Libertarian Donald Rainwater, Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb, and Democratic candidate Dr. Woody Myers disagreed on a host of issues during Tuesday night’s debate, including police reform, legalizing marijuana, and of course, the Coronavirus pandemic.
But the verbal sparring that took place throughout the debate between Rainwater and Gov. Holcomb was what Hoosier conservatives were discussing Wednesday morning.
In the early moments of the debate, Rainwater criticized the governor’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, stating that the governor’s decision to shut down much of the economy led to job losses and financial hardships for Indiana families and businesses.
At another point, Rainwater accused Holcomb of spending taxpayer money to go overseas to places such as China to build economic development that could better be used on matters at home.
Donald Rainwater told the Hammer and Nigel Show Wednesday he was satisfied that he’d “made the points that needed to be made.”
Rainwater: “I think we made the points that needed to be made for the citizens of Indiana, and that’s what it is supposed to be about. I think it’s very important that citizens understand what has been going on for the last four years because that’s what they’re going to be forced to deal with for another four years if they don’t make a change.”
Gov. Holcomb’s Approach to Governing The State
Rainwater acknowledged that he was frustrated by the attitude and mindset that the Holcomb administration has taken to governing the state.
Rainwater: “It’s been a pervasive part of his administration for the last four years. [Gov. Holcomb] just doesn’t seem to care about the individual citizen. He is so corporatist that individual Hoosiers just don’t seem to matter to him.
Gov. Holcomb’s ‘Next Level Jobs’ Program
Rainwater: “What the Governor is essentially saying is that they want to take people who meet certain criteria and give them free college – as long as they go where we want them to go, take the courses we want them to take, and work the jobs that we’ve brought into the state. Well, that’s pretty close to the Bernie Sanders’ ‘free college for all’ mentality.”
Lifting Lockdowns and Putting Kids Back in the Classroom
Rainwater: “I think that’s probably one of the biggest concerns that Hoosiers have going into the election, as well as how the state will deal with the economic fallout as a result of the lockdowns.
“But no matter how serious a crisis might be, the cure cannot be worse than the disease. And we cannot have a governor who decides that it’s alright to sacrifice one segment of the population to provide safety to another segment of the population.”
The Opioid Crisis
Rainwater: “In April and May of 2020, there were 112 more drug overdoses in Indiana than in April and May of 2019. So what we’ve done is say, ‘We don’t want one group of people to get sick over here, so we’re going to sacrifice a different segment of the population over there.’ That is fundamentally unAmerican.”
The Riots and Mayor Hogsett’s Refusal of Assistance from the National Guard
Rainwater: “The help isn’t there for the Mayor, it’s there for the citizens of the state of Indiana. And while I 100% agree that we need to protect peaceful protests, but the minute it becomes rioting and looting, we need to put a stop to it.
“I would have had the Indiana State Police out here as soon as I believed there was the potential for rioting and looting, and we would have put a stop to it.
“I just don’t believe that it makes any sense for a governor to allow a mayor or a county-council to have the overriding vote on whether citizens are kept safe or not from that form of violent aggression.”
The Skyrocketing Homicide Rate in Indianapolis
Rainwater: “I don’t see city officials and state officials partnering with community leaders who want to help and be a part of the solution.
“When you have community leaders who are almost begging to sit down and talk about how we can do this better and they are ignored, that’s a real problem.
“We need to be able to reach out to the community and understand what the basis is for a lot of this. A lot of it is driven by feelings of hopelessness in those communities because they don’t have the economic opportunities, their educational opportunities are limited, and so we’ve got to get back down to the idea that the government isn’t supposed to be creating these problems, it’s supposed to be resolving them.”
Click below to hear Hammer and Nigel’s full interview with Libertarian candidate for Governor Donald Rainwater.