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By Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com Editor


CLEVELAND - The first Republican debate for candidates vying to be elected President of the United States in 2016 is set for tonight in Cleveland. Ten men are set to take the stage in the event sponsored by Fox News at Quicken Loans Arena.  There are at least 17 GOP candidates for president and the top ten were determined by how well they performed in opinion polls conducted by Bloomberg, CBS News, Fox News, Monmouth University and Quinnipiac University.

Among those invited to participate is Ohio Governor John Kasich.  He entered the race last month and since then has touted himself as someone who has done it all:  balanced budgets in Washington and Ohio, led on national security for 18 years and turned aside from divisive politics to bring people together and solve problems.

While his campaign website states, "He’s the right person to help America get back on track. He’s for all of us," his critics from Ohio claim he has not done enough for education and expanded government-funded medicaid.

During a recent, unscientific poll July 21-28, 2015 on KnoxPages.com readers were asked this question:

"Ohio Governor John Kasich has announced he is running for president of the United States. If he is the GOP nominee would you vote for him?" 

The results were as follows:

  • Yes - 31
  • No - 64
  • I don't vote - 1

Tonight at 9, the governor is facing GOP frontrunner billionaire Donald Trump, as well as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, former Arkansas Gov. and radio/TV host Mike Huckabee, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Those who didn't make the cut are Former HP executive Carly Fiorina, the GOP's only female presidential candidate, Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former New York Gov. George Pataki.  They will have their own debate at 5 p.m.

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