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John Kasich Brags Women 'Left Their Kitchens' To Elect Him Back In The Day

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Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich bragged on Monday that he was elected to office at a young age with the help of an "army of supporters" that included women who "left their kitchens" to knock on doors for him.

"How did I get elected? Nobody was -- I didn't have anybody for me. We just got an army of people and many women who left their kitchens to go out and go door to door and put yard signs up for me," Kasich said at a town hall in Fairfax, Virginia.

Kasich first ran for Congress in 1982 at the age of 26, and was re-elected as a representative eight times, serving a total of nine terms until 2001.

A woman at the town hall who asked why the governor decided to sign a bill defunding Planned Parenthood in Ohio over the weekend said his remark offended her.

"First off, I want to say your comment earlier about the women coming to support you? I'll come and support you, but I won't be coming out of the kitchen," she said.

"I got you," Kasich responded.

The governor argued that women would have ample health options in Ohio even though he defunded the health provider because he objects to abortion.

"Are you kidding me? We have robust women's health funding in Ohio," he said.

“You don't have to be captive to delivering women’s health through a women's health organization that has discredited itself," he said of Planned Parenthood.

Kasich has faced backlash for his remarks about women before. In November, he attempted to explain his experience balancing the budget in Ohio by asking a woman if she had ever dieted. And in September, he got into hot water when he told a story about a note a Latina hotel maid had left in his room.

Chris Schrimpf, a spokesman for the Kasich campaign, did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

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