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Kasich debate performance considered good, but no clear winner
The 10 GOP presidential hopefuls sparred at their first debate in Cleveland Thursday night
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Kevin Niedermier
Governor Kasich on a press area monitor answering a question during last night's GOP debate in Cleveland.
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Observers of last night’s first GOP presidential debate in Cleveland say Ohio Governor John Kasich did well, but there was no clear winner.  WKSU's Kevin Niedermier reports.

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Among the ten candidates on stage at Quicken Loans Arena with Governor Kasich were businessman Donald Trump and Florida Governor Jeb Bush. After the two hour debate, Cuyahoga County Republican Party Chairman Rob Frost said there were many great nominee choices participating, but it was a good night for Kasich.

Cuyahoga County Republican Party Chairman Rob Frost“John Kasich showed tonight that he is the strongest conservative with the broadest appeal and that he is ready to lead the United States. I feel that as he spoke, he had some challenging questions put to him. He had some others that gave him the opportunity to talk about his record. He is the person on that stage with the greatest experience. He has experience with foreign policy with the Armed Services Committee with years in congress leading there. But also his leadership in the budget committee, balancing the budget for the first time since man walked on the moon and it hasn’t been done since.”

Scott Gale is the Sagamore Hills Township fiscal officer. He says the largely home-state Ohio crowd gave Kasich a debate advantage.

“You could hear it by the cheers. And at the end, Governor Christie, I heard him personally say governor, next time no debate in Ohio. So even Governor Christie saw the hometown crowd was there for him.
What do you think Governor Kasich said that helped him?                                   
Obviously one is he’s balanced a budget, that’s a big one, he was very clear on that. He’s got foreign policy, he brought that up. But the balancing the budget I thought was very key tonight, it’s very important.”

Gale also thought former Florida Governor Jeb Bush did a good job of saying where he stands on issues and what he did for that state.

The next GOP debate is September 16th in California.


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