Kasich uses debate as opportunity to irritate voters

strong>MILWAUKEE — Some debates produce clear winners. The Republican showdown here Tuesday night didn't do that; several candidates did well, or at least pretty well.

Some debates produce clear losers, and on that the Milwaukee Theatre faceoff delivered, with John Kasich the consensus choice for worst performance.

How to measure the extent of Kasich's loss? First, look inside the theater. The Ohio governor received the loudest boos of the night — from a Republican crowd, of course — during an exchange with Ted Cruz over bank bailouts. When the discussion turned to small banks, Kasich portrayed himself as a pragmatic, problem-solving executive to Cruz's ideologue.

"What would you do if the bank was failing?" Cruz asked.

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