John Kasich: Women 'Left Their Kitchens' to Support Me

He told Va. rally crowd how he won election decades ago
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2016 1:26 PM CST

Fresh off of defunding Planned Parenthood in Ohio, Gov. John Kasich raised eyebrows again Monday in Fairfax, Va., Mediaite reports. Speaking at a campaign rally at George Mason University, the presidential candidate took on the subject of how he first got elected during his early days in politics, cluing the crowd in to the secret behind his success. "How did I get elected? I didn't have anybody for me," he said. "We just got an army of people … and many women who left their kitchens to go out and go door to door and to put yard signs up for me." That "kitchens" comment caught the attention of at least one audience member, who later during the rally stood up and said to Kasich, "Your comment earlier about the women who came out of the kitchen to support you: I'll come to support you, but I won't be coming out of the kitchen," to which Kasich replied, "I got you."

Anna Merlan at Jezebel isn't so sure he actually did get it, recalling how he seemingly dismissed a female student at an October town hall by telling her he didn't have any Taylor Swift tickets. But Mediaite and Mother Jones say the video circulating of Monday's supposed misstep doesn't tell the whole story; Kasich's full quote, which appears here, mentioned that campaign happened "all the way back, when—you know, things were different. Now you call homes and everybody's out working." (Merlan pinpoints that election race as either taking place in 1978 or 1982, during which time "we assure you women were working outside of the kitchen.") Per NBC News, Kasich's spokesman responded Monday, "John Kasich's campaigns have always been homegrown affairs. They've literally been run out of his friends' kitchens, and many of his early campaign teams were made up of stay-at-home moms. ... That's real grassroots campaigning ... . To try and twist his comments into anything else is just desperate politics." (Read more John Kasich stories.)

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