Kasich won Conservative of the Year 2011, but became a textbook example of a politician turning liberal while in office, as seen in, among other issues, his policies toward labor unions.[2]

Kasich signed three major pro-life bills into law in 2011 and also supported economic reforms. He was considered a leader on cultural issues, speaking out against Ohio's pink driver's licenses and generally not backing down to the lamestream media. In December 2016, Kasich signed a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks, but he vetoed another, stronger bill that would have banned abortion after the first detectable heartbeat.[3] Kasich's stated reason for the veto was because he thought it was not worth signing a bill that would be challenged in court and likely found "unconstitutional."[3] He later signed a bill banning abortions for children with Down Syndrome.[4] However, Kasich again threatened to veto the Heartbeat Bill despite claiming to be pro-life.[5]

When LeBron James was routed in the NBA Finals, Kasich honored the player who defeated the former Ohioan James.

Some have criticized Kasich for allowing spending to increase by 11% in Ohio in 2011, but under Kasich's leadership unemployment in Ohio dropped to its lowest level since 2008. This swing state was hit hard by Obama's economic recession.[6] During his term he presided over lower unemployment, higher job creation, and greater fiscal responsibility. He was criticized by some for allowing Medicaid expansion to occur in Ohio. Kasich said that while he disagrees with the Medicaid expansion taking advantage of it would reduce some of the burdens of Obamacare, specifically the cuts to rural hospitals.

In 2018, Kasich continued moving to the Left when he removed pro-gun content from his campaign website and entertained the notion of having the federal government confiscate certain types of guns.[7] He also spoke highly of far-left anti-gun protestors.[8] In December 2018, Kasich vetoed a bill expanding legal protections for gun owners.[9] Kasich continued promoting gun control.[10]

Opposition to Donald Trump

Kasich, who has shifted his positions to the mushy middle and was defeated in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries, did not vote for Republican nominee Donald Trump in the general election, despite the fact that Trump holds conservative positions.[11] However, Trump won both Kasich's state of Ohio and the national election in a historic upset.[12] In addition, Kasich had planned to give a speech less than 48 hours after the election to give his opinion of what the future of the Republican Party should look like. When he planned that speech, he was assuming Trump would lose the election, because when Trump won, he canceled the speech.[13]

In his 2017 book, Kasich stated that Trump was elected because the moral decline of the United States,[14] despite his support of "moving on" on homosexual "marriage" and the fact that social conservatives voted for Trump. In 2018, Kasich stated his opposition to Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal despite claiming to oppose the deal when it was first negotiated.[15]

In a February 2018 interview with Jorge Ramos, a left-wing journalist and open borders activist, Kasich stated that ICE under Trump was "dead wrong" for enforcing existing U.S. immigration law, stating "that’s not my country."[16] Kasich also supported maintaining DACA and opposed President Trump's efforts at securing the southern border.[17][18] In an interview on April 29, 2018, Kasich again criticized the Republican Party for adopting conservative views on trade and immigration, and he suggested that "conservatism" must only involve certain economic issues.[19][20] He has criticized President Trump's trade actions despite the abusive behavior of other countries toward the U.S.[21] Kasich's spokesman announced that he would skip a GOP dinner in Ohio in August 2018 that President Trump also would attend.[22]

In November 2018, Kasich agreed with globalist French president Emmanuel Macron in the latter's attacks against nationalism and, thus, President Trump's America First philosophy.[23][24] In January 2019, Kasich called for the GOP do adopt more left-wing policies, claiming it was "stuck in the 1950s," not realizing that liberal internationalists controlled the party during that decade.[25]

After leaving office as Ohio governor, Kasich joined CNN as a commentator.[26][27]

On October 18, 2019, Kasich announced his support for impeaching President Trump.[28]

In August 2020, Kasich spoke at Democrat National Convention and endorsed Joe Biden, despite calling Biden a liar in 2012.[29][30]

Personal life

Kasich attended Ohio State University and currently lives in Westerville, Ohio. He is married to his wife, Karen, and they have two daughters. He is an evangelical Christian and says he became one after both of his parents were killed in a car accident in 1987.


Courage is Contagious: Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things To Change The Face Of America (1999)
Stand for Something: The Battle for America’s Soul (2006)
Every Other Monday: Twenty Years of Life, Lunch, Faith, and Friendship (2010)

External links


  1. McGhee, Kaylee (July 3, 2019). John Kasich is right: The GOP is a much different party under Trump. Washington Examiner. Retrieved July 3, 2019.
  2. Hart, Jason (January 14, 2019). John Kasich exits stage left. Washington Examiner. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Ohio Gov. John Kasich vetoes heartbeat bill, signs 20-week abortion ban. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 23, 2016.
  4. Multiple references:
  5. Freiburger, Calvin (November 20, 2018). ‘Pro-life’ John Kasich threatens to veto new bill banning abortions on babies with heartbeats. Breitbart News. Retrieved November 20, 2018.
  7. Multiple references:
  8. Jasper, William F. (April 1, 2018). “Conservative” Gov. Kasich Praises Anti-gun March; Gets Liberal-NeoCon Boost for 2020 White House Bid. The New American. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  9. Hawkins, Awr (December 20, 2018). John Kasich Vetoes Protections for Gun Owners. Breitbart News. Retrieved December 20, 2018.
    The Ohio legislature overrode Kasich's veto of the bill:
  10. Key, Pam (August 4, 2019). John Kasich Calls for Marches to Demand Gun Control Legislation. Breitbart News. Retrieved August 4, 2019.
  11. Acosta, Jim; Spodak, Cassie; and Schleifer, Theodore (November 1, 2016). Kasich votes McCain instead of Trump. CNN. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
  12. Gomez, Henry J. (November 9, 2016). Donald Trump's victory spoiled John Kasich's plans. So what's next for Ohio's governor? Retrieved November 10, 2016.
  13. Thompson, Chrissie (November 9, 2016). NeverTrumper John Kasich Cancels Thursday Speech. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
  14. Rodriguez, Katherine (April 29, 2017). John Kasich New Book: Trump Won Election Because America in Spiritual Decline. Breitbart News. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  15. Nolte, John (May 9, 2018). Nolte: Never Trump Grifters John Kasich and Jeff Flake Flip-Flop on Iran Deal. Breitbart News. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  16. Binder, John (February 2, 2018). ‘That’s Not My Country’: John Kasich Calls ICE Agents ‘Dead Wrong’ for Enforcing Law. Breitbart News. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
  17. Savransky, Rebecca (April 1, 2018). Kasich rips Trump: A true leader offers hope, doesn't take it from innocent children. The Hill. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  18. Lim, Naomi (April 1, 2018). John Kasich slams Trump for taking 'hope from innocent children' after DACA tweet. Washington Examiner. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  19. Richardson, Valerie (April 29, 2018). John Kasich rips GOP, hints at 2020 run against Trump: ‘I can bring that party back’. The Washington Times. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  20. Anapol, Avery (April 29, 2018). Kasich denies leaving the GOP: 'The Republican Party left me'. The Hill. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  21. Wise, Justin (July 25, 2018). Kasich: Trump using ‘farm welfare’ instead of ending tariffs. The Hill. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  22. Folley, Aris (August 22, 2018). Kasich to skip GOP dinner in Ohio headlined by Trump. The Hill. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  23. Birnbaum, Emily (November 12, 2018). Kasich seconds French president on nationalism: 'Macron is right'. The Hill. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  24. Morton, Victor (November 12, 2018). 'Macron is right': Kasich endorses attack on Trump 'nationalism'. The Washington Times. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
  25. Burke, Michael (January 14, 2019). Kasich warns GOP 'seems stuck in the 1950s'. The Hill. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  26. Mastrangelo, Dominick (January 15, 2019). No 2020 challenge to Trump? John Kasich signs with CNN. Washington Examiner. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  27. Marsh, Kristine (January 15, 2019). Surprise! CNN Hires Another Anti-Trump Republican, John Kasich, as Political Commentator. NewsBusters. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  28. Multiple references: See also: