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

Gubernatorial candidates Democrat John Gregg, left, and Republican Mike Pence 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.

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