Ohio Governor John Kasich found himself in Washington D.C. this week to help President Barack Obama complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The much-maligned economic international partnership has been criticized by many of Kasich’s fellow Republican figureheads.
At a press conference in the White House Press Room following his meeting with the president, Kasich railed against Washington politicians who refuse to cross the political aisle on issues they agree with.
Kasich does not believe that it should be looked at as unusual that he is a Republican who supports an economic policy favored by many Democrats.
“We cannot get to the point in America that because a Democrat wants something that you happen to agree with, you can’t agree with them,” Kasich said.
“There’s plenty of things that I disagree with President Obama on. But the idea that I’m a Republican, and therefore, I can’t work with Democrats, or you’re a Democrat and you can’t work with Republicans — how does anybody think that the issues of debt, Social Security, Medicare, health care, any of these issues are going to be resolved when we spend all of our time fighting with one another?”
According to Kasich, he doesn’t “recognize this town much anymore,” because it is so focused on partisan politics.
“When politics is the order of the day and partisanship trumps country, we drift as a nation. And I’m extremely concerned about what I see.”
Many people chimed in that Kasich’s message was exactly what was needed in this election cycle, and that it was a shame that he didn’t make it further in the Republican presidential primary cycle.
“Thanks John Kasich. Country above party. Wish you have been able to get further. I don’t agree with all of what you believe in…but I sure as hell recognize responsibility when I see it,” one Facebook user wrote.
“I’m a progressive. Before Kasich even said this, I have been saying that he was the most reasonable Republican in the race. And that if he had won. I would be much more happy having a Republican in office than Trump,”another added.