Republican Mike Pence is defending his attendance record and attacking his Democratic rival for governor, John Gregg.
During the first gubernatorial debate Wednesday night, Pence said he had a 95 percent attendance record in the U.S. House to rebut Gregg's attacks that he's missed more than 80 percent of votes.
Pence also says the state ran deficits of tens of millions of dollars during five of the six years that Gregg was speaker of the Indiana House.
Gregg said during the debate in Zionsville that Pence's conservative ideology has decimated northwest Indiana's steel industry and would have cost the state auto industry jobs.
Both Gregg and Libertarian Rupert Boneham says the state should plan for the health care changes that are sure to come, but Pence still wants them repealed.
When it comes to criminal justice reform, Boneham argues criminals should be given a better chance to return to normal life after serving their time. He says legislation needs to address the difficulties ex-cons face in returning to work and housing.
Pence agrees in some sense saying "I want Indiana to be the best place in America, after you've done your time, to get a second chance." He also says he wants the state to be "the worst place in America to committ a serious crime."
When asked why each candidate believed he was the best man for the job, Gregg cited his experiences with two Fortune 500 companies and leading a university, Boneham touted the fact that he is not a career politician ad has created jobs, and Pence said he is the man to push Indiana over the verge of an era of growth.