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Indiana Attorney General Candidates Visit Evansville and Tell Why They Should Have Your Support

Todd Rokita (R) and Jonathon Weinzapfel visited the River City today to attempt to gain a few extra voters as early voting begins in the Hoosier state.

Posted: Oct 6, 2020 7:15 PM

On Tuesday, the two candidates running for attorney general in the Hoosier state visited Evansville

44News spoke with both of them to hear what their plans are if they are elected

Todd Rokita - (R) Nominee for indiana attorney general

“That’s why I’m so proud to be here today to receive the endorsement of the FOP (Fraternal Order of Police)," said Republican nominee for Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita. "It’s critical that we stand behind our law enforcement. It’s critical that we defend... defend, not defund our police.”

This nominee from the Evansville fraternity of police comes from the hometown of the democratic nominee, Johnathon Weinzapfel.

Weinzapfel stopped in the River City today to speak to voters that decided to get out have their voice heard on the first day of early voting in Indiana.

And Weinzapfel said he isn’t worried.

He’s confident that he has the experience necessary to support Indiana police officers, despite not getting a hometown endorsement.

“Well, nothing really," said Weinzapfel. "I’m the only one in this race that has actually run a police department. I’ve received the endorsement of the local FOP time and time again when I’ve run my campaign. I think the idea of defunding the police is complete non-sense. In fact, I would suggest that we, actually, need to increase funding for law enforcement.“

Back at Rokita’s endorsement, he told people that he and the current republican attorney general for the state of Indiana, Curtis Hill, are similar and he gave attendees an insight on what he views as. the most important issues he’ll be tackling if nominated.

“You can expect me to be for law and order, as is the subject of this press conference here today," siad Rokita. "You can expect me to defend your second amendment rights. I am 100 percent pro-life. I believe in the sanctity of life without exception, so those are the kinds of things you can expect from me as attorney general.”

There is no incumbent in this years attorney general race in the Hoosier state, because Hill has been embroiled in a groping scandal that had governor Holcomb calling for his resignation.

And Weinzapfel drew a sharp comparison between himself, the current attorney general, and his republican opponent when it came to the matter of healthcare and the affordable care act.

“The first thing I’ll do is pull Indiana out of Curtis hills lawsuit to find the ACA unconstitutional, and my opponent has voted more than 50 times to kill the ACA as a member of Congress, and this has huge implications for Hoosiers, so there are 2.7 million Hoosiers with some type of pre-existing health condition like diabetes, high blood pressure, or a positive test for coronavirus, so if Todd Rokita has his way, these folks are going to find it very difficult to find insurance or be charged exorbitant rates in order to squirts it," said Weinzapfel.

And Monday was the first day for Hoosiers to cast an early in-person vote for either of these two candidates, but if you missed out, you can cast your vote from now until October 8th at the Old National Events Plaza anytime from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Temperatures dipped back into the upper 30s and low 40s for many of us early this morning, marking our coldest start to a day in Evansville (where we fell to 41°) in more than a week. Fortunately, the chilly start to the day didn't mean that our afternoon would be a loss, it was anything but - in fact, after seeing temperature around 57° by our lunch hour, afternoon highs crept back into the mid to low 60s area-wide; we hit 63° in the River City - while that's still 2° shy of the norm for October 27th, we'll take a 3° increase over yesterday's high of 60°. The clear skies that allowed temperatures to climb as high as they did earlier on however, are on their way out as our next round of rainfall inches ever closer. The remainder of the evening ahead should remain dry, but isolated rainfall will return to the Tri-State as early as the overnight and predawn hours Thursday.
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