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COLUMBUS, Ohio (ChurchMilitant.com) - A prominent Republican says Christians can vote for Joe Biden — despite his stance on abortion.
John Kasich, former Ohio governor, claimed in a CNN interview Monday that the former vice president "is a man of deep faith."
Though calling himself a pro-life Republican, Kasich is slated to stump for Biden at the Democratic National Convention.
Kasich was baptized Catholic, but is now an Anglican.
Kasich encouraged fellow Republicans to ditch President Trump, saying, "I would encourage other Republicans to know that it is okay to take off a partisan hat, take off your partisan hat and vote on the basis of what your conscience tells you about the future of our country, not just for yourself but for your kids as well."
He went on to say:
I believe Biden can bring us together. I'll disagree with Joe on things, and they expected that when they asked me to do this. I said yeah, there are things I'll disagree with Biden on. There are things I'm concerned about. At the end of the day, I think he is a man of faith.
The former governor said he believes Biden can "restore civility" to politics, adding, "I don't think he'll go hard-Left. I think he is a pretty tough guy. So I'm comfortable with the fact that he would be our leader."
When pressed on whether religious people can vote for Biden, Kasich argued, "Well, I'm clued in to a lot of people of faith, a number of them, who are very happy that I'm making this decision."
"I think he is a man of faith," Kasich continued, adding:
I don't sit down and talk about all of his religion with him, but I'm comfortable with him. I, like I say, I consider myself to be a man of faith — a flawed man of faith for sure, but aren't we all? So I don't think anybody can speak for the entire faith community and try to say that this person is good and that person isn't. A lot of people scratch their heads about why some of these very conservative Evangelicals support Trump. It seems not to be consistent with the things that they believe in as promoted in the Old and New Testament.
Kasich has been anti-Trump since the 2016 election.
In October 2016, for example, Kasich declared in a statement emailed to reporters, "I will not vote for a nominee who has behaved in a manner that reflects so poorly on our country. Our country deserves better."
On his ballot, Kasich claims he wrote in Sen. John McCain rather than voting for Trump.
Though claiming to be Catholic, Biden promotes abortion, homosexual "marriage" and transgenderism.
During a vice-presidential debate in 2012, Biden insisted, "My religion defines who I am. And I've been a practicing Catholic my whole life."
But Biden went on to say that he would not "impose" on others the Catholic belief in unborn babies' right to life, remarking, "I do not believe that we have a right to tell other people that women can't control their body."
In October 2019, a priest in South Carolina denied Biden Holy Communion due to his stance on abortion.
In April this year, Biden argued women must have access to abortion during the Wuhan virus pandemic, calling abortion "an essential health care service."
on Twitter in January this year, Biden called transgenderism "the civil rights issue of our time."