John Kasich Campaigns in Georgia and Addresses the House & Senate

Ohio Governor John Kasich was in metro Atlanta today, making appearances in Kennnesaw and Sandy Springs in support of his presidential campaign, where he is in last place with 8%, according to a recent AJC poll. In addition to the two public appearances, he also stopped by the Capitol to address the House and Senate.

Kasich’s address to the House advocated for a bottom-up approach to government, with more decisions being pushed to the state and local levels, and fewer decisions coming from Washington. Kasich told legislators,

We’ve got to be creative in government, and I believe we should run the country from the bottom up, not the top down. My job as president would be to come back and speak to you about the innovations we’re seeing around the country that are driven by creative legislators and by local governments.

Among the changes one could expect early in a Kasich presidency would be a rollback of federal regulations. Kasich pledged to lower taxes on individuals and businesses and restrain the size of government with an eye to getting the budget in balance. Kasich also pledged to:

  • Let Georgia design its own welfare program that fits the needs of its citizens.
  • Reduce the number of education programs run by the federal government, and send more responsibility to the states. Kasich pledged to turn education into a 21st century operation, rather than the way we educated kids 100 years ago.
  • Make transportation the responsibility of the states. Reduce the federal gas tax except for a few pennies per gallon to maintain the interstate system, and let the states manage their highways.
  • Block grant Medicaid to the states so they can use flexibility to create a healthcare program that matches the state’s needs.
  • Return job training programs to state control.

Stating that “The Lord has made us all unique, and has made us all for a purpose. I believe we’re part of a big mosaic to try to heal our country and our society and our world,” Governor Kasich said that one of America’s strengths was its ability of its people to connect with one another where they live.  And in closing, he had a message for the legislators in attendance:

You have a greater responsibility, which is to remember your job is to lift people, and not engage in the partisan fighting. We can fight, we can argue, but it should never be personal, Because the people of our state, our community and our country depend on us. But at the same time, we’ve got to encourage our constituents to realize that their purpose is to change the world as well. And if you can engage in that, and motivate them, you will have done a greater service than what you can do in this wonderful chamber.

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Those talking points are a little too states-rights focused for my taste, but go JK!

John Konop
John Konop

Kasich as a governor understands the issues with building roads, improving schools…..via federal government involvement driving up cost as well as delays with all the hoops to jump through. I have been mainly involved in transportaion and eduction issues, and trust much of the compliance makes no sense, and really hurts the end users. Just my 2 cents….

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

The state rights talk got my attention too. The problem with state rights is that there have been a few pretty bad experiences with state rights. RFRA may be the start of another.


His web site is devoid of specific policy recommendations and much of his campaign to this point lacked specifics. Most of the ideas listed above lack detail and of course he says nothing about entitlements. And how will he lower taxes and move towards a balanced budget? Early on, he claimed to be a “military expert” and he said he was the only candidate with “military experience” because of his years on the armed services committee. Evidently he did not know that Graham, Perry and Gilmore actually served in the military. When asked how many troops were needed in Iraq/Syria… Read more »


Kasich, like Rubio, is 0 for 4 so far in the early contests. He won’t win any of the SEC primary states next week. Maybe he wins something up north next Tuesday? But even so, that would not give him momentum.