John Kasich in Fox News 2015 GOP primary debate


On Budget & Economy: Lift everybody and build a stronger America

Let's start off with my father being a mailman. I understand the concerns of all the folks across this country, some of whom having trouble making ends meet.

We were talking about balancing budgets. People were saying, could we do it? I was the chairman of the Budget Committee and the lead architect the last time it happened in Washington, and when we did it we had great economic growth, we cut taxes, and we had a big surplus.

Economic growth is the key. But once you have economic growth, it is important that we reach out to people who live in the shadows. And that includes people in our minority community; that includes people who feel as though they don't have a chance to move up.

You know, America is a miracle country. And we have to restore the sense that the American miracle will apply to you. Each and every one of the people in this country who's watching tonight, lift everybody, unite everybody and build a stronger United States of America again. It will be and can be done.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Top Ten First Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

On Civil Rights: I attended a gay wedding; accept the Supreme Court ruling

Q: If you had a son or daughter who was gay or lesbian, how would you explain to them your opposition to same-sex marriage?

KASICH: I'm an old-fashioned person here, and I happen to believe in traditional marriage.

Q: How would you explain it to a child?

KASICH: The court has ruled, and I said we'll accept it. And guess what, I just went to a wedding of a friend of mine who happens to be gay. Because somebody doesn't think the way I do, doesn't mean that I can't care about them or can't love them. So if one of my daughters happened to be that, of course I would love them and I would accept them. Because that's what we're taught when we have strong faith.We need to give everybody a chance, treat everybody with respect, and let them share in this great American dream. So, look, I'm going to love my daughters, I'm going to love them no matter what they do. Because, you know what, God gives me unconditional love. I'm going to give it to my family and my friends and the people around me.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Top Ten First Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

On Drugs: The tsunami of drugs threatens families

To treat the mentally ill, 10,000 of them sit in our prisons. It costs $22,500 a year to keep them in prison. I'd rather get them their medication so they could lead a decent life.

We are rehabbing the drug-addicted. 80% of the people in our prisons have addictions or problems. We now treat them in the prisons, release them in the community and the recidivism rate is 10% and the tsunami of drugs is threatening their very families. So we're treating them and getting them on their feet.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Top Ten First Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

On Families & Children: Nothing is more important to me than faith, family & friends

My father was a mailman. His father was a coal miner. My mother's mother could barely speak English. And their son today stands on this podium not only as the governor, but a candidate for president of the United States.

You know, I've had a lot of elections. But my elections are really not about campaigns. I tell my people that these are about a movement. And a movement to do what? To restore common sense. A movement to do things like provide economic growth. And a movement not to let anybody be behind.

You know, today the country is divided. We've got to unite our country again, because we're stronger when we are united and we are weaker when we are divided.

And we've got to listen to other people's voices, respect them. Because of how we respect human rights, because that we are a good force in the world, the Lord wants America to be strong. He wants America to succeed. And he wants America to lead. And nothing is more important to me than my family, my faith, and my friends.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Top Ten First Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

On Health Care: Expand Medicaid; everybody has a right to God-given purpose

Q: You chose to expand Medicaid in your state, unlike several other governors on this stage tonight. You defended your Medicaid expansion by invoking God, saying to skeptics that when they arrive in heaven, Saint Peter isn't going to ask them how small they've kept government, but what they have done for the poor.

KASICH: First of all, President Reagan expanded Medicaid 3 or 4 times. Secondly, I had an opportunity to bring resources back to Ohio. And the working poor, instead of them having come into the emergency rooms where it costs more, where they're sicker and we end up paying, we brought a program in here to make sure that people could get on their feet. And do you know what? Everybody has a right to their God-given purpose. Our Medicaid is growing at one of the lowest rates in the country. And, finally, we went from $8 billion in the hole to $2 billion in the black. We've cut $5 billion in taxes and we've grown 350,000 jobs.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Top Ten First Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

On Principles & Values: We turned Ohio around; people have hope again

You know, tonight we hear about what people want to do. I want to tell you what I've done.
  1. I was a member of the Armed Services Committee for 18 years. I spent a big chunk of my life studying national security issues and our role in the world.
  2. I was the chairman of the House Budget Committee and one of the chief architects the last time we balanced a budget, and it was the first time we had done it since man walked on the moon. We had a $5 trillion surplus and we cut taxes.
  3. I spent ten years in the private sector, actually learning how business works.
  4. And now I'm the governor of Ohio, and I inherited a state that was on the brink of dying. And we turned it all around with jobs and balanced budgets and rising credit and tax cuts, and the state is unified, and people have hope again in Ohio.
Source: Fox News/Facebook Top Ten First Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

On Principles & Values: The Lord wants America to succeed and for America to lead

Q: Have you received a word from God on what you should do and take care of first?

KASICH: I believe in terms of the things that I've read in my lifetime, the Lord is not picking us. But because of how we respect human rights, because that we are a good force in the world, he wants America to be strong. He wants America to succeed. And he wants America to lead. And nothing is more important to me than my family, my faith, and my friends.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Top Ten First Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

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