Kasich: Abortion Issue ‘Dwarfed’ by Need to Stop Trump’s ‘Division’

Former Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) addressed ABC’s “The View” co-host Meghan McCain’s concerns over a potential Biden-Harris administration’s abortion policies by arguing stopping the “division” President Donald Trump was causing is a higher priority on Friday.

McCain said, “Governor, I actually have been looking forward to having you on to ask this question because you know my family. I was raised with a certain set of values and principles, and I was raised conservative. I’ve only gotten more conservative as I’ve gotten older, and I’m almost nine months pregnant.”

She continued, “I hate President Trump, and I think everybody else knows that. But there are some policies on the left, specifically with Kamala Harris right now, having to do with abortion. She co-sponsored a bill doing away with any limits at all, also running on taxpayer funding for abortions. I was surprised at this. You’re pro-life, and I know that. You were pro-life in politics, as am I. It’s a big part of who I am and my platform, and I don’t think taxpayers should be funding abortions for women who are as pregnant as I am right now. How would you push back against a voter like me who’s concerned about things like this in a possible Biden-Kamala administration?”

Kasich said, “I agree with you on your position, Meghan. But look, again, I’m not a person— I disagree with Joe Biden in a number of areas. I don’t agree with him in capital gains taxes, but the issues here are dwarfed, in my opinion, by the fact that he’s a person that can pull us together. So do I think that if he wins, that all of a sudden, all these things are going to happen that are negative? No, I don’t believe that at all because that’s not his character. That is not who he is.”

He continued, “I hope this is appropriate for me to say. As you know, your father and Joe were great friends. Why? Not because they agreed on everything, but they could find common ground. So do I think we’re going to end up in some cataclysmic place if he wins? I don’t, but I do believe four more years of this division is wrecking the very soul of our country, and we continue down this path, I don’t know how we come back.”

He added, “I would encourage people to look at what I wrote on USA Today about the power of faith. Franklin Roosevelt, Lincoln himself called on the power of God to help the American people to overcome crises. That is part of how we’re going to overcome this division, with the inspiration from our creator animating individuals to wake up to what’s happening in this country.”

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