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John Kasich on Abortion
Click here for 14 full quotes on Abortion OR other candidates on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Vetoed "fetal heartbeat" law (abortion ban after 6 weeks). (Jan 2019)
  • Ban abortions after 20 weeks; but no "heartbeat bill". (Dec 2016)
  • Require abortion clinics to have nearby hospital & doctor. (Dec 2016)
  • Cut $1.3M in funding for discredited Planned Parenthood. (Mar 2016)
  • 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)
  • Require women seeking an abortion listen to fetal heartbeat. (Oct 2013)
  • 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 18 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR other candidates on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • 1995 shutdown on phony budget led to real balanced budget. (Apr 2017)
  • 1990s successful reform and leadership can happen again. (Apr 2017)
  • 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 15 full quotes on Civil Rights OR other candidates on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Strongly opposed "bathroom bills" against transgender people. (Dec 2018)
  • Court has ruled on same-sex marriage & we have to accept it. (Apr 2017)
  • Pray for customers with whom you disagree, but sell to them. (Feb 2016)
  • Women workers in governor's office paid $10/hr less than men. (Oct 2015)
  • 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 6 full quotes on Corporations OR other candidates on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • Businesses are job creators, the engines of job growth. (Apr 2017)
  • 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
Click here for 21 full quotes on Crime OR other candidates on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • Spared 7 death-row inmates; executed 15 more. (Jul 2018)
  • Rehab, not prison, for low-level offenders. (Mar 2018)
  • FactCheck: Catholic faith does NOT support death penalty. (Sep 2017)
  • Black Lives Matter means the system doesn't work for them. (Apr 2016)
  • Police must understand challenges of black community. (Apr 2016)
  • Ban the box: no criminal history check on job applications. (Dec 2015)
  • 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)
  • Cops & Kids Plan: put more police on the street. (Oct 1999)
  • 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 16 full quotes on Drugs OR other candidates on Drugs OR background on Drugs.
  • Longer prison sentences for fentanyl-related offenses. (Aug 2018)
  • Make low-level drug use a misdemeanor; treatment not prison. (Aug 2018)
  • Presidents can't solve drug problem; local communities can. (Apr 2017)
  • If we all marched against drugs, we'd win that battle. (Apr 2017)
  • Shut down the pill mills; put crooked doctors in jail. (Apr 2017)
  • StartTalking! Talk to kids to say no to opiates. (Apr 2017)
  • No mixed message: don't do opioids & don't do marijuana. (Mar 2017)
  • 2016: Legalized medical marijuana, with tight regulations. (Mar 2017)
  • 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)
  • Educate students that marijuana is a gateway drug. (Oct 1999)
  • Place babies of addicted mothers into foster homes. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC. (Oct 1999)
  • Rated B- by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance. (Nov 2016)
John Kasich on Education
Click here for 23 full quotes on Education OR other candidates on Education OR background on Education.
  • Unfair to shift tax decision from people to school board. (Apr 2017)
  • 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)
  • No unfunded mandates for schools. (Mar 2011)
  • 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)

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  • 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 19 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR other candidates on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • I've evolved on climate change: stop denying it. (Feb 2019)
  • Subsidies for electric vehicles and renewables. (Feb 2019)
  • Centrist climate policy: price for carbon dioxide emissions. (Feb 2019)
  • Balance low-cost & environment by pursuing all sources. (Dec 2017)
  • Supports Keystone XL, clean coal; and "smart grid". (Dec 2017)
  • No state bailout for aging nuclear plants. (Aug 2017)
  • Nuclear power is yesterday; natural gas represents tomorrow. (Aug 2017)
  • 1978: Citizens Committee on Energy to discuss solar & wind. (Apr 2017)
  • Keep state mandate on renewable energy. (Dec 2016)
  • 20,000 jobs from fracking plus 300,000 other jobs. (Nov 2015)
  • Yes, Ohio won with fracking, but we're diversified. (Oct 2015)
  • Mandate that electric utilities use at least 8.5% renewables. (Oct 2015)
  • All-of-the-above approach, with stepped-up fossil fuels. (Oct 2015)
  • Open more federal lands to oil and natural gas exploration. (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)
  • Opposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste facility. (Mar 2000)
  • Voted NO on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol. (Jun 2000)
John Kasich on Environment
Click here for 11 full quotes on Environment OR other candidates on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Eliminate NOAA; let DOI safeguard natural resources. (Sep 2018)
  • Properly balance environmental stewardship and job creation. (Sep 2018)
  • Reduce Erie pollution with tougher fertilizer regulations. (Jul 2018)
  • Mandate best practices to reduce farm fertilizer runoff. (Jul 2018)
  • $2.5B invested in cleaning Lake Erie, and keep it clean. (Apr 2017)
  • 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 16 full quotes on Families & Children OR other candidates on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • CATCH court: prostitutes are victims of human trafficking. (Apr 2017)
  • Re-prioritize family planning funds away from abortion. (Mar 2016)
  • Put pimps in jail & treat women as victims of trafficking. (Feb 2016)
  • A big mosaic: we all take care of each other. (Feb 2016)
  • Paid maternity leave is reason for pay gap. (Jan 2016)
  • Offer maternity work-at-home, but not paid leave. (Jan 2016)
  • We need to rebuild our families and neighborhoods. (Oct 2015)
  • Nothing is more important to me than faith, family & friends. (Aug 2015)
  • De-fund all family planning centers that discuss abortion. (Jul 2013)
  • 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 29 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR other candidates on Foreign Policy OR background on Foreign Policy.
  • America First should not be America Alone. (Sep 2018)
  • Cooperation and engagement instead of "Fortress America". (Jun 2018)
  • China is converting economic power into regional influence. (Jun 2018)
  • Opportunity to cooperate with China instead of containment. (Jun 2018)
  • Engage the world, instead of acting unilaterally. (Mar 2018)
  • FactCheck: Yes, U.S. economy bigger than next two combined. (Apr 2017)
  • NATO & Western alliance has kept the peace since WWII. (Feb 2017)
  • 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)
  • Against nuclear deal with Iran; keep state sanctions. (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)
  • Criticizes Saudis for extremism in Sunni-Shia split. (Jan 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 16 full quotes on Free Trade OR other candidates on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • Review trade violations without heavy-handed tariffs. (Jun 2018)
  • Combat Chinese dumping and currency manipulation. (Jun 2018)
  • Trade was not responsible for job losses; technology was. (Jun 2018)
  • Support TPP to eliminate 18,000 foreign tariffs on US goods. (Jun 2018)
  • Tariffs lead to acrimony among friends & going it alone. (Jun 2018)
  • Tariffs slow down the economy and hurt 40 million jobs. (Jun 2018)
  • Supports Trans-Pacific Partnership but not trade ideology. (Sep 2016)
  • TPP takes advantage of economic opportunities in Pacific Rim. (Sep 2016)
  • 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)
  • Open trade is good for us, but don't be saps. (Jul 2015)
  • Trade, but not at all costs: clamp down on cheaters. (Jul 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 25 full quotes on Government Reform OR other candidates on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Supreme Court should disallow partisan gerrymandering. (Mar 2018)
  • Supreme Court should disallow partisan gerrymandering. (Mar 2018)
  • Post-truth environment makes us intolerant of other opinions. (Apr 2017)
  • 1979: refused $5,000 raise as State Senator. (Apr 2017)
  • Investigate Russian election hacking from within Congress. (Feb 2017)
  • 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)
  • A handful of billionaires should not decide who is president. (Aug 2015)
  • Deal with fundraising influencing voting decisions. (Jul 2015)
  • Require complete & sufficient ID on absentee ballots. (Feb 2014)
  • End simultaneous registration and early voting. (Feb 2014)
  • 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 13 full quotes on Gun Control OR other candidates on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • 1999: Cool off after school shootings; 2018: time for action. (Nov 2018)
  • Learn from mass shooting tragedies and take action. (Sep 2018)
  • Significant changes, while we protect the Second Amendment. (Mar 2018)
  • We need bipartisan gun reform to deal with mass shootings. (Feb 2018)
  • Background checks and increased attention to mental illness. (Feb 2018)
  • Supports state reciprocity and concealed carry. (Dec 2017)
  • 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 24 full quotes on Health Care OR other candidates on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • $112M for mental health hospital, plus Medicaid expansion. (Mar 2018)
  • To Dems: let market work; to GOP: help people who need it. (Aug 2017)
  • Medicaid expansion brought health care to 700,000 people. (Apr 2017)
  • Reforming ObamaCare ok; cutting coverage is not. (Feb 2017)
  • Very, very bad idea to phase out Medicaid expansion. (Feb 2017)
  • 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)
  • Equalize mental health coverage with physical health. (Oct 1999)
  • $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 20 full quotes on Homeland Security OR other candidates on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • Prioritize nuclear agreements like START and INF. (Jun 2018)
  • Improve veteran healthcare with more options & fewer delays. (Dec 2017)
  • Easier licensing for veterans; and more job services. (Dec 2017)
  • Focused on excess spending on Armed Services Committee. (Apr 2017)
  • 1980s: B-2 didn't make financial sense nor strategic sense. (Apr 2017)
  • Cutting Pentagon budget doesn't weaken defense. (Apr 2017)
  • $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 15 full quotes on Immigration OR other candidates on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • Allies directly affected should repatriate Syrian refugees. (Jun 2018)
  • DREAMers are part of the fabric of America. (Jun 2018)
  • 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)
  • Protect DREAMers instead of deporting them. (Dec 2017)
  • Declared English the official language of the US. (Jan 1999)
John Kasich on Jobs
Click here for 10 full quotes on Jobs OR other candidates on Jobs OR background on Jobs.
  • Work is a good and noble thing, for purpose & satisfaction. (Apr 2017)
  • No local vote on $15 minimum wage; keep $8.10. (Dec 2016)
  • 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)
  • Let employers hire replacement workers during strikes. (Jun 1993)
  • Incentives to businesses create jobs & raise wages. (Sep 1994)
John Kasich on Principles & Values
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  • OpEd: moderate Republican who has been critical or Trump. (Mar 2019)
  • OpEd: Realism & anti-liberalism define #NeverTrump ideology. (Mar 2019)
  • Why not a bipartisan ticket for president & veep? (Nov 2018)
  • The press is a critical foundation of freedom--not the enemy. (Apr 2018)
  • I didn't leave the Republican Party; it left me. (Apr 2018)
  • Respect for secular humanists. (Mar 2018)
  • Two-party system no longer appeals to majority of voters. (Feb 2018)
  • Democracy rises up from the many, not down from the few. (Apr 2017)
  • Republican Party is my vehicle, not my master. (Apr 2017)
  • The sun is going to rise to the zenith in America again. (Apr 2017)
  • Civilization's enemies seek America's fall. (Apr 2017)
  • Path to darkness is seeing America broken by "the other". (Apr 2017)
  • Cast vote in 2016 presidential race for John McCain. (Apr 2017)
  • Leaders need vision that excites the team they've built. (Apr 2017)
  • America's divided; reunite by thinking bigger than ourselves. (Apr 2017)
  • Focus on common humanity and fix problems where we live. (Apr 2017)
  • 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
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  • Deal with all entitlements or we'll drown in debt. (Aug 2017)
  • Fix Social Security: keep the promise. (Apr 2017)
  • 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
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  • Reduce tax withholding by 3.1%. (Aug 2018)
  • 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
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  • Americans now get news from "reinforcing media". (Apr 2017)
  • Create "cyber-range" for cybersecurity training. (Apr 2017)
  • Fund highways now; self-driving cars and drones later. (Mar 2017)
  • Develop capability to identify & destroy cyber-attackers. (Nov 2016)
  • USA Freedom Act needs balance, not aggressive government. (Feb 2016)
  • 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)
  • Catch up on local public construction with 31,000 jobs. (Mar 2014)
  • 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
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  • Keep up pressure on North Korea to give up nukes. (Jun 2018)
  • Balance cooperation and confrontation with China. (Jun 2018)
  • Forward-deploy US forces in the Pacific to challenge China. (Jun 2018)
  • War on terror should focus on threats to US homeland. (Jun 2018)
  • Talk with North Korea, but reimpose sanctions if no results. (Jun 2018)
  • Eradicate leadership of North Korea but no military strike. (Apr 2017)
  • 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)
  • 2002: go to war with Iraq; 2015: we never should have gone. (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
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  • Our essence was putting yourself in somebody else's shoes. (Aug 2018)
  • Champion the underdog, those discounted by society. (Apr 2017)
  • Welfare without a path to work doesn't work. (Apr 2017)
  • 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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Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-5 points on Social scale)
Ban abortions after 20 weeks; but no "heartbeat bill": Strongly Opposes topic 1
Require abortion clinics to have nearby hospital & doctor: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Cut $1.3M in funding for discredited Planned Parenthood: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Re-prioritize family planning funds away from abortion: Opposes topic 1
Defund Planned Parenthood, like we are trying in Ohio: Opposes topic 1
Reasonable exceptions, but respect other opinions: Favors topic 1
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
De-fund all family planning centers that discuss abortion: 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
Opposes topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Vetoed "fetal heartbeat" law (abortion ban after 6 weeks): Favors topic 2
Paid maternity leave is reason for pay gap: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Women workers in governor's office paid $10/hr less than men: Strongly Opposes topic 2
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)
Strongly opposed "bathroom bills" against transgender people: Strongly Favors topic 3
Court has ruled on same-sex marriage & we have to accept it: Favors topic 3
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)
Respect for secular humanists: Favors topic 4
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
Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-3 points on Economic scale)
$112M for mental health hospital, plus Medicaid expansion: Favors topic 5
To Dems: let market work; to GOP: help people who need it: Favors topic 5
Medicaid expansion brought health care to 700,000 people: Favors topic 5
Reforming ObamaCare ok; cutting coverage is not: Favors topic 5
Very, very bad idea to phase out Medicaid expansion: Strongly Favors topic 5
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
Equalize mental health coverage with physical health: 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
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Deal with all entitlements or we'll drown in debt: Favors topic 6
Fix Social Security: keep the promise: Opposes topic 6
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)
Unfair to shift tax decision from people to school board: Strongly Favors topic 7
I like the ideas in Common Core, but not the program: Opposes topic 7
We need charter schools, with state oversight: Favors topic 7
No unfunded mandates for schools: 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:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(0 points on Social scale)
Eliminate NOAA; let DOI safeguard natural resources: Strongly Favors topic 8
Properly balance environmental stewardship and job creation: Favors topic 8
Reduce Erie pollution with tougher fertilizer regulations: Opposes topic 8
Mandate best practices to reduce farm fertilizer runoff: Opposes topic 8
FactCheck: Catholic faith does NOT support death penalty: Favors topic 8
$2.5B invested in cleaning Lake Erie, and keep it clean: Strongly Opposes topic 8
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)
Spared 7 death-row inmates; executed 15 more: Favors topic 9
Rehab, not prison, for low-level offenders: Opposes topic 9
CATCH court: prostitutes are victims of human trafficking: Opposes topic 9
Black Lives Matter means the system doesn't work for them: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Police must understand challenges of black community: Opposes topic 9
Put pimps in jail & treat women as victims of trafficking: Favors topic 9
Ban the box: no criminal history check on job applications: Opposes 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
Cops & Kids Plan: put more police on the street: Favors 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
Neutral on topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(0 points on Economic scale)
1999: Cool off after school shootings; 2018: time for action: Opposes topic 10
Learn from mass shooting tragedies and take action: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Significant changes, while we protect the Second Amendment: Opposes topic 10
We need bipartisan gun reform to deal with mass shootings: Opposes topic 10
Background checks and increased attention to mental illness: Opposes topic 10
Supports state reciprocity and concealed carry: Strongly Opposes topic 10
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)
Reduce tax withholding by 3.1%: Opposes topic 11
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
Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+2 points on Social scale)
DREAMers are part of the fabric of America: Strongly Favors topic 12
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
Protect DREAMers instead of deporting them: Strongly Favors 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)
Review trade violations without heavy-handed tariffs: Favors topic 13
Combat Chinese dumping and currency manipulation: Opposes topic 13
Trade was not responsible for job losses; technology was: Favors topic 13
Support TPP to eliminate 18,000 foreign tariffs on US goods: Favors topic 13
Tariffs slow down the economy and hurt 40 million jobs: Strongly Favors topic 13
Supports Trans-Pacific Partnership but not trade ideology: Favors topic 13
TPP takes advantage of economic opportunities in Pacific Rim: Strongly Favors topic 13
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
Open trade is good for us, but don't be saps: Opposes topic 13
Trade, but not at all costs: clamp down on cheaters: 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
Favors topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(+2 points on Economic scale)
America First should not be America Alone: Opposes topic 14
Cooperation and engagement instead of "Fortress America": Strongly Opposes topic 14
China is converting economic power into regional influence: Favors topic 14
Opportunity to cooperate with China instead of containment: Opposes topic 14
Allies directly affected should repatriate Syrian refugees: Strongly Favors topic 14
Balance cooperation and confrontation with China: Opposes topic 14
Tariffs lead to acrimony among friends & going it alone: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Engage the world, instead of acting unilaterally: Strongly Opposes topic 14
The sun is going to rise to the zenith in America again: Favors topic 14
Civilization's enemies seek America's fall: Favors topic 14
Path to darkness is seeing America broken by "the other": Opposes topic 14
NATO & Western alliance has kept the peace since WWII: Opposes topic 14
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
Opposes topic 15:
Expand the military
(+2 points on Social scale)
Prioritize nuclear agreements like START and INF: Opposes topic 15
Improve veteran healthcare with more options & fewer delays: Favors topic 15
Easier licensing for veterans; and more job services: Favors topic 15
Focused on excess spending on Armed Services Committee: Opposes topic 15
1980s: B-2 didn't make financial sense nor strategic sense: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Cutting Pentagon budget doesn't weaken defense: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Create "cyber-range" for cybersecurity training: Favors topic 15
$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)
Supreme Court should disallow partisan gerrymandering: Strongly Favors topic 16
Supreme Court should disallow partisan gerrymandering: Strongly Favors topic 16
Require complete & sufficient ID on absentee ballots: Strongly Opposes topic 16
End simultaneous registration and early voting: Strongly Opposes topic 16
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)
Keep up pressure on North Korea to give up nukes: Opposes topic 17
Forward-deploy US forces in the Pacific to challenge China: Opposes topic 17
War on terror should focus on threats to US homeland: Strongly Favors topic 17
Talk with North Korea, but reimpose sanctions if no results: Opposes topic 17
Eradicate leadership of North Korea but no military strike: Opposes topic 17
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
Against nuclear deal with Iran; keep state 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
2002: go to war with Iraq; 2015: we never should have gone: 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
Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
I've evolved on climate change: stop denying it: Favors topic 18
Subsidies for electric vehicles and renewables: Strongly Favors topic 18
Centrist climate policy: price for carbon dioxide emissions: Favors topic 18
Balance low-cost & environment by pursuing all sources: Opposes topic 18
Supports Keystone XL, clean coal; and "smart grid": Strongly Opposes topic 18
No state bailout for aging nuclear plants: Favors topic 18
Nuclear power is yesterday; natural gas represents tomorrow: Strongly Opposes topic 18
1978: Citizens Committee on Energy to discuss solar & wind: Strongly Favors topic 18
Keep state mandate on renewable energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
Mandate that electric utilities use at least 8.5% renewables: Strongly Favors topic 18
All-of-the-above approach, with stepped-up fossil fuels: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Open more federal lands to oil and natural gas exploration: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Balanced use of green energy & low-cost energy: Opposes topic 18
Raise severance tax on oil & gas from 20 cents upward: Favors topic 18
Opposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste facility: 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
Favors topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(-3 points on Social scale)
Longer prison sentences for fentanyl-related offenses: Strongly Favors topic 19
Make low-level drug use a misdemeanor; treatment not prison: Opposes topic 19
Presidents can't solve drug problem; local communities can: Strongly Favors topic 19
If we all marched against drugs, we'd win that battle: Favors topic 19
Shut down the pill mills; put crooked doctors in jail: Strongly Favors topic 19
StartTalking! Talk to kids to say no to opiates: Strongly Favors topic 19
No mixed message: don't do opioids & don't do marijuana: Strongly Favors topic 19
2016: Legalized medical marijuana, with tight regulations: Opposes topic 19
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
Educate students that marijuana is a gateway drug: Strongly Favors topic 19
Place babies of addicted mothers into foster homes: Favors topic 19
Rated B- by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance: Strongly Opposes 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)
Businesses are job creators, the engines of job growth: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Fund highways now; self-driving cars and drones later: Favors topic 20
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

John Kasich is a Moderate Libertarian Conservative.
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