As Kasich takes stage, Democrats push back against claims

CLEVELAND (AP) – As Ohio Gov. John Kasich joined a crowd of fellow Republicans at Thursday’s first presidential debate, national and state Democrats criticized the record he will tout for improving the state’s economy, adding jobs and helping the less fortunate.

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz suggests Kasich’s ideas and those of the other nine GOP candidates are as interchangeable as Lego blocks. She predicted none would address climate change, living wages or raising taxes on the wealthy.

U.S. Reps. Marcy Kaptur and Tim Ryan say the 63-year-old Kasich has done too little to retain Ohio’s critical manufacturing and transportation sector jobs and has hurt local communities with education cuts.

Ohio Senate President Keith Faber, a Republican, says Kasich’s strong record includes balancing both the federal and state budgets.

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