In an interview on Fox News, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) slammed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s proposal to expand early voting to 20 days in every state as “demagoguery.”
The former secretary of state’s campaign lawyer, Marc Elias, has begun suing states — including Ohio — over the state’s recent push to restrict early voting and voter registration efforts, particularly for the state’s students and African Americans, saying that such moves amount to voter suppression.
Kasich, who has been contemplating jumping into the presidential race himself, did not take kindly to Clinton’s speech or the news her campaign was going after his state on voting rights.
“If she wants to sue somebody, let them sue New York. We have 27 days of voting. In New York the only voting that occurs is on Election Day. What is she talking about? I like Hillary, but the idea that we are going to divide Americans and use demagoguery, I don’t like it,” he told Fox News’ Bill Hemmer. “Come on, that’s silliness.”
It is true that New York state has one of most restrictive voting policies in the country, but Clinton’s speech called on every state to expand its early voting, including New York state. In her speech in Texas, she outlined a comprehensive plan that called for updating the Voting Rights Act, implementing the recommendations of President Barack Obama’s bipartisan commission on voting, 20 days of early voting across the nation, and universal, automatic voter registration. She also praised efforts to expand same-day registration, emphasizing it’s important to getting young people to vote.
“We should be doing everything we can to get our young people more engaged in democracy, not less,” she said.
“I believe every citizen has the right to vote. And I believe we should do everything we can to make it easier for every citizen to vote,” Clinton said. She also cited several efforts of Republicans around the country, including former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, to restrict voting in their states in various ways. “Republicans are systematically and deliberately trying to stop millions of American citizens from voting. What part of democracy are they afraid of?”
But Kasich didn’t find her words convincing. “Don’t be running around the country dividing Americans. Don’t come in and say we are trying to keep people from voting when her own state has less opportunity for voting and she is going to sue my state? That’s just silly.”
“Why don’t you take care of business at home before you run around the country using these demagogic statements that we don’t want people to vote?” He concluded.
Watch voting hours in Ohio disappear right before your eyes: