John Kasich is seeking the GOP nomination for the 2016 Presidential Election. John Kasich is classified as a Libertarian-Leaning Conservative by On the Issues, meaning he believes in less government control on economic issues, but more government control on social issues such as LGBT rights and marijuana legalization. John Kasich has been falling in the polls and has an RCP average of 1.7%, right behind Carly Fiorina at 2.0%.
John Richard Kasich was born on May 13th, 1952 in Mckees Rocks, Pennsylvania. After he graduated from the public high school in Mckees Rocks, he attended Ohio State University, where he received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science in 1974. In the time between 1974 and 1983, Kasich rose through the ranks of state politics, and became US representative in 1983. During his time in the House, John was part of the House Armed Service Committee and the House Budget committee until 2001, when he launched a very unsuccessful campaign for the presidency. After some time in the private sector, John Kasich ran and won the gubernatorial race in Ohio in 2010, and is currently on his second term in the position. As governor, he cut taxes, created hundreds of thousands of jobs, and balanced the state budget. John Kasich has been married twice, and has twin daughters.
John Kasich wants to cut funding to many federal programs such as Planned Parenthood, Medicare, and Medicaid, but increase military spending. As president, he would enact a budget balancing initiative to tackle the rising national debt, and cites his experience as Governor of Ohio as proof that he could effectively handle the national debt and create jobs. As governor, he created hundreds of thousands of private sector jobs and created a budget surplus in Ohio. Kasich would also cut taxes to encourage growth for small businesses.
Like many other conservatives, Kasich would work to repeal Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act. He sees Obamacare as a government overreach and a huge burden on citizens who do not need the same treatments as others. Instead of the Affordable Care Act, Kasich would implement better standards to “promote long term good health instead of just reacting when someone gets sick,” and reward high quality care. Kasich states that using his plan will “help more Americans get and stay healthy in a high-quality and affordable way that sustainably supports our country’s long-term economic growth.”
John Kasich believes that the common core is a government overreach. He believes that education control should be kept on the state and local level; “as president he would call on states to develop, adopt, and maintain their own rigorous standards, not impose federally mandated learning standards on local schools.” He also promotes school choice in order to make education as comprehensive and competitive as possible. John Kasich has said that college costs are too high, and he would work to lower them, making higher education more accessible to more people.
As president, John Kasich would work with NATO to lead a global coalition against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. He would increase intelligence collection, create no fly zones, and support our allies (including the Kurds) to fight the Islamic State using more aggressive tactics.
Kasich would also fight regional aggression in the cases of Russia in the Baltic States and China in the South China Sea. In Eastern Europe, he would work to strengthen our NATO allies and the Baltic States, and train and effectively arm the Ukrainians against Russian aggression. In the case of the South China Sea, he would increase our naval presence in the region, help Japan defend its territorial waters, and use more advanced military technology such as acoustic sensors and anti-ship missiles.
Kasich feels that our military has fallen short in recent years and would enact a complete rebuild of the pentagon from the ground up. He would increase funding to the military and increase the strength of our cyber defenses, saying, ‘“We must defend against cyber attacks on our government and businesses, as well as counter the online activities of jihadis and other opponents.”
John Kasich is a pro-life candidate except in cases of rape and incest. Unlike many of his fellow candidates, Kasich does not view the life of the mother as grounds for termination. He would also work to defund Planned Parenthood and other groups that provide abortions.
John Kasich is personally against the recreational use of marijuana, but would leave the decision up to the state. In an interview with Stephen Colbert, when asked if marijuana was really the problem, he said, “ We don’t want to tell our kids, ‘Don’t do drugs, but by the way, this drug’s OK.” He also stated that he would be against the medical legalization of marijuana, but again, would leave it up to the state.
About LGBT rights, John Kasich has said that he personally supports “traditional” marriages, but he says that it is time to move on. Unlike some of the other candidates, he is relatively accepting of gay couples, stating that he had even been to a gay wedding. He said that he can love and respect gay couples and would leave legalization up to each state.
John Kasich is against birthright citizenship but would be against deportation of all undocumented immigrants, due to his belief that many contribute to the US economy. Kasich is Pro-Amnesty. As president he would institute immigration reform, and this reform would start with completing a border fence and creating a streamlined path to citizenship for all immigrants.