Washington, D.C. is one of the most liberal cities in America, so it’s safe to assume that, if residents were permitted to vote, they would vote Democratic. Which is apparently exactly why Republican presidential candidate John Kasich opposes D.C. statehood:
During a meeting with the Washington Post editorial board, Kasich was asked about his vote against statehood for the District while he was in Congress and whether that was still his position.
“Yes, I would say it probably is,” he said, according to a transcript of the meeting.
Pressed further, Kasich said, “I just don’t see that we really need that, OK? I don’t know. I don’t think so.”
Post editor Jo-Ann Armao followed up by asking why D.C. residents shouldn’t have a vote in Congress if they pay taxes and serve in the military.
“What it really gets down to, if you want to be honest, is because they know that’s just more votes in the Democratic Party,” Kasich said.
Later in the interview, Kasich said he was unsure about his stance on the issue, telling columnist Ruth Marcus, “Maybe I’ll have to flip-flop my position, OK? I don’t know. Let me look at it. Let me think about it.”
Admitting that you want to deny the votes of people with different views than you is hardly recommended. Kasich definitely could have approached this issue with a bit more finesse.