October 25th, 2010
02:45 PM ET
11 years ago

Kasich rails on 'negative, smearing, lying' Democrats

Westerville, Ohio (CNN) - Ohio Republican gubernatorial nominee John Kasich kicked off a statewide bus tour with his fellow GOP candidates on Monday by unleashing an angry attack on Democrats who, he charged, have run a campaign based on fear, lies and mudslinging.

"In my entire political life I have never seen the kind of negative, smearing, lying stuff that these Democrats have done and brought on the people of this state," he told a crowd of Republicans in this Columbus suburb. "Shame on them! Do they have one good positive decent idea in their brain? I don't think so."

Kasich, a former Congressman and Lehman Brothers employee, is trying to unseat Gov. Ted Strickland, whose campaign has portrayed Kasich as friend of Wall Street who voted against Second Amendment rights and backed unfair trade deals when he served in the House.

Both campaigns, along with their out-of-state allies, have funded negative television and radio ads. Polls suggest the race is a toss-up as it heads into its final week, a closing stretch that will see Ohio campaign stops from President Obama, Vice President Biden and former President Bill Clinton.

Kasich spent much of the speech criticizing President Obama's "big government" agenda and said the White House is paying so much attention to Ohio in order to protect Obama's re-election hopes in 2012.

"Barack Obama comes into this state and all he talks about is, 'They're going to take us backwards,'" he said. "Well you know what? Backwards into the 90s is a heck of a lot better than what he's given us since he's been president."

He called Ohio "the eye of the tiger" this election season and claimed the whole world is watching what happens in the Buckeye State.

"This is our chance in this state, in ground zero, to have our say, to stick up for what we believe in," he said. "We can be a role model for the rest of this country, and then we move forward to 2012."

For all his bombast about President Obama, Kasich made no mention of Strickland. He instead issued ominous warnings about how the Democratic Party may try to steal the election next Tuesday.

"They will try to buy this election from top to bottom," he said. "They are going to use the policies of fear, every left-wing organizer in this country, to come in here and scare our people and try to drag people away from the polls. They don't want you to vote. They are going to tell a lot of lies."

Lis Smith, a spokeswoman for Strickland, accused Kasich of losing his cool.

"With his campaign in freefall, it's not surprising that Congressman Kasich has resorted to lashing out irrationally at campaign rallies," Smith said in an email. "Unfortunately for him, the more Ohioans have learned about him - and his support for disastrous policies like outsourcing - the less they like him."

Kasich's fiery, finger-jabbing tone was a departure from the quiet speech of GOP Senate nominee Rob Portman just moments before. Portman, a former congressman and budget chief under President George W. Bush, tends to avoid bomb-throwing rhetoric in favor of measured critiques about how Democrats have mismanaged the economy.

"We lost jobs last month, 17,000 jobs last month in Ohio," Portman said. "Those aren't statistics, those are families. Those are families that are losing hope, and people that are getting left behind. That's what this campaign is all about."

Filed under: 2010 • John Kasich • Ohio
soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. Big_D

    It is kind of ironic to see a Republican complain on the date the actual murderer of Chandra Levy is going to trial. Have the democrats accused you of murder like FOX and the GOP did to Gary Condit? No? THEN SHUT THE F&*K UP YOU WUSSIE!

    October 25, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  2. Reality Stinks

    It's simply really... Since the Democrats cant tout their accomplishments, they have to fall back on something less tangible. 'negative, smearing, lying' fits their personality perfectly.

    October 25, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  3. T'SAH from Virginia

    Wow – Kasich is getting SALTY????? How does it feel to be on the other end of FEAR-MONGERING – if you want to call it FEAR-MONGERING??? Maybe it’s the TRUTH! Wow, what a change for ONCE!!! Now maybe the RepubliCAN'Ts will find some decency in the next election and tell the TRUTH instead of scaring the American people with their falsehoods and Fear-Monger tactics!!!

    "Barack Obama comes into this state and all he talks about is, 'They're going to take us backwards,'" he said. "Well you know what? Backwards into the 90s is a heck of a lot better than what he's given us since he's been president."

    Hmm, so you are going to take us BACKWARDS!!!!! Also, wasn’t CLINTON president in the 90’s???? That’s where we want to be anyway – BEFORE the tax cuts and BEFORE Bush and BEFORE the corruption and BEFORE the war and BEFORE 9/11 – that’s right – back to when there was a SURPLUS!!!! Dang, do RepubliCAN’Ts think before they SPEAK!!! ROTFLMAO!!

    Man, this man is CRAZY – he is ANGRY – not at his opponent – he’s MAD at President Obama!!!! There must be something in the AIR that’s TICKING his behind off!!! Just like the LOSER in the PREVIOUS TICKER – PENCE – he claims they RepubliCAN’Ts ARE NOT going to work with any MAJOR ISSUES with President Obama!!!

    The American people are waking up and suddenly – THEY REMEMBER!!!!!!! They remember the 90s and so does KASICH – who admits the 90s were better!!!!!

    DEMOCRATS in OHIO – keep the base UNITED and get out and VOTE!!!! Oh yea, the early voting seems to be benefitting the Democrats – Hopefully, this is a GOOD sign that they are all voting DEMOCRAT!!!

    This is T’SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!

    October 25, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  4. Peter Zheutlin

    This guy should talk. Was there ever a party that relied more on fear mongering than the GOP? They've lied about what's in the health care bill, they lied their way into war with Iraq, and the list goes on and on. As for the economy, has no one noticed that since Obama came to office the stock market is up 50%? That we are no longer losing anywhere close to 800,000 jobs a month as were were at the end of the Bush years, indeed job growth is positive, though anemic. But it a heck of a lot better than where we were under the GOP. Kasich is a joke.

    October 25, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  5. normajean

    Mr. Kasich talks about the jobs they lost last month, in his state, well the
    rest of the country lost theirs two years ago under a Repub. administration.Whole industries in California went down under Repubs and have not begun to return, We have people with degrees and years of experience that had the rug pulled out more than two years ago and have nowhere to turn. So much for education an longevity.When everything goes down, it takes a lot more than two years to bring it back and it's expected that BOTH parties work at it. You're blaming the wrong people, Mr. Kasich!!!!!!!!

    October 25, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  6. Glenn from Cary

    Wow, that's funny. I'm pretty sure John Kashich doesn't have a moral right to talk about such things. Isn't he a Republican?

    October 25, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  7. Jon

    In his entire life? - He obviously wasn't paying attention during the last, oh, five or six elections, was he? - Anyway, yeah, politics in Ohio in particular has been really dirty this cycle – but on both sides, not just the Democrats.

    October 25, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  8. jeff, alabama

    This guy had better watch his
    mouth. You say something like
    this about the democrats and the
    media will launch a full scale
    character attack on you.
    They may do some research to
    see if he ever played with a
    weegie board as a child.
    Or maybe he told a Pollock
    joke in the third grade. Or he
    may have even dated a young
    girl who said she was intrigued
    by witches.

    October 25, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  9. Lee Oates

    For the Republicans to accuse Democrats of lying is like a 500 lb woman accusing a 200 lb women of beng fat.

    October 25, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  10. diridi

    Ohio, just vote any democratic person....period...Nation is reeling thru problems, and getting much better...Obama's policies are good for the nation and its common man....GOP thieves robbed this nation and sold out to Saudi, and China....look, they are not even pouring oil in USA, the oil is going elsewhere....go and vote for Dems...

    October 25, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  11. Jill-IN

    Investment Banker Kasich will not serve Ohio people. Don't vote for Kasich.

    October 25, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  12. Harish

    Democrats can't run on their record so they have mud sling. We have 9.6% unemployment and I have not seen one add touting the big Democratic initiatives like Obamacare.

    October 25, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  13. Tulsa

    What?!?!? Talk about the freakin' pot caqlling the kettle black!
    Until these bozos stop shouting and realize that BOTH parties are engaging in stupid, unfactual, smear and fear campaigns this will never stop.

    That being said, if you think Democrats are worse than Republicans you are in deep denial. Rove and his goonies started this crap in the modern era. I'm not talking about in national politict.... they just carried it over from Texas. Rove outright lied and slandered the people in Ann Richards campaign. I was there and it sickened me then. Now it has become worse. Palin, Bachmann, DeMint, the rise of Fox has taken this country to all time lows.

    October 25, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  14. Tulsa

    Hey "vote for the best cvandidates", show me this "super majority".... you know that means 60 Democrats in the Senate right? Fool.

    October 25, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  15. acura2010

    Kasich rubs shoulders with hellraisers teabaggers who has absolutely nothing to solve America problems. Divisive and division will not create jobs.

    October 25, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  16. katiec

    It is impossible not to laugh out loud when hearing republicans, who are the kings of lies, distortions, fear mongering, swift boating point their "pure" fingers at others.
    Have never seen a political party so filled with hypocrits, so unconcerned about the survival of us and our country, so dedicated to winning this next election at any cost, supporting the buying of this election by big business, special interests that they are willing to sacrifice everything they were elected to do.
    Voters, we cannot allow them to regain control!! We cannot allow them to buy this election.

    October 25, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  17. godblessusa

    Kasich's comment about Democrats is the most accurate description of Karl Rove that I've ever heard.

    October 25, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  18. Irma in North Carolina

    Hey John why dont you start praying with O'donnell. In the end the guy above will see who is fit for this job. He didn't let us down when he kept Sarah from getting into the white house. Just remember what goes around comes around. And it will come around to you, Palin and the fox gang and the rest of the Party of NO.

    October 25, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    Just more "I know you are but what am I?" playground politics from yet another Republican who is proving to have real problems with projecting his own behavior on others. If any of you Koch suckers have a problem with that, then go tell it to a death panel....if you can find one. Morons.

    October 25, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  20. kay

    This buckeye democrat,thinks that he doth protest too much. I do believe he needs hearing aids. Have little whine with your cheese. You and Portman are the liars and thieves.Your running mate lied then back tracked.Your whiney voice is enough to grate on the nerves.

    October 25, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  21. Neo

    "In my entire political life I have never seen the kind of negative, smearing, lying stuff that these Democrats have done and brought on the people of this state,"

    What a laugh. Just becomes the democrats are trying desperately to match the GOP spin machines who are ther true masters of negative, smearing, lying campaign.

    October 25, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  22. Lynda/Minnesota

    Let's talk about lies, Kasich. We'll start first with the lie that Obama caused the recession, and work our way from there. Let's talk about nasty campaigns, Kasich. We'll start with the ads that CrossRoads and the Chamber of Commerce are now flooding the airwaves with - each and every one is based on lie, after lie, after lie. (Probably why the secret donors refuse to state in their ads who they are and who they represent. Just all very hush-hush between candidate and donor.) Let's not even get into the name calling being done on the right towards our President, Speaker of the House, and Majority Leader, Kasich. Too sickening for words. But, if it makes you feel better to point fingers, by all means, be my guest and point away.

    October 25, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  23. 8 Days until Socialism dies in the United States!!

    he charged, have run a campaign based on fear, lies and mudslinging.

    Of course they are! Do you think they are going to run on their miserable failed socialist agenda??!! Obozocare that is raising everybodys premiums and has companies talking about dropping coverage?? No, can't talk about THAT!

    Failure to secure the borders but willspend money suing those states that are actually willing to enforce the laws of this nation? NO, can't talk about THAT!

    Demonizing every business in sight, taxing them, intimidating them, driving up their cost structures and then wondering where all the jobs are??!! NO, can't alk about THAT either...

    What else is left but to spew lies. After all, it was the DemocRATS do best, just after taxing, spending, spending, spending,...

    October 25, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  24. John Lubeck

    John Kasich clearly has no idea what a fact is, or factual information. His GOP has led us to the brink of destruction with incompetence, ignorance, lies and corruption. What drug is he on? The Republican party must all be on the same on.

    October 25, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  25. Neo

    "In my entire political life I have never seen the kind of negative, smearing, lying stuff that these Democrats have done and brought on the people of this state,"

    This statement its self is another extreme "lying stuff" from the GOPers

    October 25, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
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