Kasich: Politicians Should Be Held ‘Absolutely Accountable’ Over Gun Control

Christian Datoc Senior White House Correspondent
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2020 presidential hopeful John Kasich opened his Sunday appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” with a full-throated call for gun control.

The segment began with Brianna Keilar calling the Ohio governor, “Senator,” which he didn’t take kindly to.


“What are you criticizing me right off the bat? I’m not a senator,” he awkwardly joked before launching into his 2020 stump.

“We’ve already seen what the public thinks,” he stated. “We saw an election in Pennsylvania where the people are basically saying they can’t stand what’s happening in Washington, and, yeah, I really do believe that.”

“I think there’s three kinds of people who are involved in this gun debate. Those that want no changes on guns, and believe me they’re there and they’re strong, and those people that think there should be significant changes even while we protect the Second Amendment, and the third group is a bunch of politicians who are afraid of their own shadows.”

Kasich called Saturday’s March for Our Lives a “massive effort here and it reminds me of some of the protests that have changed the people in office.”

“If they don’t keep it up, those that don’t want change will just sit on their hands. They will never come out and say anything,” he continued. “They will just try to stall, stall, stall until the steam comes out of the kettle, and the fact is if we can keep the pressure on – we’re not going to change everything overnight – but you can get significant changes, and I hope so.

“If they do not, if they do not bring about change,” Kasich closed, “I think people should be held absolutely accountable at the ballot box and no question about it.”

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