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Did John Kasich Gain Voters At The Republican Debate?

Going in at the #10 position, not much was expected of Ohio Governor John Kasich. However, his enthusiasm and honesty seemed to resonate with the audience. Do you think John Kasich gained voters?

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last 24 hours | cleveland
John Kasich and Ben Carson fared best in debate, Rand Paul did worst, our undecided Republicans say
"...Most were impressed with Ohio Gov. John Kasich's performance on the national stage. Feliciano said he found it interesting that Kasich didn't attack Trump during an exchange on immigration, but instead promoted his own agenda."His speech on being a Republican being consistent with helping those who need help was brilliant -- common sense and compassion," said Schmitt. "Recognizing my biases for moderates and the Great State of Ohio, John Kasich is crushing it tonight. He'll see a huge bump tomorrow."Our panel was also impressed with physician Ben Carson. Schmitt said it was "courageous" of Carson "to drop Saul Alinsky's name in the GOP debate -- but I suspect that's too smart a reference for the crowd."..." see full article


863 days ago | fansided
Who won first GOP Primary Debate?
"...John Kasich might have had the best night of all the candidates, as he was down to earth and really connected with the audience on both sides of the isles. Maybe this was the skinniest kid at fat camp mirage that these debates seem to throw at the world, but it was a pretty solid night for Kasich and it should further aid his rise to the top of the GOP polls.His answer about accepting his daughters if they were gay, and the story he told about attending the wedding of a gay friend not that long ago and cherishing in their happiness was actually really refreshing to hear. It doesn't fix all of the ideological flaws Kasich may have, but he stood out as the clear frontrunner or at least the most intelligent candidate on the night...." see full article


863 days ago | blogs.wsj
John Kasich's Standout Performance in GOP Debate - Wall Street Journal (blog)
"...Mr. Kasich has also learned to moderate his rhetoric, making it more aspirational and inclusive than in years past. We need to lift everybody and unite everybody in this country, Mr. Kasich said Thursday.A deeply religious person who is against same-sex marriage, Mr. Kasich hit a home run when asked how he would react if one of his children were gay. Of course I would love and accept them, he said, adding that he had recently attended the wedding of a gay friend.When Mr. Kasich said We need to give everybody a chance and treat them with respect, the audience cheered.His performance suggests he could be a serious alternative to Jeb Bush...." see full article


863 days ago | thehill
Kasich at debate: Gay people deserve love and respect - The Hill (blog)

"...Kasich's answer on marriage got a strong response from the crowd at Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena, which cheered when he said he would accept family members who are gay. He later cast the issue of gay marriage as one meant to divide candidates and said that everyone deserves respect. We need to give everybody the chance, treat everybody with respect and let them share in this great American dream that we have, he said. I'm going to love my daughters, I'm going to love them no matter what they do. Because you know what, God gives me unconditional love, I'm going to give it to my family and my friends and the people around me. ..." see full article


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863 days ago | abcnews.go
Republican Presidential Debate: Winners and Losers of the First GOP Showdown

"...He was greeted as a hometown hero by the audience who rose to their feet to cheer when the Ohio governor was introduced. Kasich also got points for treating Donald Trump in a very different way than others on the stage, as his ally.Kasich said Trump was hitting a nerve in this country...he's got his solutions, some of us have other solutions. And when Trump said he had given money to his opponents standing next to him, Kasich jumped in and said: You're welcome to give me a check, Donald if you would like...I hope you will give to me. Soliciting campaign donations on a debate stage? It's an innovative and possibly winning move. Trump answered, Sounds to me, governor. ..." see full article


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863 days ago | thehill
GOP pundits pick Rubio, Fox as debate winners

"...He showed himself as a leader, not only of a party, but of a nation whose best days are ahead. He said the key to prosperity rests in sound economic policies. He showed that he has the experience in balancing budgets federally, as chairman of the Budget Committee in the House, and as a governor. He did not take the bait to go after Trump when given the opportunity and instead acknowledged that Trump touched a nerve in America about immigration and gridlock. Kasich also turned a negative question on expanding Medicaid into a positive by showing himself to be a compassionate conservative. On gay marriage, he showed acceptance without compromising his own personal beliefs. He had vision, experience, was affable, genuine and showed leadership...." see full article


863 days ago | economist
Who were the debate's winners and losers?
"...Another standout, John Kasich, the governor of Ohio, might have taken issue with Mr Rubio's claim that Hillary Clinton will win the election if the race becomes a "resume competition". Mr Kasich has been in government longer than Mrs Clinton, and his experience showed. He deftly handled questions on same-sex marriage and his decision to expand Medicaid in Ohio, delivering answers with a big-hearted Christian spin. Mr Kasich isn't going to win the nomination, but his solid performance raised his chances of being tapped as a running mate particularly as he is popular in Ohio, an important swing-state...." see full article


863 days ago | nationaljournal
John Kasich Is Stealing Jeb Bush's Thunder
"...If there's one immediate consequence of the hyped first Republican presidential debate, it's that millions of American viewers will be learning about many GOP candidates after knowing little about them beforehand. And one of those lesser-known but highly-accomplished candidates is Kasich, the two-term governor of the politically-pivotal battleground state.Kasich isn't going to win over many of the party's conservative grassroots. But he's not Jon Huntsman, either. Through the course of the debate, he made a compelling case that he's as viable a contender for the establishment mantle as Bush, who seemed unusually tentative and rusty after not being on a debate stage for over a decade...." see full article


863 days ago | cleveland
John Kasich had a good night at his first presidential debate, but how he got ... - cleveland.com
"...Kasich cleared this low bar and, with his performance in prime time Thursday night at The Q, accomplished what he set out to do. He established himself as a mature and experienced leader who could emerge as a viable alternative to the super-sized field's early frontrunners: Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and, yes, Donald Trump."America is a miracle country, and we have to restore the sense that the miracle will apply to you," said Kasich when asked how he would compete against Hillary Clinton, notably avoiding any sharp critiques of the Democratic frontrunner."Each and every one of the people in this country who's watching tonight, lift everybody, unite everybody and build a stronger United States of America again."..." see full article


863 days ago | nytimes
Winners at the G.O.P. Debate Did Not Include Bush and Trump

"...Mr. Kasich also advanced his cause. He entered as a largely unknown candidate outside of Ohio, where he is governor. But he was backed by a supportive audience, he deftly handled tough questions, and he had a solid answer on a question about attending same-sex weddings. His answer might not resonate among many Republicans, but it will resonate in New Hampshire the state where he needs to deny Mr. Bush a path to victory and vault to the top of the pack...." see full article


863 days ago | bluenationreview
GOP Debate: The Republican Party Has No Plans to Fix Anything
"...There were moments of humanity, like Ohio Governor John Kasich admitting he recently attended a friend's same-sex wedding, and that he'd love and accept his daughters just as much if they were gay. That got applause from the audience, surprising just four years after another Republican debate audience booed a gay veteran.And there were moments of ugly inhumanity, like when Ben Carson, a doctor and a deeply committed Christian, called our ban on torture stupid and politically incorrect. ..." see full article


863 days ago | foxnews
Trump loses Republican debate but Rubio, Cruz and others triumph

"...John Kasich had a good night, too, and his success was essential. He entered the race late and he is not well known nationally. But, Kasich is popular with moderates who are skittish about electing another Bush, and this debate allowed him to reach a bigger audience...." see full article


863 days ago | nationaljournal
John Kasich Is Stealing Jeb Bush's Thunder
"...At the inaugural GOP presidential debate, a swing-state governor with a record of reforms and a message of economic mobility made his mark. Entering the debate stage to loud applause, the experienced GOP executive touted his brand of compassionate conservatism. He disarmed skeptics of his free-wheeling speaking style, coming prepared with crisp talking points advocating his governing record.That governor wasn't former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. It was current Ohio Gov. John Kasich."Kasich is killing it. Hopeful. Uplifting. Optimistic. And he has an appeal to those who think the GOP doesn't care," tweeted Ari Fleischer, former spokesman for George W. Bush.If there's one immediate consequence of the hyped first Republican presidential debate, it's that millions of American viewers will be learning about many GOP candidates after knowing little about them beforehand. And one of those lesser-known but highly-accomplished candidates is Kasich, the two-term governor of the politically-pivotal battleground state...." see full article


863 days ago | cnn
John Kasich rides home-field advantage in first GOP debate - CNN

"...Kasich looked at ease throughout the night, at one point even deftly parrying a Donald Trump barb with a request for a campaign donation. And, in the post-debate spin, he was practically glowing."I had a great time, maybe a little bit of home-court advantage," Kasich said afterward. "You gotta have a little fun in this business, and if everything's going to be a trip to getting a root canal, what's the point?"Kasich stuck fast to his message of compassionate conservatism, and he won some of the biggest applause when fielding a question on same-sex marriage."The court has ruled, and I said we'll accept it. And guess what, I just went to a wedding of a friend of mine who happens to be gay. Because somebody doesn't think the way I do, doesn't mean that I can't care about them or can't love them. So if one of my daughters happened to be that, of course I would love them and I would accept them. Because you know what? That's what we're taught when we have strong faith," Kasich said to some of the strongest applause of the night...." see full article


863 days ago | cnn
Debate coach: Why Kasich was fantastic - CNN

"...Kasich was fantastic. He was confident throughout the debate. While it felt like the other candidates were in a race to one-up each other, Kasich came across as refreshingly real and authentic. His defense of simultaneously opposing gay marriage and respecting the Supreme Court's decision will be well received across the political spectrum. I expect Kasich's poll numbers to skyrocket after this performance...." see full article


863 days ago | hollywoodreporter
Camille Paglia: John Kasich Won the Debate (Guest Column) - Hollywood Reporter
"...Buoyed by the crowd's enthusiastic support of his tenure as governor of Ohio, Kasich came on strong in the debate. His brusque, animated gestures are awkward but manlike in a solid, old-fashioned way. Kasich is a genuine populist with working-class family ties. He made the Princeton-educated Cruz look effete tonight. Kasich was full of specifics about his Congressional experience on the armed services and budget committees. I think he won the debate. Kasich is a mensch in a party of parakeets...." see full article


863 days ago | slate
John Kasich's Marriage-Equality Answer Was the High Point of the GOP Debate - Slate Magazine (blog)

"...Trump's speech dripped with disdain, but it was immediately followed by a response full of humanity and kindness. Hypothetical questions about candidates' family members have been tricky since 1988, but undaunted, Kelly turned to Ohio Gov. John Kasich and asked him, If you had a son or daughter who was gay or lesbian, how would you explain to them your opposition to same-sex marriage? Kasich's answer was far from perfect the phrasing if one of my daughters happened to be that was unfortunate, and in noting that he would love his daughters no matter what they do, he indicated that he thought being lesbian was something that requires forbearance. Nevertheless, his response was loving and humane, and it received the evening's biggest round of applause...." see full article


863 days ago | forbes
Kasich, Bush And Christie Won The First GOP Debate - Forbes
"...John Kasich he was the real adult in the room. His record has been impressive as a Congressman, a chairman, and a Governor. He got to state it all a few times and it was both red meat for conservatives and powerfully pro-growth. We also learned that he is this year's version of a compassionate conservative candidate, a message that has served the party well. He showed why he is popular in Ohio, why he is remembered for success in Washington, and why he can appeal beyond the party's base. He disagrees with gay marriage but is ready to abide by the Supreme Court's decision. More importantly he reminded us that we can disagree with each other without hate...." see full article


863 days ago | businessinsider
The GOP debate's hometown candidate just gave a touching answer on gay marriage - Business Insider

"...Kasich went on to say he would love his daughters "no matter what they do.""Issues like that are planted to divide us. I think the simple fact of the matter is and this is where I would agree with Jeb, and I've been saying it all along we need to give everybody a chance, treat everybody with respect, and let them share in this great in this great American dream that we have, Megyn," Kasich told Kelly."So, look, I'm going to love my daughters. I'm going to love them no matter what they do. Because you know what? God lives me unconditional love. I'm going to give it to my family, and my friends, and the people around me."The crowd in Cleveland gave Kasich a loud round of applause. The overwhelming cheering was a noticeable contrast from just four years ago during another GOP primary debate featuring Kelly, in which a crowd booed a gay soldier...." see full article


863 days ago | nytimes
Live Coverage | How It Played | John Kasich Wins Points on Gay Marriage Answer - New York Times

"...When Gov. John Kasich of Ohio finished a passionate answer on gay marriage, saying he would love his daughters unconditionally if they were gay a lesson imbued by his faith Norma Adema, 68, nodded in approval. That was a good answer, she said...." see full article


863 days ago | cleveland
John Kasich and Ben Carson fared best in debate, Rand Paul did worst, our ... - cleveland.com
"...Most were impressed with Ohio Gov. John Kasich's performance on the national stage. Feliciano said he found it interesting that Kasich didn't attack Trump during an exchange on immigration, but instead promoted his own agenda."His speech on being a Republican being consistent with helping those who need help was brilliant -- common sense and compassion," said Schmitt. "Recognizing my biases for moderates and the Great State of Ohio, John Kasich is crushing it tonight. He'll see a huge bump tomorrow."..." see full article


863 days ago | slate
A Republican Presidential Candidate Just Gave One of the Most Stirring ... - Slate Magazine (blog)

"...Coming into Thursday's Republican primary debate, John Kasich had one major strike against him among conservatives that also made him an interesting candidate. As governor of Ohio, he chose to accept Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, a move that, obviously, was anathema to the many members of his party who are seeking to kill off the health law. Moreover, he wasn't sheepish about his decision. "Now, when you die and get to the meeting with St. Peter, he's probably not going to ask you much about what you did about keeping government small," Kasich said. "But he is going to ask you what you did for the poor. You better have a good answer.'"Unsurprisingly, moderator Megyn Kelly asked Kasich about his Medicaid move (and St. Peter argument). And, once again, he didn't back down, instead delivering one of the most succinct and stirring defenses of the health care program for America's poor that I've ever seen...." see full article


863 days ago | nytimes
Live Coverage | John Kasich Declines to Criticize Donald Trump - New York Times

"...Gov. John Kasich definitely has to break out in this debate he barely got on this stage and he seems to be using Donald J. Trump to do that here in an ingenious way. The obvious tack here for the I'm-not-Trumps would be to do the do-you-not-have-decency kind of attack that Rand Paul seemed to try early on. But Mr. Kasich, when asked whether he agreed with Mr. Trump's description of the United States government as stupid in its approach to blocking illegal immigrants coming in from Mexico, doesn't take the bait. Instead, he noted instead that Mr. Trump has struck a nerve in this country, and moved on to talk about his own record as governor in Ohio. This debate is being broadcast to a national audience that doesn't know much about Mr. Kasich or his record as governor. It helps that this debate is taking place Ohio and the people in the arena do and are cheering for him...." see full article


863 days ago | nbcnews
Who Stood Out in the First GOP Primary Debate?

"...Yet given all of the attention on Trump, two Republicans stood out to us: Marco Rubio and John Kasich. What Rubio did was steal moments (when talking about immigration, the Democratic Party) and get his message across -- that he's the generational contrast to Hillary Clinton. Kasich, meanwhile, certainly benefitted from the home-state crowd and used it to his advantage. If you're Hillary Clinton, Rubio and Kasich standing out is probably not the result you wanted: Both are POTENTIALLY formidable general-election candidates, but they have difficult paths to winning the GOP nomination. That said, Democrats smelled blood on Rubio's answer that he opposes abortion even in cases of rape and incest...." see full article


863 days ago | townhall
Rowdy, Memorable Republican Debate Lives Up to Hype

"...The Ohio governor was the last man into this debate and he made the most of his opportunity. He had a story to tell and a resume to share, and he did so repeatedly, in a disciplined but not overly forced way. Even when discussing an issue over which many conservatives have a sharp objections to his policy -- Medicaid expansion -- Kasich's answer was calm, reasonable and compassionate in tone. Politically savvy, if unpersuasive and wrong on the merits. When pressed on how he'd explain his opposition to gay marriage to his own (hypothetical) gay child, Kasich noted that he recently attended a same-sex wedding, despite his differences of opinion. He didn't back down on his traditional marriage stance, but emphasized love and respect, drawing sustained applause from the conservative audience...." see full article



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