A non-winning strategy: liberal ideas in a GOP primary

Friday, January 22, 2016
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

John KasichAn Ohio-based tea party activist predicts that Gov. John Kasich's left-leaning strategy won't work in New Hampshire. 

The Ohio governor continues to poll weakly in national polls but in New Hampshire, site of the Feb. 9 primary, he’s running second behind Donald Trump.

The reason Kasich is doing well there is his liberal campaign, says Tom Zawistowski of the Portage County Tea Party.

“New Hampshire is very liberal,” Zawistowski says of the Granite State. “The Republicans there would be considered Democrats in most other states. So John Kasich fits their M.O. very well.”

The Wall Street Journal reports that Kasich is running an “unorthodox campaign” that is backing liberal positions, such as supporting the controversial nuclear deal with Iran. The strategy is to woo independent voters and Democrats, and a Kasich campaign strategist told the Journal they predict one-third of Kasich’s primary votes could come from independents.

Zawistowski says Kasich has spent “every dollar he’s had” in New Hampshire, because he knows it’s a state he can compete in. But that strategy is an illusion, the tea party leader claims.

"John Kasich is only where he is because the other candidates haven't spent anywhere near as much time or money there,” he tells OneNewsNow. “And he will not win New Hampshire, and he will probably drop before the voting starts or other candidates really start to go after his record, which is abysmal." 

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