Ohio Gov. John Kasich recounted an earlier victory in his political career where many women “left their kitchens” to come out and campaign on his behalf Monday during a town hall in Fairfax, Virginia.
“How did I get elected? I didn't have anybody for me,” he said. “We just got an army of people who, and many women who left their kitchens to go out and go door-to-door and put yard signs up for me.”
As reported by BuzzFeed, Kasich was speaking about his successful run for the Ohio legislature in 1978. He noted times were “different” back then.
“Now you call homes and everybody’s out working, but at that time, early days, it was an army of the women that really helped me to get elected to the state senate,” he said.
Later, a woman at the rally called Kasich out for the remark, which she appeared to view as sexist with its old-fashioned sentiment that women did not pursue work out of their homes.
“First off, I want to say your comment earlier about the women came out of the kitchen to support you—I'll come to support you, but I won't be coming out of the kitchen,” she said.
“I gotcha,” Kasich said, as the audience cheered.
Kasich is one of five Republicans remaining in the fight for the 2016 nomination. He finished second in New Hampshire but far behind frontrunner Donald Trump, and the more moderate Kasich was a non-factor in the South Carolina primary that Trump also won.
While campaigning in New Hampshire earlier this month, Kasich joked that he should be running in the Democratic primary rather than the GOP one.
UPDATE: (1:13 p.m.) This article was updated to show Kasich also remarked times were “different” at the time of this particular race.