Republican presidential candidate John Kasich warned voters during the recent presidential debate, hosted by CNBC, that experience does matter.
It seems it’s such an important message for Kasich that he largely ignored his first question of the night at the Oct. 28 debate in Boulder, Colorado, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer.
“Great question,” Kasich said in response to being asked about his greatest weakness. “But I want to tell you, my great concern is that we are on the verge, perhaps, of picking someone who cannot do this job.”
Kasich, who is currently governor of Ohio and was once a member of Congress, suggested that the recent emphasis on electing a so-called political outsider could be detrimental.
"We need someone who can lead, balance budgets, cut taxes," he said, according to CBS News. "I did it in Washington, I did it in Ohio.”
“Folks, we gotta wake up," he said at another point, according to The Enquirer. "You gotta pick somebody who has experience, somebody who has the know-how and the discipline.”
Kasich also denounced economic proposals from the party’s current front-runners, Donald Trump and Ben Carson, CBS News reports.
“You know these [tax] plans would put us trillions and trillions in debt,” he said. “Why don't we just put a chicken in every pot while we're coming up with these fantasy tax games?”
Trump fired back, saying voters should scrutinize other parts of Kasich’s resume, including his time working at failed financial firm Lehman Bothers.
“This was the man that was a managing general partner at Lehman Brothers when it went down the tubes and almost took every one of us with them, including Ben and myself,” Trump said.
Kasich disputed Trump's claims, noting that he was never on the firm's board but was rather working out of a small Ohio office for the firm prior to the recession, the Enquirer reports.
Trump suggested Kasich’s confrontational stance had to do with poor poll numbers.
“He was such a nice guy. And he said, 'Oh, I'm never going to attack,’” Trump said of his Ohio opponent. “But then his poll numbers tanked. That’s why he’s on the end.”