In the Republican presidential primary, most candidates have focused their federal government reform efforts on which agencies they would cut. One 2016 hopeful, however, has come out in favor of creating a new one.
In a speech delivered in Washington, D.C., this week, Ohio Gov. John Kasich said he would launch a new agency to promote “Judeo-Christian Western values” abroad. The agency would focus on broadcasting in Russia, China and the Middle East, he said.
Voice of America, operating under the umbrella of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, is currently tasked with broadcasting messages of the U.S. government abroad. Kasich argued VOA is not getting the job done, however.
“U.S. public diplomacy and international broadcasting have lost their focus on the case for Western values and ideals and effectively countering our opponents’ propaganda and disinformation,” Kasich said. “I will consolidate them into a new agency that has a clear mandate to promote the core, Judeo-Christian Western values that we and our friends and allies share: the values of human rights, the values of democracy, freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom of association.”