Ohio Gov. John Kasich thinks Alabama Republicans need to do some self-examination and decide if they want Roy Moore to be the face of the Republican Party in the wake of sexual assault allegations.
Moore was accused last week of groping a 14-year-old girl when he was 32. It’s too late for Moore to be taken off the ballot and he’s refused to step aside from the race, despite Republican leadership fleeing from his side.
Kasich told ABC’s “This Week” the election is not just about a Senate seat but about the future of the Republican Party.
“It’s a matter of whether he ought to be … the standard bearer for the Republican party. I think he should not,” Kasich said. “I hope that the people of Alabama, the party officials will look at it again and — and — but this is not about Obama or left wing. I just don't believe that it is and I'm saddened by it. I mean, I'm the father of two twin daughters and I just think it's inappropriate. I would like it if he stepped aside.”
Four women accused Moore of making inappropriate advances while he was in his 30s. The now 70-year-old candidate was accused of groping a 14-year-old when he was 32 and also accused of dating, or attempting to date, multiple girls who were under the age of 18 at the time.
Kasich said a person like that should not be a senator from the GOP.
“We're not talking about a criminal conviction. We're talking about whether somebody should carry the banner of the Republican Party,” he said.