Saturday, February 6, 2016

John Kasich puts his Happy Warrior message to the test in Republican debate

GOFFSTOWN, N.H. – First the good news for John Kasich. Ohio's governor used the last Republican presidential debate before the pivotal New Hampshire primary to reinforce his experience, his compassion, and his role as the race's Happy Warrior.

And Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who could be on the verge of consolidating the GOP establishment around his candidacy, was at his sound bite-happy worst.

Now the potentially bad news for Kasich.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who like Kasich need a strong finish Tuesday, turned in solid performances, too. Bush's renewed confidence and willingness to take on front-runner Donald Trump and Christie's nothing-left-to-lose whacks on Rubio were equally memorable Saturday night at St. Anselm College.

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