CLEVELAND (AP) – As Ohio Gov. John Kasich joins a crowd of fellow Republicans at Thursday’s first presidential debate, state Democrats make plans to challenge his claimed successes in rejuvenating the state.
Democratic party leaders planned a news conference Thursday ahead of the evening debate, in which Kasich landed the 10th spot out of 10 based on polling.
The 63-year-old Kasich has campaigned on turning around Ohio’s economy, adding jobs and erasing a projected budget deficit that estimates put at between $7 billion and $8 billion.
Democrats suggest that some of Kasich’s government efficienciess and tax reforms have shifted the economic burden onto the middle class and local communities.
Kasich made a brief run for the 2000 presidential nomination. He served 18 years in Congress and a decade in the private sector.
There are a total of 17 candidates in the Republican race for president. The seven GOP candidates not taking part in the prime-time debate will appear together in a pre-debate forum at 5 pm.
The big debate gets under way a few hours later at p.m. The Valley will be represented at the debate as well.
According to our print partners at the Tribune Chronicle, the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber is taking about 35 local business leaders to the debate and a reception in Cleveland. It is a way to showcase business and industry in the Mahoning Valley.
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