Politics & Policy

Kasich on O’Reilly

Ohio governor candidate John Kasich, a Republican, made an appearance on Bill O’Reilly last night to discuss his campaign. For a man painted by Ohio’s Left as a selfish Wall Streeter, he cut a fairly appealing figure. The Democrats, if they are not worried, should be getting worried. There’s no video yet, and the transcript is subscription only, but a few highlights are below:

O’REILLY: So 10.4 unemployment. Full point higher than the national average. So Strickland brings in Obama. And I think a lot of people are going to go is that going to help him?

KASICH: Well, you know, it’s about money, Bill. You bring presidents in because they can raise money. And, you know, that’s, I think, why he came in, but it’s a double-edged sword because Obama’s approval, you know, actually fell under 50. It was one of the states where he fell under 50, you know, in the shortest amount of time. And now he’s hovering close to 40. And, you know, I think Ted has figured out that “I got to raise money. I got to do something.” […]

I don’t know what they raised today. I understand they gave away a lot of free tickets. I don’t know. But, you know, you always want to be with the president. I remember in 1982, I was running for Congress, nobody wanted to appear with Ronald Reagan, the Gipper. And I got to hang out with him, Bill. Nobody else wanted to be around him. And it was fantastic. You know, two different situations.

O’REILLY: Okay, but wait, though. You say everybody wanted to hang out with the president. Martha Coakley wanted to hang out with the president in Massachusetts. She got her butt kicked.

KASICH: Well, it’s a two-edged sword.

O’REILLY: This is what I mean. I was surprised quite — look, I know Strickland is a down-the-line liberal. And, by the way, we invited the governor on and he turned us down. Strickland would never come on a program like this because he simply can’t take the questions. He’s never been able to do that.[…]

O’REILLY: Now but, you know, the Rasmussen poll on the surface is good news for you, up by eight. But it may not be good news because it’s August. You know, you want the Rasmussen poll to have you up by eight a week before the election, because two things come into play. Some people get complacent. Oh, you know, Kasich’s going to win. I don’t have to go out. You got–you know, everybody’s got to go out.

And the second thing is that the press will turn against you even more, because I know the press in Ohio is pretty left-leaning, is it not?

KASICH: Well, Bill, I mean, first of all, in terms of the polls, I don’t pay a lot of attention to these polls, because it depends how they take them, when the sample is. I mean, I think you can say Rasmussen’s been pretty good. And that’s encouraging. But you know, my attitude is if you’re behind, you work hard. And if you’re ahead, you work harder. And there’s no complacency getting into this, because people know that this race in ‘10 determines the economic future of our state. And we also know that it’s critical for 2012. So people are motivated for a lot of different reasons.

O’REILLY: Now are you running against Obama as well as Strickland?

KASICH: No, I’m not–

O’REILLY: …No?

KASICH: No, I’m not running against–

O’REILLY: Because Ohio went for Obama?

KASICH: Yes, narrowly. But, look, I’m not running against Obama. I’m not even running against Strickland. I’m running in favor of doing the things we need to do to create jobs here. […]

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