What John Kasich Really Said About Women Coming ‘Out Of Their Kitchens’

Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks during a town hall campaign stop before next weeks earliest in the nation presidential primary, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in Rochester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
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During a rally in Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. on Monday, Ohio Gov. John Kasich recalled how there was a time when women “came out of their kitchens” to campaign for him.

Quickly, a highly misleading, a 22-second edited version of Kasich’s remarks began circulating, with the implication being that Kasich was an out-of-touch throwback who in his mind at least still consigned women to the kitchen. The edited clip included a woman in the audience later in the rally telling Kasich she would be supporting him but she wouldn’t be coming out of her kitchen to do it.

Soon, there was an onslaught of media reports noting Kasich had flubbed. MSNBC ran a slighting longer clip than the original and asked guests about how it might hurt Kasich in the race for the Republican nomination. Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton tweeted that in 2016, “a woman’s place is wherever she wants it to be.”

But here is what Kasich really said. The bolded section was left out of the edited clip:

“How did I get elected? ” Kasich says, referring to one his early campaigns. “Nobody was — I didn’t have anyone for me. We just got an army of people — and many women who left their kitchens to go out and go door to door and to put yard signs up for me all the way back when you know when things were different. Now you call homes and everybody is out working, but at that time, early days it was really an army of the women that really helped me to get elected.”

Kasich was first elected to the Ohio state Senate in 1978 and to Congress in 1982.

See the full video here:

Kasich’s campaign spokesperson issued a statement calling the kerfuffle over the edited clip “just desperate politics”:

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  1. There’s not much that you can say that can’t be edited into something that will hurt you. In Kasich’s case, someone has done us all a favor.

    As someone who just signed a bill that hurts women, he really shouldn’t be talking about them at all.

  2. It is true his district at that time had a lot of stay at home moms. My mother was one of the few that worked outside the home.

    But don’t vote for the SOB

  3. Shorter Kasich - When I got into politics, middle class families could get by on one income. After a career going after wasteful spending and writing budgets, now everyone is working two jobs. You’re welcome.

  4. Avatar for haggie haggie says:

    They can come out of their kitchens to vote for him as long as they don’t come out of their kitchens for birth control, reproductive healthcare, or an abortion.

  5. The middle class and upper middle class suburban women who ‘hit the streets’ for him go to the doctor, not PP for their healthcare.

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