Indiana Republican

J.D. Gray

President Barack Obama is shining a spotlight on Elkhart, Indiana – the first city he visited as president – calling it a symbol of America’s economic recovery.

Obama returned Wednesday with a message defends his legacy while laying the groundwork for a Democratic victory this fall.

When the president visited in 2009, unemployment was nearly 20 percent in the community that heavily relies on manufacturing and the recreational vehicle industry,

Seven years later, that rate is now below four percent. 

Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence says Indiana must move from reform to results and laid out his vision for the state in a speech to the state Republican convention Saturday. 

The platform unveiled by Pence offered more aspirations than specifics, as is common early in a campaign.  The 6th District congressman lauded the accomplishments of the Daniels administration but says there is still work to be done.

Darron Cummings, The Associated Press / Courtesy Indiana Debate Commission

U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock says there was no knockout punch delivered in the debate between he and incumbent Dick Lugar Wednesday.  But Lugar says the debate – the only one between the Republican candidates – is the turning point of the campaign.

The debate featured questions on jobs and the economy, foreign affairs, entitlements and even the definition of conservative.  The two found themselves in almost total agreement much of the time.