Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich nixed his idea Wednesday to form a new agency to spread Judeo-Christian values across the globe, according to The Columbus Dispatch, instead saying that he would expand the existing government broadcast agency, Voice of America to serve the purpose.
Kasich told NBC Tuesday (during a larger discussion on his plan to combat the Islamic State) that he wanted to create a new government agency intended to spread Western values and teach what it means “to be a part of a Christian-Judeo society.”
The agency would take its teachings to places such as China, Russia, and the Middle East, Kasich told NBC Tuesday, after first suggesting the agency during an event at the National Press Club.
But, a day after he pitched it, the GOP hopeful changed his mind at a campaign event at a Christian university in Virginia Beach, the Dispatch reported.
Kasich reportedly said at the university that he doesn’t think “you need a new agency. It’s really breathing life into something that’s kind of become dormant.”
Kasich later added that, “You don’t hear much about the Voice of America anymore.”
“I think it’s entirely reasonable for us to begin to tell the world who we are, what we believe, because it’s really all about hope, science, education, progress and the future,” he said at the university, according to the Dispatch.