- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Republican presidential candidate John Kasich said Wednesday that Donald Trump’s call to ban most Muslims from the United States would weaken the nation and “doesn’t represent what we are.”

“This is not what leads to a strong America,” Mr. Kasich said during an appearance at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. “We have never been strong by focusing on things designed to divided us.”

The Ohio governor cast himself as the most anti-Trump voice in the GOP presidential field, saying he also has opposed the billionaire’s approach to immigration and willingness to consider a data for all Muslims living in the country.

“I have been attacking, not Donald Trump, but Donald Trump’s ideas that divide this country, for a very long time, and I am glad to provide a little cover to those who are beginning to wake up, who are running for president,” Mr. Kasich said.

Mr. Kasich also said that he is encouraged by how moderate Muslims have come out against the Islamic State terror group, or ISIS.

“They have condemned aggressively the attacks all over the word,” he said.

• Seth McLaughlin can be reached at smclaughlin@washingtontimes.com.

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