Presidential candidate John Kasich is against shutting down the government over the issue of defunding Planned Parenthood.
Kasich calls the idea “pointless,” explaining:
“The president’s made it clear he is not going to sign it. I’m willing to fight all day long, but you’ve got to have a good prospect of being able to be successful. Because if you’re not successful, you shut the government down, you open it up and you haven’t achieved anything. You’re just going to have people shake their head and wonder what your thinking was.”
This position is in direct contrast with the more conservative Ted Cruz. Cruz wants to implement a plan in all 50 states that will defund Planned Parenthood and will prosecute based on all criminal violations in hopes to bring down the abortion provider. Cruz co-sponsored a Senate bill which fell short (53-46) of the 60 votes needed to proceed.
Conservatives are ready to move forward, planning to block legislation that funds the government if it includes Planned Parenthood. Kasich is on board with defunding the abortion giant, but says Congress must be “more creative” about the means in which they do it.
Kasich claims,”When you shut the government down, people don’t like it and you shouldn’t shut it down unless you have a great chance of success.”