John Kasich - Position Changes

[Editor's Note: On Wednesday, May 4, 2015 Governor John Kasich announced the suspension of his presidential campaign in a speech in Columbus, OH. He stated, "I have always said that the Lord has a purpose for me, as he has for everyone, and, as I suspend my campaign today, I have renewed faith, deeper faith, that the Lord will show me the way forward and fulfill the purpose of my life. Thank you and God bless."]

We are not suggesting that position changes are good or bad. We understand they are important to voters, which is why we have included them. We list the current position as Now X (Pro, Con, or Not Clearly Pro or Con) and the former position as Formerly Y (Pro, Con, or Not Clearly Pro or Con).
Now Not Clearly Pro or Con

"Now, when it comes to medical marijuana, if the experts come back and say we need this for people who have seizures, I'm for that."
Source: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, "Stephen Grills John Kasich on Pot Legalization,", Nov. 7, 2015

Formerly Con

"If somebody asks me, I'm not for it [medical marijuana]... Physicians tell me we don't need that. There's better ways to help people who are in pain."
Source: OhioCapitalBlog, "Kasich on Medical Marijuana.MP4,", Mar. 30, 2012

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Now Con

"There is no way that we can put any of our people at risk by bringing people in at this point. You asked a question, should anybody [Syrian refugees] come in here before the end of the year? The answer to that should be no. We cannot jeopardize our people. And so it's not just an issue of the heart. It's also an issue of the head. And, so I hope that the perhaps the Congress can get involved in this and say we're not going to do this…

This is not a matter of compassion. This is not a matter of the heart. This is a matter of judgment and concern about our people inside the United States of America. It's about our families. It's about our neighborhoods. It's about our communities. So, let me be clear, there should be nothing done on this. No more entry into this country at this point in time until a significant amount of time has been invested in who these people."
Source: FoxBusiness, "Kasich: We Cannot Jeopardize Our People,”, Nov. 16, 2015

Formerly Pro

"I support that [President Obama's plan to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees]. It's very important that we don't let anybody infiltrate who's part of a radical group. But America needs to be part of this solution."
Source: Ian Katz, "Kasich Says He Backs Obama on Bringing Syrian Refugees to U.S.,", Sep. 13, 2015

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