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Budget Remains a Big Issue During Final Gubernatorial Debate

10/26/2012


(photos courtesy WFYI)

The three candidates for governor met in Fort Wayne Thursday night for their final debate before the November election.

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Few jabs were thrown between Republican candidate Mike Pence and Democratic candidate John Gregg, except when it came to the state's budget.  Pence questioned Gregg's work as speaker of the Indiana House.  "For five of the six years that you were running the statehouse, Indiana ran deficits.  When Mitch Daniels came into power just a couple years later on budgets that you helped to write, Indiana was $700 million in debt and had a deficit of $820 million."  

Gregg retorted by questioning Pence's fiscal policy.  "I find it almost laughable that a United States congressman would lecture anybody about fiscal responsibility.  Five times, Congressman, you voted and the results increased our deficit by $200 billion."

Libertarian candidate Rupert Boneham didn't attack his opponents but stated he would have a balanced budget in the first year.

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