ANTWERP, Ohio (WANE) – Voters were pleased and surprised to hear their governor qualified for the first of six GOP debates scheduled before primary voting begins in February. Gov. John Kasich was the 10th and final candidate to get the nod to participate.
“It makes me more interesting in watching,” said Jeff Lewis. “I’m a big fan of the Governor. I think he’s done a lot of great things for Ohio. I didn’t know if he was going to make the debate or not.”
NewsChannel 15 did meet a couple voters who were not fans of Kasich, but added they usually did not vote Republican.
Erik Miesle thought Kasich could add something when he and nine others take the floor. “I think it’ll be good,” he said. “It’ll make the debate more interesting because of some clashing views between all the Republican party candidates, especially with Donald Trump being involved.”
Kasich did release a statement Tuesday night regarding the news via his campaign’s Facebook page. It read:
“It’s only fitting that this phase of the Republican presidential nomination begins in Ohio — the Mother of Presidents. After all, no Republican has ever won the presidency without Ohio.
As governor, I am glad to welcome my fellow debate participants to our great state. I look forward to discussing the issues facing our country with you on Thursday! Until then I hope everyone enjoys themselves in Cleveland. It’s a great town!”