- The Washington Times - Friday, May 1, 2015

Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Friday defended his decision to expand Medicaid under Obamacare and pushed back against the idea that Common Core education standards have allowed the federal government to have more control over the education system.

Conservatives have criticized the Republican governors that have accepted the Medicaid money and for supporting Common Core.

But Mr. Kasich, speaking at the National Review’s Ideas Summit in Washington, dismissed the criticism, saying that the mentally ill, drug addicted and working poor have benefits from the additional Medicaid funds.

He also said that Common Core ensures high standards and that localities have control over school curriculum.

“If I felt that this whole business was somehow connected to this town, I wouldn’t be for it,” Mr. Kasich said, alluding to Washington. “Because I favor local control.”

“The governors, themselves, wrote the standards,” he said. “We’ve implemented the standards. I didn’t implement them. Obama didn’t implement them … The local school boards have adopted the standards and now the curriculum is being written by local school boards.”

“I don’t know what is wrong with that,” he said.

Mr. Kasich is considering entering the GOP nomination, where the K-12 education standards are sure to become a favorite target for some of the potential contenders.

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