Mike Pence To GOP Convention: Job Growth Top Priority

Republican state delegates also nominated Tony Bennett and Greg Zoeller for another term in office.

Mike Pence and Sue Ellspermann

Photo: Brandon Smith

Gubernatorial hopeful Mike Pence and running mate Sue Ellspermann after accepting their party's nomination Saturday.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence says Indiana must move from reform to results and laid out his vision for the state in a speech to the state Republican convention Saturday. The platform unveiled by Pence Saturday offered more aspirations than specificity, as is common early in a campaign.

The 6th District congressman lauded the accomplishments of the Daniels administration but says there is still work to be done.

“To make Indiana the state that works, we must make job creation job one,” Pence says.

Pence promoted private sector job growth, improvement in math and science test scores and a better quality of workforce. He says in order to do that, Indiana needs to say no to Washington D.C.

“I will fight for the right of every Hoosier to run our schools, buy our healthcare, build our roads and heat our homes without the heavy hand of the liberal federal government breathing down our necks,” he says.

Pence says he will roll out more specific policy details over the next few weeks. Convention delegates also nominated Sue Ellspermann for lieutenant governor and re-nominated Tony Bennett for superintendent of public instruction and Greg Zoeller for attorney general.

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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