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John Kasich Calls for New Government Agency to 'Beam Messages' of 'Judeo-Christian, Western Values

"It's essential that we do promote this message.."

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Republican presidential candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich has an idea for a new government agency — one that would promote "core Judeo-Christian, Western values" as a means of countering the Islamic State's propaganda.

Speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Kasich said the United States should "beam messages" of Western values "around the world."

"U.S. public diplomacy and international broadcasting have lost their focus on the case for Western values and ideals and effectively countering our opponents' propaganda and disinformation," Kasich said. "I will consolidate them into a new agency that has a clear mandate to promote the core, Judeo-Christian Western values that we and our friends and allies share: the values of human rights, the values of democracy, freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom of association."

During an interview with NBC News later that day, Kasich said that his new government agency would be a priority.

According to Kasich, the areas he would target most are China, Iran, Russia and the Middle East.

Kasich concluded that the U.S. must "spread who we are, and why we are who we are, and what we represent."

"It's essential, by the way, that those in the West begin to embrace again our Jewish and Christian tradition, rather than running from it and hiding from it," he said.

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