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Sixth District Congressman Mike Pence officially kicked off his campaign for governor Saturday in his hometown, Columbus. Pence said his campaign will emphasize jobs, education, public safety and families. He’ll be visiting farms and businesses around the state, seeking job-creation ideas to weave into his platform.
Democrats are already branding Pence a Washington politician, but Pence counters that it’s that very experience that has prepared him for the job.
“Washington, D.C.,” he said “has been digging deeper and deeper into the province of state governments. I would hope that my experience in Washington, just as Governor Daniels’ experience in Washington, would make me better equipped to put Indiana first.”
Pence said his record shows he’s been willing to buck the party line.
“People,” he said, “who know my record know that I’ve been willing to challenge the leadership of my own party in Washington, D.C., where they ran afoul of our commitment to fiscal discipline and commonsense conservative values.”
Pence is facing former Hamilton County Councilman Jim Wallace for the Republican nomination. Former House speaker John Gregg is seeking the Democratic nod.