Ohio Gov. Kasich Punts On Auto Bailout Question

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) evening was asked by MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on Wednesday if he would have rather seen the U.S. automotive industry enter bankruptcy, as Mitt Romney advocated in 2009, or if he was pleased with the restructuring plan put forth by the Obama administration.

Automakers figure prominently in the Buckeye State’s economy, and the approach executed by the current administration has been widely credited with salvaging what was a depleted industry at the time.  But Kasich largely took a pass on the question.

“Well, my view on that, Chris, is I’m glad it survived,” Kasich told Matthews.  “The auto industry survived and I’m thrilled we have a more solid base in auto and, you know, I’m going to have to leave it right there.”