John Kasich in CNBC 2015 GOP primary debate


On Budget & Economy: No more silly deals; amendment for Balanced Budget

I want to go back to this budget deal in Washington. This is the same old stuff. You spend the money today, and then you hope you're going to save money tomorrow. If you really want to get to a balanced budget, you need to reduce your expenses and you need to grow your economy. I'll go back to Washington and there will be no more of these silly deals if I become President because we'll have a constitutional amendment to require a federally balanced budget.
Source: GOP "Your Money/Your Vote" 2015 CNBC 1st-tier debate Oct 28, 2015

On Corporations: Worked for Lehman Brothers before the Great Recession

TRUMP [to KASICH]: This was the man that was a managing general partner at Lehman Brothers when it went down the tubes and almost took every one of us with us, including myself. And Lehman Brothers started it all. He was on the board.

KASICH: I wasn't on the board of Lehman Brothers. I was a banker, and I was proud of it. And I traveled the country and learned how people make jobs. We ought to have politicians who not only have government experience, but know how the CEOs and the job creators work.

Source: GOP `Your Money/Your Vote` 2015 CNBC 1st-tier debate Oct 28, 2015

On Corporations: FactCheck: Managing Director at Lehman, but not Board member

Trump gave Kasich a Lehman Brothers role he didn't have. Trump went after Kasich's work at Lehman Brothers, the firm whose 2008 bankruptcy almost tipped the world economy over the edge. Trump said Kasich was on the board, and Kasich correctly countered that he never was [saying that he was a "banker"]. He was a managing director in the investment banking division until the company's collapse, however. In Ohio, Kasich's opponents tried to blame him for disastrously tying up some state pension money with Lehman. Kasich said he made some introductions but they never led anywhere.

[OnTheIssues note: Politico.com scores this as an error by Donald Trump, but OnTheIssues would score this as an accurate statement by Trump: both "board member" and "managing director in the investment banking division" are high-level influential positions of responsibility. Kasich's counter that he was simply a "banker" attempts to mislead the public that he was not in a high-level influential position].

Source: Politico.com FactCheck on GOP 2015 CNBC debate Oct 28, 2015

On Drugs: Don't send mixed signals to kids by legalizing

Sending mixed signals to kids about drugs is a disaster. Drugs is one of the greatest scourge in this country, and I spent five years of my administration working with my team to do a whole sort of things to try to reign in the problem of overdoses, and it goes on and on. We could do a whole show on that.
Source: GOP "Your Money/Your Vote" 2015 CNBC 1st-tier debate Oct 28, 2015

On Education: Go after cost drivers in colleges, like sell parking lots

Q: This country has over $100 billion in student loan defaults. What will you do to make sure that students won't feel the economic impact of this burden for generations?

A: In Ohio we're changing the system. Universities will not get paid one dime unless the student graduates or completes a course. We are also working to go after the cost drivers in universities. At Ohio State they sold the parking garage and lot, and they got $500 million because they shouldn't be in the parking lot business.

Source: GOP "Your Money/Your Vote" 2015 CNBC 1st-tier debate Oct 28, 2015

On Energy & Oil: Yes, Ohio won with fracking, but we're diversified

KASICH: I went into Ohio where we had an $8 billion hole, and now we have a $2 billion surplus. We are up 347,000 jobs.

TRUMP: John got lucky with fracking. He hit oil. That's why Ohio is doing well. And that's important for you to know.

KASICH: Ohio does have an energy industry, but we're diversified. We are one of the fastest-growing states in the country. We came back from the dead. And you know what? It works very, very well.

Source: GOP `Your Money/Your Vote` 2015 CNBC 1st-tier debate Oct 28, 2015

On Families & Children: We need to rebuild our families and neighborhoods

We have a problem here with the leadership in Washington, but I'll tell you another problem. We need to rebuild our families. We need to have stronger families. We need to know who our neighbors are. We need to come together as a country because we have to realize that America is great, not from the top-down. Oh yeah, we want to elect a good president, but America is great from the bottom-up, and the bottom-up is us in our families, in our communities, in our neighborhoods.
Source: GOP "Your Money/Your Vote" 2015 CNBC 1st-tier debate Oct 28, 2015

On Government Reform: Let states decide how to govern themselves, not DC

In order to get this economy moving again, I call for freezing regulations for a year except for the problem of public safety. I believe that we need to cut these taxes down, we need to be on a roadmap to balancing the budget, and we need to send power, money, and influence, the welfare department, the education department, job training, infrastructure, Medicaid, all of that out of Washington back to the states so we can run these programs from where we live to the top, not a one size fits all mentality that they have in Washington.
Source: GOP "Your Money/Your Vote" 2015 CNBC 1st-tier debate Oct 28, 2015

On Health Care: Ohio took Medicaid from 10% to 2.5%

In my state, we took Medicaid, the hardest program to control, and we took it from a 10 percent growth rate to 2.5 percent without taking one person off the rolls or cutting one single benefit. We can take many of those same procedures, we can apply it to Medicare. We can make a stronger program. But I agree with Jeb, you can't just do this by growing the economy. You can't grow your way out of demographics.
Source: GOP "Your Money/Your Vote" 2015 CNBC 1st-tier debate Oct 28, 2015

On Principles & Values: Get this country moving again

My concern is we are on the verge, perhaps, of picking someone who cannot do this job. I've watched people say we should dismantle Medicare and Medicaid. I've heard them talk about deporting 10 or 11 million people, splitting families. I've heard about tax schemes that don't add up. We need somebody who can lead; we need somebody who can balance budgets, cut taxes. I did it in Washington, in Ohio, and I will do it again, if I am President, to get this country moving again.
Source: GOP "Your Money/Your Vote" 2015 CNBC 1st-tier debate Oct 28, 2015

On Tax Reform: My plan is no fantasy; I moved Ohio from $8B to $2B surplus

Q [to Ben Carson]: Your 15% flat tax plan leaves you with a $1.1 trillion hole.

CARSON: You also have to get rid of all the deductions and all the loopholes. You also have to do some strategic cutting in several places. Remember, we have 645 federal agencies and subagencies. Anybody who tells me that we need every penny in every one of those is in a fantasy world.

Gov. KASICH: We're going to have a 10% tithe, and just fix everything with waste, fraud, and abuse? Folks, we've got to wake up! These plans would put us trillions of dollars in debt. I actually have a plan. Why don't we just give a chicken in every pot while we're coming up with these fantasy tax gains? You have to deal with entitlements. You have to control discretionary spending. I went into Ohio where we had an $8 billion hole, and now we have a $2 billion surplus. We are up 347,000 jobs. In Washington, I fought to get the budget balanced. I was the architect. We cut taxes, and we have a $5 trillion projected surplus when I left.

Source: GOP `Your Money/Your Vote` 2015 CNBC 1st-tier debate Oct 28, 2015

On Tax Reform: No taxes on small business; kill the death tax

In our state, we went from a loss of 350,000 jobs to now a gain of 347,000 jobs to the positive. Our wages are growing faster than the national average, and I've cut taxes more than any sitting governor in this state, 5 billion dollars, including no taxes on small business and killing the death tax.
Source: GOP "Your Money/Your Vote" 2015 CNBC 1st-tier debate Oct 28, 2015

On Welfare & Poverty: Let's reform welfare for rich people as well as poor

When we talk about the import-export bank, it's time to clean up corporate welfare. If we are going to reform welfare for poor people, we ought to reform it for rich people as well.
Source: GOP "Your Money/Your Vote" 2015 CNBC 1st-tier debate Oct 28, 2015

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