Gov. John Kasich on State of the Union: Full Interview

Gov. John Kasich on State of the Union: Full Interview


AND JOINING US NOW, OHIO GOVERNOR JOHN KASICH. THANKS SO MUCH FOR JOINING US.>>THANK YOU, JAKE.>>I HAVE TO ASK, I KNOW YOU’RE GOOD FRIENDS WITH GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE. WHAT DID YOU MAKE OF HIS ENDORSEMENT OF DONALD TRUMP? HE’S MAKING THE ARGUMENT THAT IT SEEMS AS THOUGH TRUMP IS INEVITABLE AND NO ONE ELSE CAN BEAT HILLARY CLINTON, AND IT’S TIME FOR THE PARTY TO RALLY AROUND TRUMP?>>WELL, LOOK. YOU KNOW, I LIKE CHRIS. YOU KNOW, I’M AS FRIENDS AS MUCH AS ONE CAN BE AS ANOTHER POLITICIAN TO BE HONEST WITH YOU. I DO LIKE CHRIS AND I LIKE HIS WIFE, PMARY PAT, AND THE KIDS AE DOING REALLY, REALLY WELL. THEY’RE GOOD PEOPLE INSPECT IT TERMS OF DONALD TRUMP’S THE ONLY ONE THAT CAN BEAT HILLARY, I BEAT HILLARY TAN ANY OTHER PERSON IN THIS RACE BY 11 POINTS. IN OHIO, I GET HEAD TO HEAD WITH TRUMP, I BEAT HIM BY 18 POINTS, AND WE’RE BASICALLY RUNNING EVEN. JAKE, WHAT I TILL TELL YOU IS I THINK IT IS CRITICAL FOR ANYBODY LEFT IN THIS RACE TO WIN YOUR HOME STATE. IF YOU CAN’T WIN YOUR HOME STATE, YOU NEED TO GET OUT. WE’RE GOING TO GO TO OHIO. I WILL WIN OHIO. IF I DON’T WIN OHIO, THEN IT’S TIME TO CALL IT OVER, BUT I AM GOING TO WIN THAT STATE. AND THEN, YOU THOUGH, WE’RE OFF TO THE RACES.>>SO GOVERNOR, SENATOR MARCO RUBIO HAS STARTED SAYING THAT DONALD TRUMP IS A CON ARTIST. DO YOU AGREE?>>JAKE, I’VE BEEN IN A LOT OF ELECTIONS. AND YOU KNOW, I HAVE NEVER RESORTED TO NAME-CALLING. I MEAN, IT’S FINE TO TALK ABOUT, YOU KNOW, A PERSON’S RECORD, THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS OR LACK THEREOF, BUT NAME-CALLING IS NOT HOW WE SHOULD BE PICKING A PRESIDENT. AND FRANKLY, WE’RE GOING TO LOOK BACK ON THIS TIME AND WE’RE ALL GOING TO SHAKE OUR HEADS AND SAY, DID WE REALLY DEGRADE THE PROCESS OF PICKING THE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD? AND I’M VERY DISAPPOINTED — THAT’S WHY PEOPLE ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT MY CONTINUING FORWARD BECAUSE THEY SAY YOU’RE AN ADULT, AND YOU’RE RUNNING A POSITIVE CAMPAIGN. AND FRANKLY, I’D CALL ON EVERYBODY TO START DOING THAT AND STOP THE NAME-CALLING. IT’S JUST NOT GOOD.>>I HEAR YOU ON THE NAME CALLING GOVERNOR BUT YOU DON’T SEEM TO BE ASSERTING YOURSELF WHEN IT COMES TO SOME OF YOUR RIVALS AND WHY YOU’RE BETTER AND WHY SOME OF THE THINGS THAT THEY SAY UPSET YOU. YOU DID THAT EARLIER, BUT YOU HAVEN’T REALLY BEEN TALKING MUCH ABOUT DONALD TRUMP AND HIS PROPOSALS, WHETHER IT’S THE MUSLIM BAN OR THE THINGS HE SAID ABOUT BUILDING THE WALL. YOU DID MONTHS AGO, BUT YOU’VE STOPPED. AND I WONDER IF TO SOME VOTERS OUT THERE IT MIGHT LOOK LIKE YOU’RE AFRAID OF A FIGHT.>>NO, LOOK. I JUST THE OTHER NIGHT, I STOOD ON THE STAGE AND TOLD MY POSITION ON IMMIGRATION, ABOUT HOW SPLITTING FAMILIES WAS NOT GOING TO WORK. I’VE SAID ALL OF THESE THINGS. BUT YOU SEE, I THINK THE WAY IN WHICH YOU BEAT SOMEBODY LIKE DONALD TRUMP IS NOT WRESTLING IN THE MUD WITH HIM BUT RATHER TALKING ABOUT YOUR RECORD, YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND YOUR VISION. I MEAN, I THINK PEOPLE GET ELECTED PRESIDENT ON THE BASIS OF RECORD, ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND VISION.>>WHY WOULD YOU THINK THAT’S THE WAY TO BEAT DONALD TRUMP?>>NOT THE PERSON WHO SHOUTS THE LOUDEST. PART?>>I MEAN, WE’VE HAD FOUR CONTESTS NOW. WHY WOULD YOU THINK THAT THAT APPROACH IS THE WAY TO BEAT HIM?>>WELL, FIRST OF ALL, WE’RE FOLLOWING OUR CAMPAIGN PLAN RIGHT WHERE WE WANTED IT TO BE. AND JAKE, I’M THE LAST GOVERNOR STANDING. AND WE WENT FROM 16 DOWN TO, LIKE, 4 OR 5. I THINK I’M DOING JUST FINE. MOST PEOPLE DIDN’T THINK I’D GET IN AND I’D MAKE THE DEBATES AND THEN THEY DIDN’T THINK I’D GET TO NEW HAMPSHIRE. THEN THEY THOUGHT I’D GET 1% IN SOUTH CAROLINA. I’M VERY HAPPY WITH WHERE WE ARE. I HAD 1,000 PEOPLE AT MEMPHIS, 1,000 PEOPLE IN NASHVILLE. WE’RE GRASS-ROOTS PEOPLE, AND WE BELIEVE THAT WHEN THIS RACE TURNS TO THE NORTH, WHEN YOU GET TO OHIO, IT’S GOING TO BE A WHOLE NEW GAME. AND I’M NOT GOING TO RESORT TO NAME CALLING. I DON’T AGREE WITH DONALD TRUMP, AND AT SOME POINT, IF SOMEBODY SAYS WHAT’S YOUR POSITION, THE OTHER NIGHT I SAID, MY POSITION ON IMMIGRATION IS FINISH THE WALL. HAVE A GUEST-WORKER PROGRAM. AND FOR THE 11.5 MILLION THAT ARE HERE, IF THEY HAVEN’T BROKEN THE LAW SINCE THEY’VE BEEN HERE, THEY’LL PAY A FINE, BACK TAXES, BUT THEY SHOULD HAVE A PATH TO LEGALIZATION. NOW, I DON’T KNOW THAT I THEY’D TO GET INTO A SHOUTING MATCH WITH SOMEBODY TO PROVE MY POINT. SEE, I THINK WHAT HAPPENED THE OTHER NIGHT IN THE DEBATE, FOR THE PEOPLE OUT HERE WHO WATCH CAREFULLY, THEY SAID, HE’S AN ADULT IN THE ROOM. I’VE GOT — I GOT IT FROM SO MANY QUARTERS, IT’S AMAZING. AND YOU KNOW WHAT? I WOULD LIKE TO BE PRESIDENT, AND I’D LIKE TO RAISE THE BAR TO GET THERE. AND I BELIEVE THAT THIS IS THE WAY IN WHICH TO DO IT. AND JAKE, I’VE BOWON A LOT OF ELECTIONS IN MY LIFETIME. AND BY THE WAY, I’M BEATING HILLARY CLINTON BY MORE THAN ANYBODY ELSE IN THE FIELD. SO WHY WOULD I CHANGE?>>WELL, I MEAN, NO OFFENSE, BUT YOU HAVEN’T WON A CONTEST, AND IT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE YOU’RE GOING TO WIN ANY ON TUESDAY.>>NO. I THINK TRUMP’S PROBABLY GOING TO WIN PROBABLY ALL OF THEM. BUT YOU KEEP HOLDING YOUR OWN, AND WE HAVE OUR CAMPAIGN PLAN. I MEAN, EVERYBODY HAS TO DO IT THE WAY THEY WANT TO DO IT. OUR WAY OF DOING IT — OUR CAMPAIGN PLAN WAS ULTIMATELY TO, YOU KNOW, HOLD OUR OWN IN SOME OF THESE PLACES, AND WE WILL, I EXPECT. AND THEN WE’RE GOING TO HEAD NORTH. BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, WHAT CHANGES THIS RACE IS MY ABILITY TO WIN IN OHIO. AND IF ANY OF THESE PEOPLE CAN’T WIN THEIR OWN STATES, THEY PROBABLY OUGHT TO GET OUT. WE OUGHT TO CONSOLIDATE THE RACE. IN OHIO HEAD TO HEAD, I BEAT DONALD TRUMP BY 18 POINTS. WHY IS THAT? WHY IS IT THAT I’M RUNNING EVEN WITH DONALD TRUMP IN OHIO WITHOUT MAKING ANY REAL EFFORT IN OHIO? LET ME ALSO ASK YOU THIS. WHY AM I BEATING HILLARY CLINTON BY MORE THAN ANY OTHER CANDIDATE IN THE RACE? IS THAT BECAUSE I’M NOT BEING COMBATIVE ENOUGH? I TAKE MY POSITIONS, AND I HAVE STRONG POSITIONS, BUT I’M GOING TO RUN MY CAMPAIGN THE WAY I WANT TO, NOT THE WAY THAT SOME PUNDIT WANTS ME TO DO IT SO THEY CAN GET MORE EYEBALLS. TO BE HONEST WITH YOU, JAKE.>>I HEAR YOU, SIR. THAT’S TFINE. LET’S TALK ABOUT YOUR PATH. FORMER SENATOR JUDD GREGG SAID YOUR EMISSARIES SKETCHED OUT AN OUTCOME IN WHICH YOU END UP HYPOTHETICALLY WITH THE SECOND HIGHEST DELEGATE COUNT AND THEN YOU DIG IN AT THE CONVENTION TO COMPETE WITH TRUMP. ARE YOU OKAY WITH THE SCENARIO IN WHICH PRIMARY VOTERS CHOOSE ONE CANDIDATE BY A PLURALITY AND PARTY LEADERS NOMINATE SOMEONE ELSE AT THE CONVENTION?>>WLELL, LET’S NOT GET AHEAD O OURSELVES. I LOVE JUDD GREGG. HE’S ONE OF MY FAVORITE PEOPLE WHO SERVED IN THE CONGRESS WITH ME, BUT HE’S NOT EXACTLY IN OUR INNER CIRCLE, AND YOU KNOW THAT. I MEAN, THERE’S ALWAYS A SCENARIO OF A CHANCE OF A BROKERED CONVENTION, BUT I DON’T THINK THAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN. AND I THINK AFTER OHIO, WE’RE GOING TO HAVE A WHOLE NEW RACE. AND LOOK, JAKE, LET’S BE HONEST ABOUT THIS. THE MEDIA FROM THE DAY I GOT IN THIS THING HAS BEEN SKEPTICAL AND ANNOUNCING I WASN’T GOING TO WIN. REMEMBER I WENT TO A BREAKFAST AND I SAID IF I GET SMOKED IN NEW HAMPSHIRE — AND THEY’RE, LIKE, OH, HE’S ON DEATH WATCH, YOU KNOW. AND THEN WE FINISH SECOND AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN I GOT SOME ATTENTION. FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE I’VE BEEN IN THIS RACE, PEOPLE ARE BEGINNING TO HEAR MY MESSAGE. AND I’M GOING TO KEEP SPEAKING IT. AND I’M GOING TO STAY AS POSITIVE AS I CAN. FOR YOU, IF SOMEBODY WANTS TO COME AND ATTACK ME, I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE ANYTHING FROM THEM. YOU KNOW, JEB TRIED TO SAY STUFF ABOUT MY MEDICAID RECORD OR MY RECORD IN OHIO. AND I TOLD HIM HE’S WRONG. BUT I AM NOT GOING TO GET DOWN IN THE MUD. I BELIEVE YOU WIN ELECTIONS WITH ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND VISION. THAT’S HOW I DO IT. FOR YOU, IF I’M WRONG, I’LL ADMIT THAT I’M WRONG. BUT YOU WAIT AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS IN OHIO.>>THAT’S FAIR, BUT THERE ARE A LOT OF REPUBLICANS, AS YOU KNOW, WHO ARE VERY ALARMED BY THE IDEA THAT DONALD TRUMP COULD GET THE NOMINATION. THE HASHTAG ON TWI TWITTER, #NEVERTRUMP EXPLODED THIS WEEKEND ON TWITTER. MARCO RUBIO USED THAT HASHTAG. YOU KNOW, THE HASHTAG MEANS THEY WILL NOT VOTE FOR DONALD TRUMP EVEN IF HE IS THE NOMINEE. JUST TO BE CLEAR, IF TRUMP’S THE NOMINEE, YOU’LL SUPPORT HIM?>>I — YOU KNOW, WE’RE DOWN TO NOW FIVE PEOPLE. WE’RE ALL IN THE ARENA. AND I WILL SHOW RESPECT TO THE PERSON THAT EMERGES FROM THAT ARENA. I BELIEVE IT WILL BE ME. BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, I’M GOING TO SUPPORT THAT PERSON WHO WENT THROUGH THE ARENA AND BECAME THE NOMINEE. LOOK, THERE’S A LOT OF PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT HAVE NEVER BEEN IN THE ARENA. THEY’VE NEVER BEEN IN THERE. THEY’VE NEVER BEEN ENGAGED IN ANY BATTLE. THEY SIT UP IN THE STANDS. AND THEN THEY HAVE A LOT OF OPINIONS. YOU KNOW, I CAN REMEMBER — I COULD SIT UP IN THE STANDS AND TELL PEOPLE HOW TO PLAY FOOTBALL OR BASKETBALL OR WHATEVER. BUT YOU KNOW, YOU REALLY DON’T KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON ON THE FIELD UNLESS YOU’RE THERE. AND FRANKLY, ALL THESE PEOPLE THAT HAVE THESE OPINIONS THAT HAVE NEVER COMPETED, HEY, IT’S A GREAT THING! IT’S LIKE A SPECTATOR SPORT RIGHT? IT JUST IS — IT DOESN’T CARRY CREDIBILITY WITH ME. UNTIL YOU HAVE COMPETED, UNTIL YOU HAVE BEEN IN THIS POSITION, YOU REALLY DON’T UNDERSTAND WHAT’S HAPPENING. SO, LOOK. ANYBODY THAT EMERGES FROM THE ARENA, I’M GOING TO BE FOR.>>ALL RIGHT. GOVERNOR JOHN KASICH, GOOD LUCK ON TUESDAY.

47 thoughts on “Gov. John Kasich on State of the Union: Full Interview

  1. so disrespectful that the one candidate who is honest and wants to bring the country together and pursue smart policies is being ridiculed by all the mindless trump supporters who are only voting for Trump because of his celebrity status and they think he'll give them money when he's elected. And I'm tired of all the media pundits being told to "get kasich out of the way" so that they can focus more on trump and hillary.

  2. Jake tapper is the worst. He's disrespectful to everyone. These aren't even tough questions, they're like push polls. After the revolution I say we send Tapper to Siberia.

  3. He should have a spot on Trumps cabinet. Why are the big media outlets flipping out about trump. These dipshits should go after the Clintons or b Hussein Obama

  4. Nope! Not a President. .. I've read his full political record… he may come across as the least likely GOP candidate clown but he's still a clown.

  5. state of the union??? you cant eat a fish you caught in ohio because of farm runoff ,ariel spraying of pesticide and herbacide, ,dont take a rocket scientist to figure it out ,weeds can be controlled with row burning,st marys and lake erie will have alge blooms again this year and nothing will change,farmers have him in thier pocket.

  6. I understand John. He is Speaking loud and clear. But I think media programs can't hate him as much as trump or Obama. He is hard to pick on.

  7. Instead of asking ''do you like this guy, do you like that guy, what do you think about that mean think one said to another'' you should fucking ask his policies!

  8. Kasich has said that he will not enforce immigration law.
    http://www.breitbart.com/immigration/2016/03/14/john-kasich-goes-all-in-for-amnesty-illegals-made-in-the-image-of-the-lord/

    Kasich was pro-NAFTA which meant the loss of millions of American jobs. Now he supports TPP – which has already caused the loss of over 112,000 Ohio jobs in 2015.
    http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2016/03/ohio_lost_112500_jobs_due_to_t.html

  9. Kasich took over 200,000$ from george sorrows. aint he a left wing activest that funded obamas campaign,and now funding hitlerys campaign? kasich knows it is impossible for him to win,he is in on the establishment trying to sabotage deligates from trump by staying in. he supports nafta,back stabbing all the people of ohio!

  10. Kasich can't win – he isn't even on the ballot in Pennsylvania! His only reason for staying in the race is to disrupt the election. It's dumb to waste your vote on him.

  11. Finish the wall? Ah ha ha ha ! What part about Berlin did this moron not get? Having said that, at least he acknowledges anthropomorphic global warming!

  12. I thought Kasich was the real fixer, the guy who knows how to save money. I'm disappointed in him for being one of those big dollar Washington elites whose doing his best to derail the Trumpster. The man needs over 116% of the delegates but yet he stays in the race, DUH that's really saving the tax payers of OHIO a lot of money when he should be at home doing what he's getting paid to do. I know it hurts John but it's over.

  13. Something is seriously wrong with the mentality of Americans voting for Trump. Kasich is not afraid of a fight, he is an adult. Not like trump ,who has no background in politics. I dont like the tone of the interviewer trying to get a negative reaction out Kasich.

  14. തിരുവനന്തപുരം ജില്ലയിലെ വിവിധ തീരദേശ വികസന സമിതി യോഗം തീരുമാനിച്ചു കഴിഞ്ഞു മടങ്ങിയ

  15. I really like John Kasich. He seems to be a real down to earth person that came from humble beginnings and worked hard to achieve what he has.

  16. I hope you retards realise he needs 130% of the remaining delegates to win. uhhhh… that can't happen. HE HAS NO PATH TO VICTORY, what this libtard is trying is for the convention to give his delegates to trump so John can be vice. Vote Cruz!

  17. Kasich, you need to keep your ass here in Ohio. You have ABSOLUTELY NO CHANCE OF WINNING. WHY would you muddle the stream of what's happening. Only a dumb fuck from Ohio would do that.

  18. If Kasich is doing so good at governing Ohio why the hell are all the Buckeyes coming to my state to work??? He says he is the only one that could beat Hillary, then why is Trump and Cruz kicking his ass in every state except for Ohio????? Who wants to vote for a guy that is the only person that thinks he can win, he is an idiot..

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