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John Kasich Blasts Paul Ryan and Republican Leadership

“These leaders, they just can’t just go and force somebody to cast a vote a certain way,” Kasich told Chuck Todd on Sunday.

Governor John Kasich (R-OH) blasted the Republican leadership in Congress, specifically Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), for failing to pass any legislation during an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

NBC’s Chuck Todd was applauding comments Kasich made regarding Hurricane Harvey hitting Texas over the weekend when Kasich went off on his tangent.

“Congress should assert itself, Chuck,” Kasich interjected. “Congress should assert itself, let them get their act together and pass the agenda they want.”

Kasich continued, “their problem is they’re fighting. Not only are we fighting across the aisle, but they’re fighting internally. And these leaders, just they can’t just go and force somebody to cast a vote a certain way.”

Kasich then expressed his belief that there is a way to fix the Obamacare exchanges and fix America’s financial issues, but only after Republicans get their act together internally.

Todd followed up by asking Kasich if Speaker Ryan should instruct Congress to examine President Trump’s pardon of controversial former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Kasich dodged the question, instead electing to attack Ryan.

“To me, what Paul Ryan ought to figure out is how he can get his people together to pass a health care law that isn’t going to cut 20 million people off the roles,” Kasich told Todd. “He ought to figure out how we can begin to deal with entitlement reform, at the same time we pass the debt limit.”

Kasich concluded by saying that Ryan can’t expect to get tax reform done without the support of both parties.