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Gregg Attacks Pence’s Record, ‘Roadmap’ In Second Debate

The Democratic candidate questioned Mike Pence specifically on his plans to promote marriage.

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    The three candidates for Indiana governor, Democrat John Gregg, left, Republican Mike Pence, center, and Libertarian Rupert Boneham participate in a debate in South Bend, Ind., Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012.

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    Gubernatorial candidates Democrat John Gregg, left, and Republican Mike Pence participate in a debate in South Bend, Ind., Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012.

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    The three candidates for Indiana governor, Democrat John Gregg, left, Republican Mike Pence, center, and Libertarian Rupert Boneham participate in a debate in South Bend, Ind., Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012.

Indiana’s three gubernatorial candidates continued to trade jabs Wednesday in their second debate.

As in the first debate, Democrat John Gregg often referenced his record of bipartisanship as Speaker of the Indiana House. Libertarian Rupert Boneham noted he is not a career politician, but a businessman trying to bring openness to state government. Republican Mike Pence cited his Roadmap for Indiana as the way to take the state from good to great.

Gregg attacked that roadmap Wednesday, specifically Pence’s “family impact statements,” a proposal that all new state programs, rules and regulations be in line with promoting marriage. Gregg said the Republican’s proposal is insulting.

“I’m a single parent too and I take great offense that that kind of his family plan doesn’t consider me and my boys a family,” he said.

Pence answered back, saying Gregg’s attacks are unwarranted.

“I think we don’t need negative, personal attacks in a campaign for governor,” Pence said. “We want a governor that will attack the issues and not his opponents.”

Still, none of them gave any new policy details. The three candidates will meet for one final time in a debate in Fort Wayne next week.

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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