Gubernatorial Candidates Battle on Abortion in Final Debate

By Rachel Martin

October 25, 2012 Updated Oct 25, 2012 at 11:13 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – The three candidates for Indiana Governor held their final debate Thursday night in Fort Wayne.

Thursday night, Republican Mike Pence, Democrat John Gregg and Libertarian Rupert Boneham all squared-off one last time before the November election.

Issues like education, job creation, and even whether creationism should be taught in schools were brought up. But in interviews after the debate, some candidates just couldn't get away from the topic of abortion.

Ever since U.S. Senate Republican Candidate Richard Mourdock made remarks about rape and abortion, Republican Mike Pence announced he disagreed with Mourdock and urged him to apologize.

But Thursday night, Democrat John Gregg says Pence is bluffing and has “flip-flopped his own stance on abortion.

“Yesterday he called for an apology during the day and last night he went to a fundraiser for him and encouraged people to support him,” said Gregg. “He's now for abortion for rape, and incest, and life of the mother. Although before, earlier in the year, it was just the life of the mother. If you go back to late last year—no exceptions.”

“I'm grateful that Richard Mourdock clarified his statement and apologized. And I support his candidacy for the Senate,” Pence responded. “I’m pro-life. I don’t think that’s really news to Hoosiers who have followed my career. I have consistently opposed tax payer funding of abortion except in the cases of rape and incest and the life of the mother. My record speaks for itself.”

Gregg says he has always been a pro-life Democrat and his record proves it.

“I have always supported the exceptions for rape, incest and the life of the mother,” said Gregg. “I also support Planned Parenthood’s use of tax dollars which goes for birth control and cancer screenings.”

Boneham didn’t mention his stance on abortion, but says he thinks people should focus on voting for a Governor who would lead by example.

“We need to bring more common sense back to our government; Create that leadership that we can all be proud of; Elect leaders that will lead by example,” said Boneham.

Another topic of discussion was job creation. Pence says he wants to cut business taxes by 10 percent and capitalize on Indiana’s agriculture and manufacturing background. Gregg says he’ll also make tax cuts and plans to create 97,000 Hoosier jobs. Boneham says he’ll cut all taxes down to three percent to gain more revenue and attract more jobs by eliminating tax abatements.

“If we dropped those business taxes to three percent and made everyone in the state pay that three percent, it would instantly put five percent of every business’s sales back in their pocket,” said Boneham. “That would let them have the ability to grow their business, hire new people, pay their bills and be able to put money back into our economy.”

Election Day is November 6.

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