JOHN KASICH is trying his very best not to alienate any potential backers of a moderate Republican candidate for the presidency. So far the governor of Ohio has done well: he was the most centrist debater in the first televised debate of ten GOP presidential hopefuls. He is currently polling well in New Hampshire, for what that's worth at this early stage in the contest. On August 25th Trent Lott, the still influential former senator from Mississippi, joined Robert Bentley, the governor of Alabama, John Sununu, another well-known former senator, and a basketball legend, Charles Barkley, in endorsing Mr Kasich for the Republican Party’s nomination.
Yet even though many of Mr Kasich’s policies go down well with moderate Republicans—from the expansion of Medicaid in Ohio to his openness to immigration reform and his backing of Common Core, a set of educational standards—his hard line on abortion is likely to upset some of them. That’s why the usually blunt-spoken governor has not said a word so far on a proposed bill in Ohio that would ban abortions based on a foetal diagnosis of Down syndrome, a genetic disorder causing intellectual...Continue reading