Kasich Tries to Dodge His Common Core Support in N.H.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (photo credit: Michael Vadon via Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0)
Ohio Gov. John Kasich (photo credit: Michael Vadon via Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0)

CNN reports Kasich was asked about Common Core by a voter:

In Amherst, Kasich fielded one question on his support for Common Core standards by saying, “I don’t know what that really means, let me tell you what I’m for, in my state I’m for high standards and a curriculum set by local school boards.”

Just last February, before he announced his candidacy, Kasich reiterated his support for Common Core, as Breitbart reported:

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) is, again, insulting citizens of his state who oppose the Common Core standards. In January, Kasich referred to resistance to the controversial education initiative as “hysteria,” and on Thursday the governor said Common Core opposition is “a runaway internet campaign, as far as I’m concerned in Ohio.”

Telegraph-Forum of Bucyrus, Ohio reports that, on a trip to South Carolina, the potential 2016 presidential contender reaffirmed his support for the nationalized standards.

When asked about the Common Core, Kasich responded, “That is not something that Barack Obama is putting together…it’s local school boards developing local curriculum to meet higher standards. I cannot figure out what’s wrong with that.”

His Common Core support is going to be a continuing issue. The only thing worse than supporting it is misleading voters about your position, Gov. Kasich. Voters hate that.

Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at the American Principles Project.