Jeb Bush and John Kasich refused to be drawn into the war of words between Donald Trump and Pope Francis on Thursday.
At CNN’s South Carolina Republican town hall, Kasich simply said he was “pro-Pope.”
The Ohio governor was responding to a question about comments in which Francis said Trump is “not Christian” if he wants to deport undocumented immigrants and build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
“This man has brought more sense of hope and more about the do’s in life than the don’ts,” Kasich said. “This guy has been so humble.” …
Kasich opened the CNN event by reflecting on a campaign trail moment that’s quickly gone viral. At a forum in Clemson earlier in the day, a tearful young man confessed to Kasich that after suffering personal losses, he had gone through a very dark period in life. Now, he had found hope in the message that Kasich was taking to voters, he said, prompting the governor to hug the man.
“There are a lot of people out there who are lonely,” Kasich told moderator Anderson Cooper. “Could you believe that young man?”
He expressed frustration with the frenetic pace of presidential politics and noted how important it is to “slow down” and listen to people in need.
“We’ve got to slow down,” Kasich told Cooper. “You’ve got to celebrate other people’s wins, and sometimes you’ve got to sit with them and cry.”