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Ohio Gov. and 2016 GOP presidential candidate John Kasich has backed off his idea of creating a federal agency for the purpose of exporting core western values to the world, a move that comes after media seized on his use of the term "Judeo-Christian."

If elected president, the governor said Tuesday at an event in Washington, D.C., he would marry U.S. public diplomacy with the country's broadcasting industry to create an agency to broaden America's influence in the world.

"We must be more forceful in the battle of ideas," Kasich said. "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."

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