Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) is, again, insulting citizens of his state who oppose the Common Core standards. In January, Kasich referred to resistance to the controversial education initiative as “hysteria,” and on Thursday the governor said Common Core opposition is “a runaway internet campaign, as far as I’m concerned in Ohio.”
Telegraph-Forum of Bucyrus, Ohio reports that, on a trip to South Carolina, the potential 2016 presidential contender reaffirmed his support for the nationalized standards.
When asked about the Common Core, Kasich responded, “That is not something that Barack Obama is putting together…it’s local school boards developing local curriculum to meet higher standards. I cannot figure out what’s wrong with that.”
In January, Ohio parent grassroots activist Thea Shoemake told Breitbart News Kasich’s statements about the standards are nothing less than “ignorant.”
“Most are aware that Gov. Kasich would like to throw his progressive hat into the presidential race, and equally aware that Race to the Top and Common Core are already major factors in the vetting process,” Shoemake said. “What better way to generate name recognition without having to pay for it, and tip his hat to big government, progressive donors, than to bully the masses behind the groundswell of opposition?”
“Otherwise, if he is indeed still that ignorant after two years of national headlines, and repeal efforts in other states, then he has already handicapped himself out of the presidential pool,” Shoemake continued. “At this point, after shoving Medicaid expansion & Common Core down the throats of Ohioans, I’d say Gov. Kasich may indeed be a good fit as Hillary Clinton’s running mate.”