Candidates Attack Political Records In Gubernatorial Debate

The three candidates for governor traded jabs during the first of three gubernatorial debates taking place before the November election.

  • Mike Pence, John Gregg, Rupert Boneham

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    The three candidates for Indiana governor, Republican Mike Pence, left, Libertarian Rupert Boneham, center, and Democrat John Gregg participate in a debate in Zionsville, Ind., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012.

  • Mike Pence

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    Indiana governor candidate Republican Mike Pence speaks during a debate with Libertarian Rupert Boneham and Democrat John Gregg in Zionsville, Ind., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012.

  • Rupert Boneham

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    Indiana governor candidate Libertarian Rupert Boneham speaks during a debate with Republican Mike Pence and Democrat John Gregg in Zionsville, Ind., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012.

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    Indiana governor candidate Democrat John Gregg speaks during a debate with Republican Mike Pence and Libertarian Rupert Boneham in Zionsville, Ind., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012.

  • Mike Pence, John Gregg, Rupert Boneham

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    Photo: Michael Conroy/AP

    The three candidates for Indiana governor, Republican Mike Pence, left, Libertarian Rupert Boneham, center, and Democrat John Gregg participate in a debate in Zionsville, Ind., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012.

Gubernatorial candidates Mike Pence and John Gregg briefly launched attacks on each other’s records during Wednesday’s gubernatorial debate.

The debate featured questions from Hoosier voters on topics ranging from education, college affordability, the Affordable Care Act and the role of unions. GOP hopeful Mike Pence, Democrat John Gregg and Libertarian Rupert Boneham all repeated ideas and positions they’ve been talking about throughout the campaign.

Gregg continued his attacks on Pence’s record in Congress, including what Gregg says is Pence’s failure to support the auto industry.

“But you’re talking about a roadmap to create jobs, yet your ideology has led to Indiana to losing hundreds and thousands of jobs,” Gregg said.

Throughout the campaign, Pence has not engaged with Gregg on the Democrat’s frequent attacks.  But Wednesday, Pence struck back and says Gregg’s record on fiscal integrity does not match his rhetoric.

“For five of the six years that you led the Indiana state General Assembly, we ran deficits in the tens of millions of dollars,” he said.

Libertarian Boneham says he represents real change from the status quo, talking about reducing the size of government, greater fiscal accountability and reforming the state’s tax structure.  The three candidates will meet for two more debates in the coming weeks.

Watch the full debate below:

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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