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Gov. John Kasich happy to be a part of 1st GOP debate in Cleveland

Gov. John Kasich will participate in Thursday's debate. (Source: WOIO) Gov. John Kasich will participate in Thursday's debate. (Source: WOIO)

Governor John Kasich will participate in the first GOP debate Thursday in Cleveland.

Leading the pack of 10 candidates is Donald Trump. Other GOP candidates include former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and neurosurgeon Ben Carson.

COMPLETE 2016 REPUBLICAN PRIMARY DEBATE SCHEDULE

Hosted by Fox News Thursday's two-hour debate starts at 9 p.m.  

Other candidates taking part include:

Donald Trump
Jeb Bush 
Scott Walker
Ben Carson
Mike Huckabee
Ted Cruz
Rand Paul 
Marco Rubio 
Chris Christie 
John Kasich

Following the announcement Gov. Kasich released this statement:

Governor John Kasich issued the following state on the Cleveland debate tonight:

"It's only fitting that this phase of the Republican presidential nomination begins in Ohio—the Mother of Presidents. After all, no Republican has ever won the presidency without Ohio.  As governor, I am glad to welcome my fellow debate participants to our great state and I look forward to discussing the issues facing our country with them on Thursday.  Until then I hope everyone enjoys themselves in Cleveland; it’s a great town."

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