“John Kasich said what many people have been thinking – enough is enough. It’s time for real, serious leadership in the race for President,” Gov. Kasich’s chief campaign strategist John Weaver told Camp Kasich supporters Wednesday. “Americans deserve more than what they’re getting from the so-called ‘front-runners.’ Leading the most powerful nation the world has ever seen is a sacred trust – not a reality TV show. Tonight in Boulder you’ll hear this message from John Kasich.”
On Tuesday afternoon in central Ohio, at another staged Kasich campaign event designed to grab headlines for the career politician to distinguish himself from the other nine GOP presidential hopefuls who will be on stage Wednesday night with him in Boulder, Colorado, Ohio’s twice-elected, term-limited chief executive delivered bombastic comments about how crazy some ideas coming from his fellow Republican candidates are.
A life-long Republican whose nearly 40 years in elected office shows he’s no stranger to some of the ideas he now calls crazy, Gov. Kasich has enjoyed unending cheerleading coverage from several major Ohio newspapers from 2010 until today. Mr. Kasich likes to have the first and last word with no criticism in between, so when a couple major print publications gave him one pass after pass last year, while drilling down on his major party opponent so much so that he used the situation to declare he wouldn’t debate his challengers, his own crazy ideas—including tax cuts pay for themselves while creating jobs and for-profit charter schools are better than public schools—went unexamined in spite of ample proof to the contrary.
But with failing poll numbers, both in early primary states and nationally, Gov. Kasich needs to shake up the current stable of GOP White House hopefuls that has non-establishment Republican outsiders like Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson winning massive leads over the likes of Mr. Kasich and his ilk of professional politicians, including former Florida Gov. Jeb!Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and others, who once were touted as the party’s saviors but whose star-power cache with GOP voters has collapsed.
Gov. Kasich wasn’t the only politico who said they’ve had enough. “House Republicans are launching endless investigations for political gain,” the current occupant of the White House said today. Republicans, President Barack Obama said via email today, are “wasting your tax dollars to push their anti-Democrat, anti-women agenda. I’ve had enough. I need your help to hold the Republicans accountable for their unprecedented obstruction.”
In his weekly conference call with reporters today, Sen. Sherrod Brown announced on the call that he will introduce legislation that would increase access to prenatal and maternity care in advance of the health care open enrollment period starting next week. Brown’s bill, the Healthy Maternity and Obstetric Medicine Act (Healthy MOM Act) would create a special enrollment period so pregnant individuals can enroll in or change their healthcare plans once they become pregnant.
In the question-and-answer session, Ohio’s senior U.S. Senator, now twice elected with his term term ending in 2018, commented on whether President Obama should stay on the sidelines next year or actively campaign for the Democratic nominee? In 2010 and 2014, when Republicans won big during low turnout elections and gerrymandered home districts so that even when voters overwhelmingly voted for Democrats, Republicans would still control the House of Representatives, President Obama largely sat out those election cycles.
“I welcome that. I think it will be good for the country and the Democratic nominee. I hope he makes the contrast with the eight years of the Bush administration, where you had tax cuts for the rich, supposedly to create jobs, and there was literally no private sector job growth,” he said. In spite of what he called “concerted and implacable opposition, he said President Obama made big advances.
Getting a few words in on Gov. Kasich’s coming debate performance tonight, Ohio Democrats apparently know far, far more than any national Beltway reporter on just what a ruse Camp Kasich is making of his strong suit, economics.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s disastrous record on jobs and the economy will be on full display during tonight’s Republican presidential debate on CNBC, Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper said in prepared remarks.
“John Kasich had a ‘fantastic time’ when he was working at one of the Wall Street banks responsible for crashing the global economy, but tonight’s debate on economic issues won’t be fantastic for Kasich,” Pepper said. “Kasich has to answer why Ohio has trailed the country in job growth for nearly three years. Kasich has to answer why there are 53,000 more Ohio children living in poverty than during the recession in 2008. Kasich has to answer why the average Ohio household had a higher income three decades ago than it has today.”
The rebound in Ohio’s economy, Pepper opined, is largely because of President Obama’s auto rescue, which Kasich was forced to acknowledge was a good thing, even though he’s said “we shouldn’t throw good money after bad.”