Ohio Gov. John Kasich campaigned in New England over the weekend, where he held a town hall in the state of Vermont. Challenged by a scientist to offer his position on the science of climate change, Kasich responded: “I know that human beings affect the climate. I know it’s an apostasy in the Republican Party to say that.”

“I guess that’s what I’ve always been,” Kasich added. “[Someone] able to challenge some of the status quo.”

Kasich went on by discussing his position that the U.S. needs “to develop all of the renewables,” including battery technology to store solar power.

The Ohio governor took second place in New Hampshire’s primary two weeks ago.