Democrats talk politics at Jefferson-Jackson Day celebration

By: Erin Logan Email
By: Erin Logan Email

It's a phrase we've been hearing over and over, "All eyes are on Indiana" as we play a crucial role in determining who will be the democratic nominee in a historic Presidential primary.

Tonight, Hoosier Democrats came together to enjoy the excitement at the annual Jefferson-Jackson Day Celebration in Laporte County.

They certainly agreed the country needs a democratic leader yet, there was of course some disagreement over who the best democratic leader will be.

All differences aside, over food, drinks, and conversation at the Blue Chip Casino, democrats just embraced the fact that Indiana will make a difference.

There was a hug to show two long time friends and colleagues believe in each other and the Democratic Party but, what they don't believe in is who will be the best democratic leader for our country.

Former Congressman Tim Roemer has been all over the country campaigning for Barak Obama and former House Majority Leader, Dick Gephardt is hoping Tuesday will clarify his own choice is the right one.

Gephardt says, “I hope they pick Hillary Clinton.”

He says after 13 years a house leader and as a presidential candidate himself, he knows how tough the position of President can be and will be in the years ahead.

Gephardt says, “We’re at war with two countries, big job problems all over the country and here in Indiana, health care access, energy and the environment.”

In the midst of Presidential primary talk there was Gubernatorial talk.

Democratic candidates Jim Schellinger and Jill Long Thompson also came out to talk politics.

Long Thompson says, “With all of the attention in the state on the Presidential primary that means less attention on the Gubernatorial race but in many ways it's helped my campaign because I have more name recognition than my opponent.”

Schellinger says, “Contrary to what people think, this race is getting a lot of attention in the grass roots. Average Hoosiers out and about in the state know the Governor's race is important.”

While they both agree voters will be out Tuesday and that they are the best democrat to lead Indiana, do they agree on who will be the best Presidential candidate? They both smiled as they left it a mystery.

Schellinger says, “I'll give you the exclusive, I'm going to vote to support the Democratic party.”

LongThompson says, “I have made my decision but, I'm probably not going to tell you because you would tell someone.”

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