Republican presidential candidate John Kasich brushed off criticism on Friday following his remark during an event promoting cuts to Social Security and other service programs, CNN reported.
“I’d rather have people be in a position where they’re aggravated with me so I can accomplish something, than have them love me and accomplish nothing,” Kasich told the audience during an event in Concord, New Hampshire. “I’m not there to run a popularity contest.”
The current governor of Ohio preceded the remarks by asking the crowd how many of them knew how much their initial Social Security payments would be. Two people raised their hands to indicate that they did know.
“What if I told you that your initial benefit was gonna be somewhat lower in order to save the program?” he asked. “Would that drive you crazy?”
When one audience member responded that it would “upset” them, Kasich told them, “Well, you’d get over it, and you’re going to have to get over it.”
Though the remark drew laughter from both the audience and the moderator, the state Democratic Party circulated the video online, accusing Kasich of “[threatening] our Granite State seniors.”
Kasich later made a similar statement about Medicare, saying that any voter wanting him to “ignore the fact that it’s going broke” would not like him.
In a brief interview later, he accused Democrats in turn of allowing Social Security to “get to a point where it could go bankrupt.”
“We’re getting close to Halloween, and they just want to scare people,” Kasich added.
Watch Kasich’s comments, as posted online, below.
[h/t Daily Kos]
WATCH: ‘Incredible tornado’ caught on tape by storm chaser
Shocking video was posted to Twitter on Friday by a storm chaser in Canada.
"A tornado has touched down in southwestern Manitoba near Virden," the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reports. "The funnel cloud was documented and posted to social media by several people in the area, including storm chaser Aaron Jayjack, who shot video of himself standing in front of the twister as it touched down."
Authorities warned golf ball-sized hail was likely.
"This is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation," the government warned. "Take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches. If you hear a roaring sound or see a funnel cloud, swirling debris near the ground, flying debris, or any threatening weather approaching, take shelter immediately."
‘Honestly, I think Trump wants to lose’: Bedminster press conference panned as campaign ‘self-sabotage’
President Donald Trump made lots of promises at a Friday evening press conference, but did not take any action.
The president made the comments from Trump National Golf Club Bedminster, where he arrived on Thursday for an extended weekend.
He held the press conference while allowing members of his private club to serve as an audience for his speech, which was announced by the White House but frequently veered into partisan electoral politics. Members were seen without masks and not social distancing, potentially in violation of New Jersey regulations.
Trump's comments came after White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin "did not make any progress" in negotiations with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
WATCH: Bedminster members cheer when Trump praises them for refusing to social distance
Donald Trump received loud applause from the members at his private club who had gathered as an audience for his presidential address.
Trump was asked why the audience at Bedminster Golf Club was not social distancing, with many seen without maks.
The leader of the free world replied that the event -- officially announced by the White House -- was a political rally and a peaceful protest.
The audience cheered his comments, as he complained about fake news.