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Holcomb and Gregg bring campaigns for governor to southern Indiana

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FRENCH LICK, Ind. (WDRB) -- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence dropped of his campaign for re-election to run for vice president.

But Gov. Pence's record was still an issue for the men running to replace him, as the campaign for governor came into southern Indiana.

Republican Eric Holcomb and Democrat John Gregg spoke separately at the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns convention in French Lick on Thursday.

Holcomb, the current Lt. Governor, was selected by the state party to replace Pence after he became Donald Trump’s running mate.

Holcomb says he'll continue Pence's economic policies.

“We’re pointed in the right direction. We’re number one in the Midwest on all the important factors," Holcomb said. "We’re top five in the country, and the future is bright."

Gregg, a former Speaker of the House, lost to Pence four years ago.

He agrees more Hoosiers are working, but he says the state needs to attract higher paying jobs.

“Hoosiers are working harder and harder and making less," Gregg said. "It doesn’t matter that we’ve got a low unemployment rate. More people are working two jobs than ever before. So, if you want status quo, he’s your guy."

Both hit similar themes on education, infrastructure and addressing the drug epidemic, and both lay claim to southern Indiana.

“I spent a lot of time in southern Indiana, myself. I actually lived in Vincennes, Indiana,” Holcomb said.

“I'm a native of southern Indiana," Gregg said. "I’m very proud of that."

But one big area of disagreement is social issues.  

Gregg supports LGBT rights.

“He's burying his head in the sand. It is an issue, and we need to grant civil rights protections to members of the LGBT community,” Gregg said.

Holcomb is a social conservative, but when asked about gay rights, he would not directly address the issue that caused so much controversy for Pence last year.

“Hoosiers are looking toward the future. We’re looking at the big windshield, not squinting in that rear-view mirror trying to go back to a year in the past,” Holcomb said.

The third and final debate will be held in Evansville in southwestern Indiana on Oct. 25. The theme will be public health and social issues.

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