Kasich draws crowd at GVSU campaign stop
Republican Presidential candidate John Kasich sought the student vote at a west Michigan campaign stop that drew estimates of more than 500 attendees.
Education, student debt and drug use were among most-mentioned topics of the Ohio Governor's Monday speech and town hall at Grand Valley State University.
During audience Q&A, Kasich gave a strong condemnation of partisan politicking – while calling President Obama’s use of executive orders an overreach.
"Look – Scalia dies, and in one second after he’s dead they’re [Washington is] already started fighting about politics. Folks, this is not helping our country," Kasich says.
"You want to know a national security issue? I’ll tell you what it is. Sitting over in the café in France, they look at us and say, ‘America, they can’t fix anything.’ That’s a national security issue."
Kasich also answered questions on marijuana, after noting a difference between medical and recreational use -
"I don’t want to ruin somebody’s life because they smoked dope. But I’m not for legalizing it."
"Let me stop you on vaccinations - You going to need a vaccination, go get it. Period. I mean, that’s what I think."
And climate change.
"Clearly, we’re having an impact, an effect on it. You know, our emissions do affect the temperature. How much, I don't know, but we should be for renewables - aggressive development of renewable energy, which is what we're doing."
Kasich additionally called for "significant" funding for disease research at the National Institutes of Health and a desire for educational decision-making to be made locally.
Kasich's event was coordinated by the GVSU College Republicans student organization.