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Ohio Gov. John Kasich came out aggressive in third GOP presidential debate
Despite being near the end of the stage, Gov. Kasich finished with the third most talk time in debate
by WKSU's CORY YORK


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Gov. John Kasich came out swinging in last night’s GOP debate in Colorado. Kasich had promised that he would be more aggressive in attacks on his opponents, and in his opening remarks last night he took aim at front-runners Ben Carson and Donald Trump.
LISTEN: Kasich on someone needing to lead

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“I’ve heard them talk about deporting 10 or 11 — people here from this country out of this country, splitting families. I’ve heard about tax schemes that don’t add up, that put our kids in a deeper hole than they are today. We need somebody who can lead. We need somebody who can balance budgets, cut taxes.”

Gov. Kasich weighs in on Ohio potentially legalizing marijuana
Ohio voters will soon decide whether or not to legalize marijuana in Ohio. Gov. John Kasich was asked if he supported its legalization.

LISTEN: Kasich on drugs sending mixed signals
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"Sending mixed signals to kids about drugs is a disaster. Drugs is one of the greatest scourge in this country, and I spent five years of my administration working with my team to do a whole sort of things to try to reign in the problem of overdoses, and it goes on and on."
Voters will decide on Issue 3 this Tuesday. The measure will legalize marijuana for personal and medical use and set up 10 growing facilities.

No more "silly deals"
Today the House voted to extend the debt ceiling. Last night Governor Kaisch said that if he was president we would pass an amendment mandating a balanced budget.

LISTEN: Kasich on no more silly deals
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“I not only did it in Washington, I did it in Ohio, and I’ll go back to Washington, and there will be no more silly deals if I become President," Kasich said. “We’ll have a Constitutional Amendment to require a federally balanced budget so they will do their job.”

Trump v. Kasich
For much of Governor Kasich's campaign, he avoided criticizing other candidates and instead focused on what he has done for Ohio. Last night however, the argument between himself and Donald Trump showed a different side of Governor Kasich.

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"First of all, John got lucky with a thing called fracking, OK? He hit oil. He got lucky with fracking. Believe me, that is why Ohio is doing well. Number — and that is important for you to know," Trump said about Kaisch."

"Number two, this was the man that was a managing general partner at Lehman Brothers when it went down the tubes and almost took every one of us with it, including Ben and myself, because I was there and I watched what happened. And Lehman Brothers started it all. He was on the board. And he was a managing general partner.

"And just thirdly, he was so nice. He was such a nice guy. And he said, oh, I’m never going to attack. But then his poll numbers tanked. He has got — that is why he is on the end. And he got nasty. And he got nasty. So you know what? You can have him."

"Let me just — let me respond," said Kasich. "First of all, Ohio does have an energy industry, but we’re diversified. We’re one of the fastest growing states in the country. We came back from the dead. And you know what? It works very, very well," Kasich rebutted.

"And secondly, when you talk about me being on the board of Lehman Brothers, I wasn’t on the board of Lehman Brothers. I was a banker and I was proud of it. And I traveled the country and learned how people made jobs.

"We ought to have politicians who not only have government experience but know how the CEOs and the job creators work. My state is doing great across the board."

Kasich supports financial assistance to pay off college debt
Kasich talking about how he supports allowing people who need financial assistance to attend college to pay it off via public service.

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“I mean legitimate, public service and begin to pay off some of that debt through the public service that you do. And in the meantime, it may inspire us to care more about our country, more about ourselves. This is a big moral issue in America.”

Trailing in the polls finished third in total talk time in the third GOP debate

Kasich has been lagging in national polls and has yet to make a name for himself among voters in New Hampshire, despite repeated visits.
But despite the low polling, Kaisch managed to finish third in total talk time and ahead of Donald Trump.

Kaisch continues to talk about his experience in Congress
Kasich once again talked about his experience in Congress in the '90s and working on balancing the federal budget and the budget in Ohio - and about some proposals he's heard from other candidates he doesn't name such as Ben Carson, who's proposed a flat tax based on tithing and drastic cuts to Medicaid and Medicare.

LISTEN: Kasich on fiscal discipline
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“That was hard work. Fiscal discipline, know what you’re doing. Creativity. This stuff is fantasy. Just like getting rid of Medicare and Medicaid. Come on, that’s just not — you scare senior citizens with that. It’s not responsible.”

 
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