John Gregg vows to put pragmatism over ideology if elected new governor of Indiana

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By: Brian Slodysko/Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Democratic candidate for governor John Gregg says his administration would be guided by pragmatism, competence and inclusion — not “divisive” issues that hurt Indiana’s reputation and economy.

Gregg made the remarks Thursday while speaking at a luncheon after keeping a low profile in recent months. His remarks were a reference to the ongoing debate over whether the state should adopt civil rights protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The issue has divided Indiana since a national uproar last year over a religious objections law backed by Gov. Mike Pence that critics said would sanction discrimination against gay people.

Pence also spoke at the event, focusing on his stewardship of Indiana’s improving economy, the state’s expanded health care law and an increase in good paying manufacturing jobs.