INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 17, 2016) - Gov. Mike Pence's likely 2016 opponent is blasting his stance on LGBT rights.
“This whole issue is of Mike Pence’s creation,” said Democrat John Gregg, who appeared for an interview on this week's edition of IN Focus. “There have been many communities in Indiana that have had civil rights statutes that include LGBT and we’ve not seen this conflict and all of this stuff that people are talking about.”
The Governor would not comment Wednesday when asked if he would support any form of expanded civil rights, but in his speech Tuesday he said he would "not support any bill that diminishes religious freedom."
"Our position's been clear from the beginning," said Gregg. "The governor's position lacked clarity. Our position is it's time to add four words and a comma to our civil rights statute in Indiana. The governor had an opportunity to lead and take a position, and didn't, but I'm not really surprised."
In the video above, Gregg is also asked about the campaign for governor, after state Republican chairman Jeff Cardwell issued the following statement critical of Gregg's positions:
"John Gregg’s rambling response to Governor Pence’s State of the State address was long on slogans and short on substance. Once again, he offered no plans, no ideas, and nothing to improve the lives of Hoosiers. After being in hiding for months, John Gregg still can’t bring himself to defend Hoosiers from President Obama’s ridiculous claim that Indiana is responsible for Chicago’s crime problem. Even though he lobbied for a coal company, John Gregg still won’t stand up for Hoosier coal jobs against President Obama’s EPA overreach. He has no plan on infrastructure, no plan to create jobs, and no plan to grow the Indiana economy. What he does have, however, is hundreds of thousands of dollars in Big Union money from Washington, D.C.
Governor Pence’s record on the issues most important to Hoosiers speaks for itself: more people working today than at any other time in our state’s history; over 130,000 private sector jobs created; billions devoted to infrastructure improvements; and unprecedented investments in K-12 education. If you want to keep Indiana moving forward, vote for Mike Pence; if you want Indiana to become Illinois, then vote for John Gregg.”
"I've been very visible," Gregg responded. "These examples they use are national issues, that's part of the Governor's problem. He's never seen a microphone he didn't like. He loves to run up and comment on national issues. I'm running for governor of Indiana, I'm here to talk about jobs, education and infrastructure. He wants to comment on every national issue."