How one statement ignited an explosion
Presidential candidates certainly must be watchful of how they speak at all times. The smallest misstep can result in an explosion of harsh backlash from the media, as well as from potential voters. Sometimes, however, one must use a little common sense instead of blindly following the media.
Such is the case in the recent John Kasich faux pas, where he inadvertently annoyed a large number of women with one innocent comment. Kasich was speaking at George Mason University in Virginia today, campaigning ahead of the upcoming primary scheduled for March 1st. The Republican presidential hopeful was sharing the experience of his first political campaign in 1978 for Ohio state senate, reports The Columbus Dispatch, when things went awry. John Kasich described a time when he had no real political support, just simply a crowd of normal people who helped his cause:
"We just got an army of people who, and many women, who left their kitchens to go out and go door to door and to put yard signs up for me."
Yes, even though Kasich went on to explain how "things were different" in 1978, and how this "army of women" was the driving force behind his successful campaign that year, the media grabbed the first comment they could throw a negative spin on and spewed it out to the public. Kasich responded apologetically, saying he is "not a scripted candidate" and explaining that he prefers to be real with people rather than using notes or a teleprompter, and sometimes his words come out wrong.
In Governor Kasich's defense
Those of us who were in existence in 1978 can attest to the fact that it was, indeed, a different time than today. More mothers were still staying home and raising families instead of choosing to work outside the home. This comment is not disrespectful to women, but merely a statement of who made up his first campaigning "army."
What is really behind the crazy backlash? Could it possibly be the fact that, just yesterday, he signed a bill to defund clinics, such as Planned Parenthood, that perform abortions outside of "therapeutic" abortions caused by rape or life threatening danger to the mother?
In his defense, the Ohio governor said, "We have robust women's health funding in Ohio. You don't have to be captive to delivering women's health through a women's health organization that has discredited itself."
What do you think about John Kasich's women in kitchens comment, and the fact that he does not support Planned Parenthood? Share your opinions in the comments. #Election 2016 #GOP #Democrats vs Republicans