On Monday’s edition of CNN’s “OutFront,” former Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) explained why he is bucking his party to speak in support of Joe Biden for president at the Democratic convention.
“The reason I didn’t support Trump the last time is, I was afraid that he would be a divider and not a unifier,” said Kasich. “Unfortunately, as I’ve watched him over the last three and a half years now, he’s continued to do that. I don’t think the country does well when we’re divided. And so I had to search my conscience … I believe we need a new direction. We just can’t keep going the way that we’re going.”
“I am a conservative,” Kasich added. “I believe Biden can bring us together … I think he can restore civility and I don’t think he’ll go hard left. I think he is a pretty tough guy. So I’m comfortable with the fact that he would be our leader. And I expect he’ll have Republicans that will be part of anything he does going forward. That’s the way — that is his nature and has been history. And he is a man of deep faith, and a man that has suffered some tremendous grief that has shaped his character. All some of the things I will talk about in my speech.”
“I’m clued into a lot of people of faith. A number of them … are very happy that I’m making this decision,” he added. “I consider myself to be a man of faith. A flawed man of faith, for sure, but aren’t we all? … A lot of people scratch their heads about why some of these very conservative evangelicals support Trump. It seems not to be consistent with the things that they believe in as promoted in the Old and New Testament.”
‘No we don’t’ want Trump holding a rally in our city right now: Wisconsin mayor
La Crosse, Wisconsin Mayor Tim Kabat told CNN's Alisyn Camerota on Thursday that he does not want President Donald Trump to hold a rally that's planned to take place in his city on Saturday.
At the start of the interview, Camerota asked Kabat point blank whether he wanted the president in his city over the weekend.
"No we don't," he replied. "We're hoping to get this event either canceled or postponed to another time, based on what we're experiencing right now."
Trump will ‘put a bullet into the country’ before he lets a court say he lost the election: NYT columnist
On CNN Wednesday, New York Times columnist Tom Friedman tore into President Donald Trump's efforts to destabilize and devalue the presidential election in the case of his defeat.
"We're seeing the greatest voter suppression enterprise ever mounted in this country, led by the president of the United States," said Friedman. "He's basically telling us, every day now in every way, and in that debate that 73 million Americans watched, that one of two things are going to happen on November 3rd ... either I am going to be elected by a majority of votes cast that day, or I'm going to delegitimize this election. He's laying the basis for the delegitimization of any election that does not return him to the office. We have never seen this before out of any president. It is the greatest voter suppression effort every mounted in this country. And it's going to have huge — it's already having huge ramifications."
Susan Rice: Vladimir Putin is doing a ‘happy dance’ over Trump’s ‘unhinged raving and ranting’
On CNN Wednesday, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice tore into President Donald Trump for his implosion on the debate stage — and warned that it will further erode U.S. leadership around the world.
"Let's be clear how the rest of the world reacted," said Rice. "Our friends and allies, I believe, did a collective faceplant of just shame and embarrassment and despair. Vladimir Putin is doing the happy dance in the Kremlin tonight because, leaving aside the white supremacy comments or lack of comments about white supremacy, what Donald Trump did in his unhinged ranting and raving was to discredit civil discourse, disparage the American people, to whom he didn't even give the dignity of serious responses, and to get up and say before the American people yet again that he will not respect the results of this election unless he himself is the winner, which is the idea of democracy. Vladimir Putin is doing the happy dance and, in Beijing, state media is crowing that the debate was chaotic, disorderly and shows democracy is a form of government that should be discredited and discarded and their form is in fact correct."