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Trailing Gubernatorial Candidates Hope For Debate Boost

The first of three gubernatorial debates takes place October 10 in Zionsville.

  • Democratic Convention

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    Photo: Gretchen Frazee/WFIU-WTIU News

    Gregg says he is the only bi-partisan candidate.

  • Rupert Boneham

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    Boneham says debate brings all candidates to a level playing field.

With Indiana’s gubernatorial candidates set to square off for their first debate Wednesday, Democrat John Gregg and Libertarian Rupert Boneham say they hope it is a chance for voters to learn more about them.

Several polls in recent weeks show John Gregg significantly trailing Republican Mike Pence, often by double-digit margins. Gregg says the debates offer him a chance to reach out to a key group of voters – moderate Republicans.

“They’ll find out that I am the only candidate that’s had a record in Indiana and a record of bipartisan leadership.  Nobody else can even say the word ‘bipartisan’ and be truthful,” Gregg says.

Gregg says his record of job creation is an issue he will focus on. Pence’s campaign refused to comment, but Pence has said his plan for job creation includes cutting personal income taxes, freezing new business regulations and reforming the state’s tax structure.

Libertarian Rupert Boneham says, when it comes to the debates, he is just happy to be invited.

“No matter how much money we have collected, no matter how much campaigning or advertising we have purchased, we are all on an equal and level playing field,” Boneham says.

Wednesday’s debate in Zionsville, just north of Indianapolis, is the first of three between the gubernatorial hopefuls.

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