John Kasich, Who Says He Won’t ‘Win a Vote’ With God, Brings Religion to Forefront
Republican presidential candidate Gov. John Kasich has said he does not wear his faith on his sleeve, but as his campaign shifted to South Carolina this week, he has incorporated religion into his pitch in a deeply personal way that was absent in less-religious New Hampshire.
Kasich has honed his message in a state where about two-thirds of Republican voters are evangelicals, bringing the deeply personal story about how he found his faith to the forefront.
"I don’t go out and try to win a vote by using God,” Kasich told reporters in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Feb. 3. “I think that cheapens God. But people know I’m sort of faith—I mean, I don’t think they know that or not. But I think they pick it up.”
Okay, now, this next part is absolutely stunning, the things we find out!
But in recent days, he has made his faith a central part of his message in South Carolina, which holds its GOP primary on Feb. 20, including taping a television advertisement in which he tells viewers about the deeply personal story of his parents’ death at the hands of a drunken driver in 1987. The tragedy, according to Kasich, reinvigorated his faith.
“My parents were killed by a drunk driver, but my parents did not die in vain,” he says in the advertisement, which was slated to start airing Friday in South Carolina. “I was transformed. I discovered my purpose by discovering the Lord. I believe the Lord put us on this earth to use the gifts that we’ve been given to bring about a healing. And that’s the motivation for me.”
Kasich, who worships at an Anglican church and regularly attends a Bible study group, has always made his spirituality central to his pitch to voters, telling attendees of his over-100 town hall-style meetings in New Hampshire that it is important for communities to grow stronger and speaking of his faith in a more general sense. He often lauded the United States’ Judeo-Christian background.
“I went through it,” he said of his past tragedy. “The Lord gave me the grace to fully recover and put me in a position to be aware of other people’s problems.”
Kasich (Kay-Sick) is a Croatian name, his father was a mail man. There are so many things we may not know about a candidate. This is extremely moving.
We may hear that he left Catholicism, if this is accurate to say but obviously, these events in life may have had a great affect on all of this. It must have been very difficult to go through this. That would be a real cross to bear.