Opinion: Ohio Republican candidate John Kasich caught telling a true story in governor’s debate

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You know how politicians often tell stories about the precocious thing their young daughter said about the economy when no other witnesses were around? Or the unfortunate woman they happened to meet who needs precisely the kind of program the pol is selling to his audience that very night?

And if you’re like most Americans, you take that convenient yarn with maybe three ounces of salt, despite Michelle Obama’s healthy food warnings about too much of that substance.


Well, here’s a delightful news gem called to our attention by a loyal Ticket reader, Ohio’s Jon Keeling, one of the nation’s top local politics bloggers over at Third Base Politics.

It concerns this week’s Ohio gubernatorial debate between former Republican Rep. John Kasich and the Democrat incumbent, Ted Strickland. As is the case in many races all across the country for the Nov. 2 elections, polls show the Democrat is currently trailing the Republican.

But that’s not the fun story. The fun story is that during the Tuesday debate Kasich began to wax on about, you know, an older couple he’d recently talked with in a Bob Evans restaurant and how they had a pad out and were going over their challenged budget because of the bad economy that hasn’t been stimulated by you-know-whose hundreds of billions of you-know-what.

Now, that story is obviously as phony as an assertion that some healthcare legislation will cover more people for less money. So a Democratic blogger in Ohio called Kasich on it. He wrote: ‘Someone please send me a photo of the Ohio couple in the Bob Evans with the napkin and I’ll personally apologize to Congressman Kasich the next time I’m at his country club.’

Well, order up some humble pie while you’re there, Anthony, because CNN’s John King did better than that. He produced a film clip of Honest John Kasich talking to that very couple. (See video below.) And, look! There’s the pad on the table.

Would you like ice cream on that piece of pie?

And thanks again, Jon!

--Andrew Malcolm

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