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Kasich: I cannot support the Republican Party if it doesn't fix itself

Gov. John Kasich (AP/File) Gov. John Kasich (AP/File)
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Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Sunday suggested he would pull his support from the Republican Party if it does not fix itself.

“If the party can’t be fixed, Jake, then I’m not going to be able to support the party. Period. That’s the end of it,” Kasich told Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Asked what that meant for his future political career, Kasich shut down the suggestion he is considering becoming an Independant, emphasizing the GOP is in major need of reform.

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"I want this party to be straightened out," Kasich said. “What I’m saying to you is we need to fix it.”

Kasich said the Republican Party has lost its North Star focusing on the national debt.

“If the Republican Party is going to be anti-immigration, if it’s not going to be worried about debt, if it’s going to be anti-trade, this is not where our party can be,” he explained. “I mean, I’m worried about our country and my kids’ future. But have I given up? Of course not."

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The Ohio governor made it clear he did not support former Judge Roy Moore, the far-right GOP nominee for Alabama’s Senate seat. Moore has made numerous controversial remarks including in 2005 that homosexuality should be illegal and that the 9/11 terrorist attacks was a punishment from God.

When asked if Moore is the future of the GOP, Kasich laughed and said, "I certainly hope not." 

On Sunday morning, Kasich suggested President Donald Trump was mishandling the crisis in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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“When people are in the middle of a disaster, you don’t start trying to criticize them,” Kasich said. “You have to ignore it and be bigger than the nonsense.”

The president published 18 tweets Saturday pushing back against critics who say his administration has not done enough to aid Puerto Rico.

"They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort,” Trump tweeted. “10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job."

Kasich has been a rumored 2020 presidential contender but said in August he has no plans on launching a campaign. 

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