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Indiana Republicans React to Last Night's Debate

Rokita and Pence both say Trump came away the winner

WASHINGTON, D.C.--The firs Donald Trump v. Hillary Clinton debate was a win for Trump, said Indiana's 4th District Rep. Todd Rokita, Tuesday morning. He said that he believes that what some of the national media may have thought were "gotcha moments" actually provided a chance for Hoosiers and Americans to connect with Trump.

One issue was on Trump's finances.

"In Indiana's 4th District, in Indiana itself, there are thousands of people that he connected with again last night. She bashed him for some of the bankruptcies that he's filed. There's a lot of people who have had to file for bankruptcy, who had to avail themselves of the same law that Donald Trump was talking about," said Rokita.

He said he had been to a rally called "Rokita Family Fun Day', where one Hoosier drove 100 miles to meet with a Trump surrogate.

"What we saw last night was the status quo. a change agent and everywhere I'm going around Indiana, we're ready for a change agent and that was Donald Trump last night."

On Trump's tax returns, Rokita said he doesn't believe any average people care about seeing them.

"To people in Indiana going, trying to get a paycheck and hang on to as much of that as possible, whetgher or not he produces tax returns, maybe matters to the Washington elite, maybe matters to the news media, maybe it matters to Congressmen and women. It doesn't matter to them," said Rokita.

Gov. Mike Pence, Trump's running mate, appeared on Good Morning America and said he believes Trump's message of keeping jobs in America resonated in places like Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan, where thousands of jobs have gone overseas.

"What impressed me the most about last night is that Donald Trump took command of the stage and I think the American people saw his leadership qualities and I think that's why you're going to see momentum continue to grow in this campaign."

Pence said he was disappointed with some moves by moderator Lester Holt, of NBC Nightly News.

"I was disappointed that Lester did not get into some f the issues that have been so much in the forefront of Hillary Clinton's candidacy, an FBI investigation, the Clinton Foundation pay to play, the whole disastrous events that took place in Benghazi and Libya. That never came up," said Pence.

There may be room for that in the remaining two debates.



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