Ohio Gov. John Kasich and business mogul Mark Cuban have been critical of the current presidential administration and both political parties via tweets, talk show appearances and rallies. They chose the same critical angle — and stage — at Ohio State Monday with Kasich calling the Democratic party “pathetic” and each expressing disappointment with President Donald Trump.
Both Kasich and Cuban have been pegged as potential independent or Republican party challengers to Trump in 2020.
Kasich, whose term as governor ends this year, has taken several trips to swing states, suggesting he might run for president again in 2020. In the past year, Cuban, current owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks and a personality on ABC’s show “Shark Tank,” has thrown around the idea of running and said he would consider public office if Republicans do well in November midterm elections, because that would mean an unbalanced House.
Axios Executive Editor Mike Allen questioned Kasich and Cuban on their concerns for the future of American politics at the “Smarter Faster Revolution” event hosted by the news webiste and JP Morgan Chase & CO.
Kasich’s one-on-one conversation started on Trump’s tweet threatening to end DACA on Easter Sunday. Kasich responded to Trump on social media at the time and on Monday said he was disappointed that Trump chose Easter to spread such a message.
“I was really upset on Easter when the president puts out a tweet to the DACA people. You know these are young people, they are great contributors to our society, they have families,” Kasich said. “Then all of the sudden on Easter, the day for Christians of great hope, he puts something out taking their home away. I don’t think it’s right and that’s not what leaders do.”
While Kasich spoke out against Trump’s tweeting, Cuban said one of his New Year’s resolutions was to not pay as much attention to Trump and what he says because “What’s the point?
“He is who he is. I’ve known him a long time. He hasn’t changed at all,” Cuban said of the president.
Allen hammered away with Trump questions but Kasich saved his most searing assessment for Democrats.
“What the [GOP] needs to do is realize the issues that really matter to people,” he said. “Everyone wants to talk about how bad the Republican party is, the Democratic party is so pathetic I can’t even figure out what they’re for.”
The change in America needs to come from the bottom up because politicians are too scared to push for change, Kasich said. Both he and Cuban said the students from Parkland, Florida, who have led the charge for gun reform, symbolize the participation necessary to change policy.
“I say this to everyone here: The most important thing you can do is participate,” Cuban said. “Don’t let somebody else create the country you’re going to have to live in for the rest of your lives. Do it yourself, participate.”