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Kasich Speaks About Fox News as He Talks of the Need of Unity for the Nation

Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Monday said that during the time he hosted a Fox News show, he knew nothing of what its critics described as a culture of sexual harassment.

Long-time Fox host Bill O’Reilly was ousted last week, only a few months after former Fox CEO Roger Ailes was forced out over the same issue.

Kasich made the media rounds this week to promote his latest book Two Paths: America Divided or United.

During an interview with Business Insider, he was asked about Fox News, with whom he worked from 2001 through 2007.

“Well, look, I was there, see, about seven years ago,” he said. “I had my one show on heroes. I used to sub for O’Reilly. It was fine. If it wasn’t fine, I wouldn’t have stayed.”

Kasich filmed his Heartland from Columbus, Ohio.

“There are changes going on, we’ll see how it all works out,” he said. “I’m not in the management of Fox News. I think they’re finding their way. I think … I’ve had some private conversation with (21st Century Fox CEO) James Murdoch about Fox News and I want to leave it there.”

Most of Kasich’s interviews dealt with his book, and its theme of unity.

“We’ve got to recognize that the very real problems facing this country cannot be ignored. We cannot be confused or distracted by bitterness and rancor,” he wrote in the book.

He echoed that comment in a CBS interview this week.

“We have to unite ourselves because if we continue to be divided, we’re not going to make progress as a nation and as a culture,” he said.

“Look, the problem is not just the president; it’s all the politicians,” Kasich told Capital Download, affiliated with USA Today. “And the problem in the country is not just the politicians. Do I need to say anything more than ‘United Airlines’ to see how divided and [how] we treat one another as something other than human beings?”

Kasich indicated that he finds politics divisive.

“In Ohio today, we’re more united,” Kasich said. “You know why? Because I’m not playing that stupid political game. And I think political parties are on their way out, essentially.”

“I think people care less about party,” Kasich said. “They want action and things done. But it’s not just politicians … it’s where you work and where you live and what you do.”

when asked about President Trump, who Kasich campaigned against in the 2016 GOP primaries and who Kasich refused to support, Kasich said the jury is still out. He said he opposes Trump on immigration, but thought Trump did the right thing to strike Syria.

“Look, it’s too early; it’s not even 100 days for a guy that’s never held office before, so give him a chance,” he says. “My grade is ‘incomplete’ for the president. He’s got a long way to go.”