CLEVELAND, Ohio (WDTN) – Some politicos are calling it a ‘solid night’ for Ohio Governor John Kasich.
Kasich was the tenth and final Republican chosen to participate in the first GOP Presidential Debate of the season.
He garnered two roaring rounds of applause. One at the very beginning when he was announced. The home crowd was clearly in Kasich’s corner.
The other when he stated his case about same-sex marriage. His answer brought a rousing round of applause.
Kasich said he opposed same-sex marriage, but when asked about how he would react if his children came out, he said, “I’m going to love my daughters no matter what they do. Because you know what? God gives me unconditional love, and I’m going to give it to my family and my friends and the people around me.”
“He puts it all on the line. He speaks from the heart and his experience is just phenomenal. and I just think he’s got what it takes,” said Carolyn Adams.
Kasich was among the first to address The Donald factor. GOP front-runner, Donald Trump, stood center stage and drew cheers and jeers through the night. Kasich remarked that Trump should not be taken lightly and every candidate’s ideas should be heard.
“Well, I thought Kasich did a wonderful job, he really showed his track record in terms of what he has done in Ohio and what I believe he can do in the nation. Donald Trump, of course, is always very flamboyant, but made some very great points. And, then I also think Ben Carson told some things of what he could do as well,” said Mikeva.
Early Neilsen overnight ratings suggest that the debate was the most-watched primary debate in history. It had a 16.0 household rating which means that 16-percent of US homes with TVs were tuned to the debate on FOX NEWS. CNN Money reports that FOX News usually has a 1 or 2 percent household audience. It reports that the highest-ranking Republican primary debates in 2011 and 2012 were watched by about 5-percent of households.
Possibly the most controversial statement Trump made was his warning that he could run as an independent if he does not get the Republican nomination. When FOX commentators asked who would not support the chosen candidate if it wasn’t them, only Trump raised his hand.