September 8th, 2010
12:32 PM ET
4 years ago

NEW ALBANY, OHIO: Coffee with Kasich

John Kasich is no fan of the Obama economic program, but says perhaps this time the president has an idea worth considering.

The former GOP congressman is running for Ohio governor now, and says he wants to study the proposal President Obama is set to unveil Thursday near Cleveland.

The president is to propose a new research and development tax credit, in an effort to spur hiring. But the GOP congressional leadership has all but ruled out cooperating on any major Obama economic initiatives before Election Day.

"Better late than never as far as I am concerned," Kasich told CNN on Wednesday over coffee. "I need to see the details – these things are always in the details. … I've never been somebody who opposes an idea just because it happens to come from somebody in another party."

That said Kasich was scathing in his take of the Obama economic record so far:

"The tragedy here is it's almost a blown two years," the former House Budget Committee Chairman said. "When you take a look at the taxes in the health care bill, when you take a look at the amount of additional regulations on businesses and the Bush tax cuts are going to be repealed. Uncertainty strikes fear in the heart of businesses particularly small businesses and it strikes fear into the hearts of Americans"

Kasich labels incumbent Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland as anti-business, arguing the state's tax and regulatory climate discourages investments and job growth. Strickland disputes that, and in turn labels Kasich a pawn of Wall Street, citing his past work for Lehman Brothers.

Asked how he would be different from Strickland, Kasich said:

"Well the government is going to be modernized and shrunk," he said. "The taxes are going to be reduced. The regulations that get in the way of small business will be systematically repealed," Kasich said. "You're going to have a governor that actually understands business. He'll talk the language of business."


Filed under: 2010 • John Kasich • Ohio
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Laverne

    This is why Americans should NOT give republicans the opportunity to gain control of the house or senate. The GOP congressional leadeship has vowed to not cooperate before they even hear what's being proposed. They make me sick and republicans are the ones who can be described as Hitler, not Obama!

    September 8, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  2. bobden

    A reminder to you creep repubs - you are not being paid by the republican party. You are being paid by us taxpayers. So act in our interests - not in the interests of your party.

    September 8, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  3. dont care what you Demoncrates say

    bought you out didnt he, obama has nothing new to say, tell it like it is, it wont produce jobs till late 2011, be honest, oh its obama and all he does is lie like the rest

    September 8, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. Abby

    John Kasich is going to do whatever John Boehner tells him to do.
    And we all know what that is!

    September 8, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  5. Florida Joe

    these things are always in the details. … I've never been somebody who opposes an idea just because it happens to come from somebody in another party."
    ****************************************************************************
    NOW THAT's FUNNY........John Kasich is from Ohio and yet he has never met John Boner???? That clown opposes any idea from the President enven before the sentence is finished.........These Repubs are really something*************

    September 8, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  6. W l jones

    A Lawyer an Engineer look at a problem different than a odernary person ,otherwise they would not solve a mayor technocal problem. Our economy complexity is so vast it take the mind of both these subjest to faction a worker solution. We have a president who under stand both concept.and we should be thankful that he can look at both side of the problem at the same time. Bless.

    September 8, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    Watch, John King will provide a full transcript of this interview, glorifying everthing Kasich says, even though what Kasich says will be nothing more than the same old rhetoric that says absolutely nothing.

    September 8, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans know President Obama will reduce the budget, remember the trillions of dollars we spend in Iraq, well that's coming back home.

    September 8, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  9. Snow

    Kasich is well ahead in the polls and that is a good sign for ohio, just like it has been good for New Jersey and Virginia. Time to run demorat Governors out of the mansion's and out of town.

    September 8, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  10. Clint, Wa.

    The fact that the GOP congressional leadership has all but ruled out cooperating on any major Obama economic initiatives, is just mind blowing to me, they wouldn't really do that would they?

    Go Obama.

    September 8, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  11. Justin

    "the GOP congressional leadership has all but ruled out cooperating on any major Obama economic initiatives before Election Day."

    Proving once again that the GOP is only too happy to play politics with the lives and livelihoods of average Americans.

    Fiddling while Rome burns. That's commitment to your country.

    September 8, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. BeverlyNC

    Does he even know what the Obama economic plans and successes have been?

    All Republicans are focused on is NO NO NO and being so full of hate and lies they can't see beyond their narrow-minded intolerance of others.

    September 8, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    All new efforts to spur hiring, must have new jobs as a requirement for the tax credits.

    September 8, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |