John Kasich Gets Testy During Town Hall After Question About Funding for Planned Parenthood

CONCORD, N.H. (TheBlaze/AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich got into a brief, heated exchange with a voter over Planned Parenthood funding during a town hall meeting in New Hampshire.

Republican presidential candidate Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio, speaks during a campaign stop before Tuesday's contest, the first in the nation's presidential primary, on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
Republican presidential candidate Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio, speaks during a campaign stop before Tuesday’s contest, the first in the nation’s presidential primary, on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Kasich said Sunday in Concord that federal funding for Planned Parenthood is never going to happen with a Republican-controlled Congress. That wasn’t a satisfying answer for a female voter who asked Kasich whether he’d support funding for the organization if it were part of a balanced budget.

The woman charged Kasich with avoiding her question after he said he’s a strong supporter of women’s health.

Ben Gittleson of ABC News tweeted that a man in the crowd shouted, “Answer the question!”

Kasich got slightly testy and asked the woman if she thought he was avoiding the answers because she thought he was “mechanical.”

Gittleson reported that he joked to the man, “I’ve been avoiding all the questions b/c I’m mechanical, right?”

The exchange caught more than just Gittleson’s attention:

Kasich then gave the woman a more direct answer. He told her “we’re not gonna fund it.”

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