January 14th, 2010
06:17 PM ET
10 years ago

Kasich: 'I was in the Tea Party before there was a Tea Party'

Washington (CNN) - With the Tea Partiers throwing their weight around in Republican primaries nationwide, a number of GOP candidates have spoken at Tea Party rallies and huddled with the small government activists who make up the movement.

But John Kasich, the Republican candidate hoping to topple Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland this November, was apparently the very first.

"I've been all over the state, including with our friends in the Tea Party movement," Kasich said Thursday during a press conference in Columbus announcing his running mate, state Auditor Mary Taylor. He added: "I think I was in the Tea Party before there was a Tea Party."

Kasich - a former congressman, talk show host and Lehman Brothers investment banker - praised the movement for "saying enough of the same old tired promises, pushing problems down the road. Let's fix things now."

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  1. richard

    the move your money ; have taken wings beause wall street and the banks in which bush1........... created and his son breathed life into are their banks,,,,,, and has caused havoc w/ the economy while them folks walk w/ barrels of loot........... bonuses....... bank of america, citi bank which the saudi's brought during bush1 yrs. wells fargo, you people have been took you been hood -winked

    January 14, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |

    Go John – you're the best!!!

    January 14, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  3. Denna

    I wish the Tea Partiers had been this vocal when President Bush starting running the country into the ground. I guess it's okay for a conservative to trash the country, but not okay for a liberal to bring it back from the brink. If Republicans come to power again, it will finish America. The one perk will be seeing Michael Steele's mouth shut up because they are going to dump him like yesterday's garbage.

    January 14, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  4. noneofyourbusiness

    Kasich – a former congressman, talk show host and Lehman Brothers investment banker...

    How does one claim to be an anti-tax 'Tea Partier' when he worked at then now "driven-out-of-business" Lehman Brother?

    January 14, 2010 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  5. AmericanFlag

    Enough of this tired old flip-flopping. This guy should shut up and start supporting the troops.

    January 14, 2010 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  6. vette gal

    Let me get this right....a former talk show host, a Lehman Brothers investment banker and a former congressman? This alone would be enough for me to bypass voting for this guy for governor. He was part of the group (bankers) that got us in this mess by lying and stealing. This guy should go out and get a real job instead of trying to stay in the lucrative position of politician/banker/talk show host.

    January 14, 2010 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
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