John Kasich in CNN 2015 GOP primary debate


On Abortion: Defund Planned Parenthood, like we are trying in Ohio

Q [to Kasich]: Sen. Cruz is so committed to stripping federal funds from Planned Parenthood that it could result in shutting down the federal government in two weeks. Do you agree with this tactic?

KASICH: Well, I agree that we should defund Planned Parenthood. I don't know many people in America who don't think that we should, and in my state, we're trying to figure out how to get it done, because we are threatened with the federal government taking all of our Medicaid money away. I think there is a way to get this done by giving governors the ability to be able to act to defund Planned Parenthood. But when it comes to closing down the federal government, you gotta be very careful about that. I was in the Congress for 18 years; there are ways to do it without having to shut the government down, but I'm sympathetic to the fact that we don't want this organization to get funding, and the money ought to be reprogrammed for family planning in other organizations that don't support this tactic.

Source: 2015 Republican two-tiered primary debate on CNN Sep 16, 2015

On Homeland Security: Iran nuke deal makes us stronger; we could restart sanctions

Q: What about the Iranian nuclear deal?

KASICH: Well, first of all, I think it's a bad agreement, I would never have done it. But, you know, a lot of our problems in the world today is that we don't have the relationship with our allies. If we want to go everywhere alone, we will not have the strength as much as if we could rebuild with our allies. Now, this agreement, we don't know what's going to happen in 18 months. I served on the Defense Committee for 18 years. And, if we find out that they may be developing a nuclear weapon, than the military option is on the table. We are stronger when we work with the Western civilization, our friends in Europe, and just doing it on our own I don't think is the right policy.

Source: 2015 Republican two-tiered primary debate on CNN Sep 16, 2015

On Principles & Values: Battle radicals by showing greatness of west

You win the bigger war with the battle of ideas. You wonder why young people, educated people, and rich people have tried to join ISIS. We need to wake up to the fact that those murderers and rapists need to be called out, and in Western civilization we need to make it clear that our faith in the Jewish and Christian principals force us to live a life bigger than ourselves. Make sure that all of our people feel fulfilled in living in Western civilization.
Source: 2015 Republican two-tiered primary debate on CNN Sep 16, 2015

On Principles & Values: America is great because it's run from the bottom up

America was never great because we ran America from the top down. America is great because we have run America from the bottom up, where we all live in the neighborhoods. One more time in America, we need to revive the concept of citizenship, where everybody's actions make a huge difference in changing the world.
Source: 2015 Republican two-tiered primary debate on CNN Sep 16, 2015

On War & Peace: We operate better in the world when our allies work with us

We operate better in the world when our allies work with us. President Bush did it in the Gulf War. We work better when we are unified. Secondly, nobody's trusting Iran. They violate the deal, we put on the sanctions, and we have the high moral ground to talk to our allies in Europe to get them to go with us. We can have our allies, and we can be strong as a country, and we can project across this globe with unity. That is not what gets us where we want to get as a nation.
Source: 2015 Republican two-tiered primary debate on CNN Sep 16, 2015

The above quotations are from CNN Two-Tier 2015 GOP primary debate
First Tier: Eleven candidates by polls
Second Tier: Four other Republicans
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