Kasich to Meghan McCain: Concern over abortion 'dwarfed' by need to beat Trump

Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) argued Friday that concerns among GOP voters about new abortion protections in a hypothetical Biden administration are "dwarfed" by the need for a president who can unite the country.

Kasich, a 2016 Republican presidential candidate who now serves as a CNN analyst, made the remarks during a conversation with co-host Meghan McCainMeghan Marguerite McCainKasich to Meghan McCain: Concern over abortion 'dwarfed' by need to beat Trump Meghan McCain says she believes report Trump called fallen soldiers 'losers' Meghan McCain hits Ivanka Trump's defense of president's Twitter: It's not a 'communication style,' it's 'cruelty' MORE on ABC's "The View," arguing that former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenJoe Biden looks to expand election battleground into Trump country Trump puts Supreme Court fight at center of Ohio rally Special counsel investigating DeVos for potential Hatch Act violation: report MORE "can pull us together" as a country.

"I was raised with a certain set of values and principles, and I was raised conservative," McCain told Kasich as they began to discuss abortion. "I’ve only gotten more conservative as I’ve gotten older, and I’m almost nine months pregnant.”


“I hate President TrumpDonald John TrumpBubba Wallace to be driver of Michael Jordan, Denny Hamlin NASCAR team Graham: GOP will confirm Trump's Supreme Court nominee before the election Southwest Airlines, unions call for six-month extension of government aid MORE, and I think everybody else knows that," McCain continued. "But there are some policies on the left, specifically with Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisJoe Biden looks to expand election battleground into Trump country Fox's Napolitano: Supreme Court confirmation hearings will be 'World War III of political battles' Rush Limbaugh encourages Senate to skip hearings for Trump's SCOTUS nominee MORE right now, having to do with abortion. She co-sponsored a bill doing away with any limits at all, also running on taxpayer funding for abortions. I was surprised at this."

"You’re pro-life, and I know that. You were pro-life in politics, as am I," she told Kasich. "It’s a big part of who I am and my platform, and I don’t think taxpayers should be funding abortions for women who are as pregnant as I am right now. How would you push back against a voter like me who’s concerned about things like this in a possible Biden-Kamala administration?”


Kasich responded by telling McCain "I agree with you on your position" while making the case Biden was still worth supporting over President Trump.

"I disagree with Joe Biden in a number of areas. I don’t agree with him in capital gains taxes. But the issues here are dwarfed, in my opinion, by the fact that he’s a person that can pull us together," he said.

"So do I think that if he wins, that all of a sudden, all these things are going to happen that are negative? No, I don’t believe that at all because that’s not his character. That is not who he is," he added.

Kasich invoked Biden's relationship with McCain's father, the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainBiden's six best bets in 2016 Trump states Replacing Justice Ginsburg could depend on Arizona's next senator The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Washington on edge amid SCOTUS vacancy MORE (R-Ariz.), with whom Biden served for many years in the Senate.

"Your father and Joe were great friends," Kasich said. "Why? Not because they agreed on everything, but they could find common ground. So do I think we’re going to end up in some cataclysmic place if [Biden] wins? I don’t, but I do believe four more years of this division is wrecking the very soul of our country, and we continue down this path, I don’t know how we come back.”

Kasich spoke at the Democratic National Convention last month to endorse Biden while slamming Trump.

“Joe Biden is a man for our times," Kasich said while standing in front of crossroads not far from his Ohio home. "Times that call for all of us to take off partisan hats and put the nation first for ourselves and of course for our children."