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Kasich under fire for women in the kitchen comments

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While he hasn't caused much controversy on the campaign trail, Ohio governor John Kasich is under fire after comments he made Monday afternoon at a town hall meeting in Fairfax, Virginia. 

Kasich made comments directed towards women campaign volunteers during his run for the Ohio senate in 1978 stating, "Many women, who left their kitchens to go out and go door to door and to put yard signs up for me. All the way back, when--you know things were different. "

One female town hall attendee responded, "First off I want to say your comment earlier about the woman came out of the kitchen to support you. I'll come to support you but I won't be coming out of the kitchen."

Kasich apologized for his comments on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer stating "I'm sorry if I offended somebody out there, but it wasn't intended to be offensive."

Mahoning County Democratic Party Chairman Dave Betras says Kasich's comments will effect voter's perception of him. "I think his comments he made today definitely hurt him with any women voters, and certainly has hurt his ability to be a vice presidential candidate."

YSU Political Science Chair Paul Sracic disagrees, "I don't think it hurts him because you have to read the whole comment. He probably could have phrased it more artfully, but in this campaign given the things Donald trump has said it's hard to see a statement like that being very damaging."

Putting his comments aside, the question now is, how long does Kasich remain in the race for the nomination?

"He's alive at least through March 15th, says Paul Sracic, and he could possibly get new life on March 15, we will just have to see what happens. Now, if he loses the Ohio primary as a sitting Ohio governor, then it's over."

Voters in Nevada will caucus Tuesday where Kasich is polling between 5 and 10%. 

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