Although their first “official” debate isn’t until Tuesday, the three candidates for Governor took to the stage in downtown Indianapolis Sunday afternoon to explain why their visions are the best for the African Americans as well as the rest of the Hoosier State.
Republican Eric Holcomb, Democrat John Gregg and Libertarian Rex Bell appeared together at the Marion County Central Library for a forum hosted by the Indianapolis Recorder and Radio One.
Gregg said his policies would help African-Americans by being inclusive and acknowledging that the country has a race problem.
Holcomb pointed to school choice expansion under Governors Mitch Daniels and Mike Pence, as well as job creation.
Bell said the Libertarian philosophy of less government and lower taxes would benefit all Hoosiers, regardless of race.
Regarding recent controversies involving some police action shootings of unarmed African-Americans, all the candidates said they supported body cams, but cautioned there needed to be a coherent policy for their use.
They also agreed that too many African-American K-12 students were subject to harsher discipline more often than their white counterparts.
You can hear them in the Leon-Tailored Audio above. The debate is divided into several segments.
The candidates are slated to appear Tuesday morning at Lawrence North High School for the first of three official debates.