Walorski, Mullen, Pence and Simpson make final push across Michiana

Candidates made their final push to the finish line all across the Hoosier state Monday.

Among the high profile races, the Indiana Governor's Office and 2nd District Congressional seat.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence visited Stevie’s Unique Treats in downtown Mishawaka around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Pence spoke to a crowd of roughly 100 about the good work Governor Mitch Daniels has done. Pence cited the balanced budget, tax cuts and education improvements, but said, "It’s time to roll up our sleeves and take Indiana to the next level."

“I'm running for governor because I love this state, and because I’ve got a plan. I've got a plan to take Indiana from good to great. I've got a plan that will hopefully build on the progress that we've made in the last eight year,” Pence exclaimed.

Across town, Democratic lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Vi Simpson paid a visit to the St. Joseph County Democratic Headquarters along S. Lafayette Blvd. in downtown South Bend. There Simpson kept her focus not on voters, but instead volunteers. After all, she said an energetic volunteer translates to an encouraged voter. And in this election, Simpson says "every vote counts."

"I hope they understand the importance of this election because is not about the individual candidates. It is not about John Gregg. It isn't about Vi Simpson. It's about what kind of future we want for Indiana, what is our vision for Indiana,” Simpson remarked.

Meantime Republican 2nd District Congressional candidate Jackie Walorski and her Democratic opponent Brendan Mullen stopped at the Elkhart Knights of Columbus.

Walorski touched on the two different paths voters can take. The state representative said there's the path of Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama, carrying high taxes and zero accountability or her path of "Taking the nation from the bottom of the barrel to the top."

“There's no other model right now to do what we've done, except using common sense, independent leadership and commonsensical voice for Hoosiers. That's exactly what I want to take to Washington, that same independent voice,” Walorski stated.

Just across the room, Brendan Mullen talked about the importance of honoring the U.S. military and stimulating the economy in a time, Mullen says, we need it most.

"I hold accountability very near and dear to me. I kept my troops safe; I continue to make my businesses grow in employing folks and making payroll. And what we need in the halls of congress is people who understand sacrifice, but also understand how to make payroll and stimulate the economy by creating jobs,” Mullen said.

Of course the 2nd District race has been vicious from the very beginning, most prominently through the advent of radio and television attack ads. For instance, Mullen got quite vocal when Walorski declined to participate in last Sunday’s WNIT televised debate. According to Mullen, both candidates have only been under the same roof five times since their respective campaigns began. But will that all matter in the end?


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