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Kasich: I Want My Judges To Have ‘Conservative Values,’ Don’t Think Citizens United Is Good For the Country


Republican presidential candidate Ohio Governor John Kasich stated that he wants his judicial nominees to be someone “who’s fundamentally conservative, high ethics, good character, and a decent record” and that he doesn’t think the Citizens United decision is good for the country in an interview broadcast on Wednesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Hardball.”

Kasich was asked, “Do you think Citizens United‘s good for the country?”

He answered, “No. No, I don’t think that letting a handful of billionaires determine who’s going to be the president is good for the country.”

Kasich added that for a judge, “I just want somebody with conservative values, who’s not going to try to make law, and I’m not going to agree with everything the courts do.” He further stated, “I want to pick a judge who’s fundamentally conservative, high ethics, good character, and a decent record.”

Later he was asked, “What would have been better than Roe v. Wade?”

Kasich responded, “I don’t want to get into a big discussion here about the court and all their decisions.” He added, “I’m pro-life. Everybody knows that.”

Host Chris Matthews asked, “So, it’s up to the states?” Kasich then stated, “Look, the — what Roe v. Wade said is that they sort of legalized it and there have been growing restrictions on it, and I think the public is getting more comfortable. I’m pro-life with the exceptions of rape, incest, and life of the mother.”

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