That’s the essence of two clips of Kasich taken at a U.S. Presidential campaign event in New Hampshire and posted to YouTube this week.
In the clips, Kasich is asked by a young woman from Ohio about his assertion that he would “fight like crazy” to defund Planned Parenthood. Kasich fumbles through his answers and gets thoroughly owned by the young woman.
In a second clip, Kasich suggests that the work of Planned Parenthood could be handled instead by hospitals and asserts that his mind is made up on the issue.
Following are transcripts for the interactions.
Q: You said, um “We should fight like crazy to defund Planned Parenthood”, and um, I find…
Kasich: Did I say I’d fight like crazy, was that my term? I’m not for funding Planned Parenthood, but I am for women’s health.
Q: Well, so the majority of the work that Planned Parenthood does is women’s health, it’s contraceptives, it’s reproductive health care. A very small percentage is for abortion. There is no federal funding that funds that. And by the way, abortions are legal in this country and by creating legislation in your state that makes it more difficult [inaudble] for women to access something that is legally their choice, it, it goes against being in favor of women’s health. And even if you abolish abortion, it doesn’t stop abortion. It just stops people from dying.
Kasich: Yeah, I just think it’s an organization that’s totally discredited itself. And when it comes to…
Q: Was it they that discredited themselves or was it a sting video that’s been discredited?
Bow! Direct hit. Questioner – 1, Kasich – 0.
On to Clip No. 2:
Q: As a young woman living in Ohio I did access the services at Planned Parenthood and they were exactly what I needed…
Katich: But they can still exist, they’re just not going to exist with out money. And if you’re looking to access women’s health resources, we’re all for that, it’s just not going to be there.
Q: So you have to create a whole different…
Kasich: Well, you have it in hospitals, it’s not that difficult.
Q: Well, you don’t go to a hospital for women’s health.
Kasich: Look, we can. Let me just explain to you—you seem like a very nice lady—I’m just not going to agree with you. Sorry. I’ve heard all the arguments. My mind is made up.
Don’t let his reasonable-guy-in-the-room-with-the-twitchy-mouth schtick fool you folks, Kasich is just as much a hardliner and a zealot as the rest of the buffoons running for the Republican Party Presidential nomination.
Kasich’s continued inability to respect women and their rights should be a clarion call to all those who do to stand up and be counted against him. On that, I guess I could say my mind is made up.
D.C. DeWitt is a writer and man of sport and leisure. He has also written for Government Executive online, the National Journal’s Hotline, and The New York Observer’s Politicker.com. He is the Associate Editor of The Athens NEWS in Athens, Ohio. DeWitt can be found on Facebook and Twitter @DC_DeWitt.