Democratic National Convention 2020, Day 1: Live Updates
John Kasich, the former governor of Ohio and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, is the highest-profile Republican speaking at the Democratic convention. Giving him a speaking slot has caused some controversy, but his speech sends a message of unity between liberal and moderate voters.
“I’m a lifelong Republican, but that attachment holds second place to my responsibility to my country. That’s why I’ve chosen to appear at this convention. In normal times, something like this would probably never happen, but these are not normal times,” Kasich will say in his speech, according to excerpts provided by the Democratic National Convention Committee.
“Yes, there are areas where Joe and I absolutely disagree. But that’s OK because that’s America. Because whatever our differences, we respect one another as human beings, each of us searching for justice and for purpose,” Kasich will say. “Joe Biden, with his experience and his wisdom and his decency, can bring us together to help us find that better way.”
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a progressive rising star in the party who is speaking on Tuesday, expressed her reservations about Kasich’s appearance on Twitter.
“It’s great that Kasich has woken up & realized the importance of supporting a Biden-Harris ticket. I hope he gets through to GOP voters,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “Yet also, something tells me a Republican who fights against women’s rights doesn’t get to say who is or isn’t representative of the Dem party.”
In another tweet, she called Kasich an “anti-choice extremist.”