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John Kasich feels badly about Prince, ‘but not really, though’

Someone had to ask.


Aaron Sankin


Published Apr 22, 2016   Updated May 26, 2021, 9:52 pm CDT

Running for president in 2016 is a hellish ordeal from which there is no escape—save for the cold embrace of endorsing Donald Trump on national television.

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On his almost certainly quixotic, but definitely delicious, quest to nab the Republican nomination, Ohio Gov. John Kasich has likely been asked every question under the sun. But this one might just get the best of him, not because of its policy implications—it has none—but because of its tone.

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On Thursday, the incomparable musical icon Prince passed away at the age of 57. News of Prince’s death sucked all the air out of the news cycle and, naturally, someone asked Kasich about it.

“I feel badly about Prince,” Kasich said. “But not really, though.”

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“I never saw him in concert, that was a mistake for me not to be able to follow him, to see him in concert. He was an extraordinary musician,” Kasich continued. “They say they have enough unrecorded music now to put an alum out every year for 100 years. Remarkable.”

To recap: Kasich wasn’t really a Prince fan, but he felt like he could have been a Prince fan if he had put forth the effort. Also, he knows a fact about Prince. 

This statement puts the candidate’s Prince sensitivity below Bing:

But above Four Loko:

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*First Published: Apr 22, 2016, 6:24 pm CDT