Republican presidential candidate John Kasich said in an interview this week that he doesn’t read the Bible to “figure out what (he) thinks.”
According to the Christian News Network, in an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash for Sunday’s “State of the Nation” show, Kasich was talking about his decision to accept a Medicaid expansion in Obamacare.
“I didn’t read a Bible to decide that,” Kasich said. “I knew that number one, we would save money by taking people out of prison and letting them get a job where they could become a taxpayer. … But secondly, there’s a morality of, why would we want to lock a schizophrenic or a bi-polar person in a prison cell? That’s not what America is.”
He added: “I don’t read a Bible to figure out what I think … and I don’t question anybody else’s [motives],” he said. “I just have a heart for people who have been disabled or disadvantaged and I care about them.”
Also during the interview, Kasich said Americans should focus on many issues and not just zero in on a single one.
“I think [abortion] is an important issue, but I think there’s many other issues that are really critical: early childhood, infant mortality, the environment, education,” he said. “I think we focus too much on just one issue, and now that the issue of gay marriage is kind of off the table, we’re kind of down to one social issue.”
Kasich is an Anglican and personally opposes same-sex marriage, but he drew criticism earlier this month when he said he had attended the “gay wedding” of a friend.
“[G]uess what? I just went to a wedding of a friend of mine who happens to be gay,” Kasich said during the first Republican presidential debate. “Because somebody doesn’t think the way I do doesn’t mean that I can’t care about them or I can’t love them.”
Publication date: August 18, 2015