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This is not the kind of publicity John Kasich needs.

The Ohio governor and underdog Republican presidential candidate appeared on CNN last night, in order to clarify his statement earlier that day praising the women “who left their kitchens” to campaign for him in his first run for public office in the 1970s. (As we pointed out, this was actually true of how many campaigns worked in decades past — but it does get a bit dated to reminisce about it in the year 2016.)

But in his effort to bring this controversy under control, Kasich just couldn’t stop being really awkward about it.

“Well, you know look, Wolf, I mean, anybody’d be offended — of course,” Kasich sputtered out. “Sometimes when you operate on the high wire without a net, sometimes you know, you’ll fall off and not say things exactly the way you want to.

“But let me be clear: In the beginning of my campaign for public office, I did town halls — except they were in people’s homes, they were at breakfast tables, they were during — at evening, when we had coffee, and I recruited people. And I want to be clear, we had a lot of women that played a major role in my political campaign, political life, and they still do.”

Indeed, he touted that his chief of staff when he became governor was a woman, who is now running his campaign; his lieutenant governor is a woman; he appointed a woman to the Ohio Supreme Court; and many other women serve in his cabinet and other high-level government positions.

“Look, governor,” Wolf Blitzer responded, “a lot of women think it was insulting. Why not just say, ‘I made a mistake, I’m sorry.'”

“Sure, I’m sorry — anybody who’s offended, of course. I’m not — look, it’s not — of course. I’m more than happy to say I’m sorry if I offended somebody else out there. But it wasn’t intended to be offensive, and if you hear the whole thing you’ll understand the context of it.

“But look, all I’m saying to you, Wolf, is that without the power of the women who helped me out early in my career, to give me a chance to hold public office, I wouldn’t have made it, and I’m very grateful to all the work that they put in for me, and many of them that still do.”

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36 Comments

  1. barneybolt12 February 23, 2016

    If John Kasich is proud of what women have done for him in the past, why did he sign legislation to defund plan parenthood in his state. He is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

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    1. A_Real_Einstein February 23, 2016

      Actually he is pretty close to Hillary politically. Hillary will make a fine Republican President.

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    2. Otto Greif February 23, 2016

      If Planned Parenthood is so great, why don’t liberals fund it with private donations.

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      1. A_Real_Einstein February 23, 2016

        They mostly do. Medicaid reimbursements are just are not enough. A great business model so that poor people actually get care and the health care providers are compensated appropriately. All abortions are funded with private donations.

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        1. Otto Greif February 23, 2016

          Fund it 100% with private donations and then they don’t have to complain about government interference.

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          1. A_Real_Einstein February 23, 2016

            Sorry that is what Medicaid is for. We all should be helping young and poor women get healthcare. This is an excellent combination of the public and private sector working together to take care of less fortunate Americans.

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  2. joeham1 February 23, 2016

    Unbelievable that anyone would pick that statement out and call it offensive. What a fuc&%d up thing for the national memo to use. Then on top of it all the comments that followed support that crap. Get a life of that’s what you think.

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    1. A_Real_Einstein February 23, 2016

      What comments? Who is John Kasich?

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      1. joeham1 February 23, 2016

        The governor of Ohio Einstein!

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        1. A_Real_Einstein February 23, 2016

          Oh yeah. This years John Huntsman. The margin of error candidate. Common core and Medicaid expansion the GOP must hate him.

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          1. joeham1 February 23, 2016

            The dems hate him more then the repubs because he’s not a dem.

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          2. A_Real_Einstein February 23, 2016

            Actually nobody is more un popular today than establishment republicans.

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          3. joeham1 February 23, 2016

            Just like establishment dems. That’s why Bernie is doing well. Very few people trust Hillary and I hope it doesn’t end up Trump against Hillary. They are both piles of sh&t. He’s a clown and she’s a freaking liar. We’re screwed with either one of them

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          4. A_Real_Einstein February 23, 2016

            The worst case scenario is nominating Hillary before she is indicted for not providing all of her govt related emails or tampering with evidence when she wiped her server clean. (you mean with a cloth). This is only way Trump could win the General and it is highly probable that she will be charged with a high crime.

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          5. joeham1 February 23, 2016

            They would both be terrible presidents!

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          6. CrankyToo February 24, 2016

            The good news? You and your cynicism get to stay home on 8 November. The bad? You’re not going to be happy, regardless of who is elected.

            Myself? I’m a life-long Republican, and I’m going to be at the polls on Election Day 2016 so I can mark my ballot for Hillary or Bernie at the top, and for every Democrat down to dog catcher. Why? Because unlike you, I’m astute enough to realize that the Republican Party has become anathema to progress and good order in this country. Democrats in Congress may be stupid, unartful, and cowardly, but there exists a breathtaking malevolence on the right side of the aisle. And it’s being nurtured by a minority constituency of homophobes, xenophobes, skinheads, rednecks, gun nuts, war mongers, greedy guts, country clubbers, bible-thumpers, and sundry other tools and fools.

            If these points have not been clarified for you in the last 15 years, then you’re a phucking moron.

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          7. joeham1 February 24, 2016

            Life long republican huh? The left has done so much for all the inner cities over the past 40 years and California is in great shape thanks to the left. But all the problems are because of the repubs right? You are correct about one thing. If it’s the clown vs the criminal I will stay home. The idiots like you can continue to blame the other side for problems caused by both sides. Stay blind fool!

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          8. CrankyToo February 24, 2016

            I give up. You’re too smart for me…

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          9. joeham1 February 24, 2016

            At least you figured it out. Be partisan makes you blind to the truth. Hopefully someday you will see

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    2. CrankyToo February 23, 2016

      Personally (and politically), I have nothing but disdain for Mr. Kasich – and for Repugnicans in general. But I’m with you on this. Wolf Blitzer is a self-important idiot who hasn’t asked a probing and relevant question of any interviewee in two decades. And all this nonsense about Kasich’s supposed faux pas is unadulterated, tempest-in-a-teapot horsesh!t.

      Notice that the author actually has very little to say and even less to “report”. Most of the article is quotes. He doesn’t even suggest that the Governor’s comment was a gaffe. The decision by the National Memo to promulgate Mr. Kleefeld’s naked attempt to arouse indignation over something so trivial suggests that they, like CNN and Fox Noise, are not above tawdriness and tabloidism.

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      1. joeham1 February 23, 2016

        Well put. I agree. I think both parties are equally bad however. Either way we all get screwed. Hillary is horrible and Trump is a clown. Both parties fu&k everything up and then blame each other. I think Kasich is one of the better repubs but doesn’t stand a chance. The best combo was bill and newt. They got things done.

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        1. CrankyToo February 23, 2016

          Sorry, Bro, but you lost me at “both parties are equally bad”. That’s just not a credible statement.

          And while I think you’re correct in your assessment of Trump as a clown, I don’t know how you substantiate that part about Hillary being horrible. She may not be a real dynamic personality, but she’s served this country well for the past quarter century, plus or minus.

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          1. joeham1 February 23, 2016

            Sorry to disagree, but Hillary has played the system for years and blames everything on a right wing conspiracy. I get the right has targeted her. As you know she didn’t accomplish anything as Secretary of state, except failing to protect the ambassador. On top of all that she can’t be trusted. Don’t get me wrong, bush and Obama have collectively made this country much worse with the national debt and the way they have divided the country. Don’t think for a minute that the left is any better then the right. It’s just not true. If either Hillary or Trump wins we’re screwed

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          2. CrankyToo February 23, 2016

            Like I said… you lost me.

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          3. joeham1 February 23, 2016

            I get the same reaction from right wingers. You guys all think your side is the answer and the other side is the problem. Between bush and Obama the debt has gone from 6 trillion to now 19 trillion. (I hope your not one of those people who says deficits ate good) bush started a war that shouldn’t have been started and both parties unanimously agreed with it. Then when Obama came to office he left Iraq without am agreement to leave forces and that led to isis. Both parties are completely at fault with all our issues. You would have to be fair minded to agree. As long as both parties blame each other there nothing will get done. I lost you because how coups anyone blame the wonderful dems when it’s all those repubs! That’s exactly what the other side says too. Your both ridiculous!

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          4. Joan February 23, 2016

            Is’nIt that “special” you have determined that anyone who does not agree with you is not “fair minded”. In the meantime your grasp of historical facts is sophomoric at best. There I go, not being fair minded to the close minded.

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          5. joeham1 February 24, 2016

            I don’t care if you agree with me. Most left wing and right wing hacks don’t agree on anything. It’s alway the other sides fault. In your warped world Repubs are evil and dems are the answer. Regardless of the fact that they have both ran the country and have taken turns in power. It can’t be your side it’s the other side right? You loath the guy from Texas but you’ve never met him. You loath him because you’re supposed to. Heeds not a lefty so you can’t like hon or agree with him. Sick! Btw if you don’t like the way I spell or capitalize words go fuc& yourself.

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          6. Joan February 24, 2016

            Thank you for proving my point for me. You do not know me either but you made immediate and negative assumptions. Your parting shot is really what will win you converts, nice.

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          7. CrankyToo February 24, 2016

            I keep waiting for you to say something halfway sensible again, so I can engage you further. But all I’m getting is nonsense now.

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          8. joeham1 February 24, 2016

            I don’t expect you to. For some reason both parties have the same narrow minded views. It’s can’t be the dems fault it’s got to be the repubs fault. That’s more sensible. Facts don’t matter because repubs are the problem! If only they would go away the dems can make America so much better.

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          9. Theodora30 February 24, 2016

            The deficit is quickly coming down. When Bill Clinton was president it was not oniy erased, we had a significant surplus. Instead of using that money to pay down our long term debt Bush gave big tax breaks to the wealthy.
            As for deficits being bad or good it depends. Borrowing to spend on things like infrastructure and education promotes future growth. What company is debt free? Most individuals carry debt for things they need like education, a car, a house.
            What matters for nations, companies, and individuals is the percentage of debt to wealth and whether the debt is productive or just wasted on frivolous things.
            Also in a time of economic crisis when consumer demand collapses deficit spending by government is needed to get the economy going again. A lot of Republicans dismiss FDR’s spending because the economy slumped in ’37. What they don’t say is that the economy was growing strongly FDR

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          10. joeham1 February 24, 2016

            Reality is a funny thing. Everyone has their own reality. In 2015 the deficit was over 420 billion. In 2016 the Deficit will be over 610 billion. That’s not coming down. It’s not sustainable. In the 50’s the economic growth from business allowed us to invest in infrastructure. Today the economic outlook is weak at the national debt is out of control. When Clinton and Gingrich worked together and balanced the budget it proved that it could be done. Unfortunately at the end of Clintons 2nd term we were in a recession. When Bush took office him and the Democrats decided we could grow the deficit again. Between bush and Obama they raised the national debt 13 trillion dollars in 15 years. That has put our country on the brink of disaster. So, blame the right and they will blame the left. Both parties are equally to blame. I know that won’t fit your narrative but the truth is the truth. Some deficit is ok. Not this much, no way.

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          11. Theodora30 February 24, 2016

            My reality comes from the government’s own numbers.
            https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/M56XxaI6M8fxXcC3SvCJOgWkYVE-lGUOQG_8kyAEiEJPM5553ytFTB2zdw1wBQuwIpjHUrQBMQmfurnTZxUCtjtvl4vmqc4f7WoUvHfyQDZxA5013B-cdXegnyJrNSWtTA
            The deficit has steadily declined since ’09, and is the fastest deficit decline since WWII. It is projected to keep declining got the next few years. After that it will depend on getting health care costs under control.

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          12. joeham1 February 24, 2016

            Again, 438 billion in 2015 and around 600 billion in 2016 thats going up. I checked out your website and unfortunately it’s not accurate. Raising the deficit to a trillion a year and then bringing it back down to a half trillion a year probably makes you feel good but it’s going to destroy the country. Check out the CBO report online. That will give you the accurate info. You will see that the debt is at 79% of GDP. It’s projected to go up to 84% of GDP. Obamas 4.3 trillion dollar budget proves how little he cares about the future. Don’t get me wrong under bush it was bad too. Both parties are ruining the country.

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          13. Theodora30 February 24, 2016

            People who believe that about Hillary have been bamboozled by media and right wing spin that has been going on for years. I know Democrats that have been taken in by the propaganda. Some still berate Gore for supposedly claiming he invented the Internet, a lie spread by Rove and Co. to turn Gore’s very real contribution to the creation of the Internet – punching his Congressional colleagues to fund it. No money no internet – at least not one accessible and free to the public.

            http://amsterdam.nettime.org/Lists-Archives/nettime-l-0009/msg00311.html

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  3. Aaron_of_Portsmouth February 23, 2016

    Reading John’s comments is like listening to “Bob and Ray” comedy routines. To borrow a word from the comedy duo’s routine on the CD “The Two and Only”, the GOP candidates are remarkably “incapacious”—an obsolete term according to Merriam Webster, and which matches the status of the remaining “pugilists”, as well as those fallen combatants littering the landscape, in this the latest installment of the drama series “The Edge Of Lunacy in Partisan Politics”.

    Until later, good night.

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