Will John Kasich Quit The GOP?

By on October 3, 2017

Ohio’s Republican governor and 2016 contender for the Republican presidential nomination is known for occasionally being a bit outside the mainstream of his party. On Sunday he implied that he just might leave the GOP altogether if things don’t change.

On CNN’s “State of the Union, he said to host Jake Tapper, “If the party can’t be fixed, Jake, then I’m not going to be able to support the party, period.” The comment followed his response to Tapper’s inquiry about Alabama Republican Senate nominee Judge Roy Moore, whose radical views include believing “God’s law” supersedes civil law and homosexuality should be criminalized.

“Well, look, I don’t run the party. I can tell you for me, I don’t support that,” Kasich said. “I couldn’t vote for that. I don’t know what the heck I would have to do, but I don’t live in that state. I mean, those claims are – I mean, they’re ludicrous and they’re divisive.”

When asked if he might leave the GOP, Kasich hedged. “No, not at this…What I’m saying to you is, we need to fix it. If our party, if the Republican Party is going to be anti-immigration, if it’s not going to be worried about debt, if it’s going to be anti-trade, this is not where our party can be. So I’m going to fight like everything I have…it’s why I’m on these shows, because I want this party to be straightened out.

“But I not only want the party to be straightened out, I want the country to be straightened out,” he added. “And so it’s really a battle again inside of both parties, but people are beginning to say, ‘I don’t like either of them.’ And that says something big. So hopefully our party leaders will pay attention to this.”

Kasich was consistently critical of Donald Trump during the 2016 race for the presidential nomination and the last candidate to leave it when it became obvious that Trump would top the GOP ticket. He served in Congress for eight terms between 1983 and 2001, and became Ohio’s governor in 2011. His popularity in the key electoral state is indicated by winning reelection by a 31 percent margin.

He recently joined forces with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (D) to try to develop a bipartisan healthcare solution. Though rumors circulated that the two were consider an independent presidential run together in 2020, he denied they had such plans.