GOP debates have candidates sending messages to voters

Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Aug., 2015
FILE - Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks during the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WKBN) – Thousands of people were in Cleveland Thursday night to witness the first GOP debate.

Each candidate hopes to get a message to the voters.

“It’s important because I want to see people do good in this country, and I want to see Marco Rubio become president. Let’s make it easier for young people to open businesses. Life will be better,” said Rick Harrison of Pawn Stars.

With Donald Trump as a GOP contender, other candidates hope to prove that they are worthy of being president beyond using star power.

Rick Santorum hopes to use his time in Pennsylvania as a basis for his candidacy.

“We went out and fought the establishment and won, and we stood up for Pennsylvania and the American workers,” Santorum said.

“I think voters are looking for a real change. They know that we’re on the path to socialism turning American dream into European nightmare. They want to get our country back on the right path,” said Bobby Jindal.

Ohio Governor John Kasich is trying to shine in front of his home state, and many in Ohio are willing to support him.

Representative Bill Johnson from Ohio gave his opinion on why he believes Kasich is a good candidate.

“They’re looking for somebody who will be real. They’re looking for somebody who will be authentic, somebody that will be genuine. They’re looking for someone that has walked where they’ve walked and that understands the challenges they face every day. That’s the kind of president that we need,” Johnson said.

In the valley, Mahoning County democrats tuned in to the GOP debates.

Ohio Governor John Kasich has impressed one viewer.

“His politics and mine are probably at odds on a lot of things, but the guy knew his information. He came across very sincere as opposed to some of these individuals, and I hate to say it, especially like Jeb Bush who was about as flat as a piece of cardboard,” said Anita Davis, a viewer.

Davis thinks Kasich and Bush are going to have staying power on the republican ticket.

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