Crouch, Holcomb Set To Run On Pence's Record

Aug 1, 2016

Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

The Indiana Republican Party’s gubernatorial ticket is now set, with Eric Holcomb and Suzanne Crouch running for governor and lieutenant governor.

Crouch is looking to make another move up the political ladder. The current State Auditor has been a county auditor, county commissioner and state representative. And she says those experiences will help inform her run for lieutenant governor.

“I understand local government,” she said today. “I’ve walked in their shoes and I know how important sound fiscal management is to the success of all of us.”

Lieutenant Governor Holcomb said Crouch brings a lot to the ticket, including excellence in both legislative and executive roles.

“Most important, there is no doubt in my mind that she can assume the duties of governor, if called upon,” he added.

The Indiana Democratic Party said the GOP has gone “all-in” on Governor Mike Pence’s record in choosing Holcomb and Crouch – two people Pence put in the offices they currently hold.

However, it’s unclear how closely the duo’s policy stances will align with Pence’s.  Holcomb did offer a few hints today. He clearly isn’t shy about running on the record of the man he hopes is his predecessor.

“I’m quite proud of where our state is right now,” he said. “I’m quite proud of it and I’ll run on this record. I’ll run on the record of the last 12 years, by the way.”

When asked about exploring more tax cuts, Crouch noted that decision rests largely with the legislature.

“I know that well, having served as Vice Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, that they will work with the governor’s office to explore ways to continue to move forward and to make it easier to keep more money in their pockets.”

When asked about her stance on protecting the LGBT community from discrimination, Crouch would only say that she will listen to her constituents and act on their wishes.