Experts: Kasich to stack up well against candidates in GOP debate

Ohio Gov. John Kasich announces he is running for the 2016 Republican party’s nomination for president during a campaign rally at Ohio State University, Tuesday, July 21, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. Kasich, a two-term governor and former congressman, has little name recognition in the crowded GOP field, but he is already airing television ads in New Hampshire where he is heading immediately after making his run official. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Ohio Gov. John Kasich announces he is running for the 2016 Republican party’s nomination for president during a campaign rally at Ohio State University, Tuesday, July 21, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. Kasich, a two-term governor and former congressman, has little name recognition in the crowded GOP field, but he is already airing television ads in New Hampshire where he is heading immediately after making his run official. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Thursday night, ten presidential candidates will take the stage in Cleveland for the first republican debate of the 2016 election cycle, and Ohio Governor John Kasich will be among them.

Going into Thursday’s debate, experts say Governor Kasich will stack up well against his fellow party members.

Among those challenging him in the debate, Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, and of course, the most recent leader in the polls, Donald Trump. Kasich will be filling the 10th spot in the debate.

2 NEWS’ Jordan Bowen spoke with Paul Leonard, a political scientist from Wright State University Wednesday, who says this will be Kasich’s opportunity to introduce himself to the rest of America.

Leonard says for Kasich to succeed in the debate, he has to talk about his credentials and focus on his financial success as a two-term governor.

“He dealt with a budget. He presided over a balanced budget, when Bill Clinton was president, and he’s presiding over two balanced budgets in the state of Ohio,” Leonard said. “I think that’s important to people. I think that’s the kind of thing I think he needs to emphasize.”

Leonard also says some of the drawbacks Kasich will face is his late start in the race. However, he says there’s still a long way to go in the campaign.

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