Kasich on Defunding Planned Parenthood: ‘I Would Not Be For Shutting the Government Down’

By Eric Scheiner | September 17, 2015 | 10:27am EDT
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) looks on as Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) discusses the tactics of defunding Planned Parenthood during the CNN debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum on Wednesday.

(CNSNews.com) - Wednesday night Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) argued against the tactic of shutting the government down in order to prevent federal funding for abortion provider Planned Parenthood.

During the CNN GOP presidential debate Kasich was asked about Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) commitment to stripping federal funds from Planned Parenthood and that it could result in shutting down the federal government in nearly two weeks.

“There are ways to do it without having to shut the government down, but I’m sympathetic to the fact that we don’t want this organization to get funding, and the money ought to be reprogrammed for family planning in other organizations that don’t support this tactic,” Kasich said.

“But I would not be for shutting the government down because I don’t think it’s going to work out.”

Kasich told the audience at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum that he believes that governors of states should be given the ability to defund Planned Parenthood.

“When we shut the government down — if we have a chance at success and it’s a great principle, yes,” Kasich said.

“The president of the United States is not going to sign this, and all we’re going to do is shut the government down, and then we’re going to open up — open it up, and the American people are going to shake their heads and say, “what’s the story with these Republicans?”

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