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Thompson, Oxley visit Brazil, talk politics

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jill Long Thompson and running mate Dennie Oxley visited Brazil Tuesday. Jason Moon Photo.
With all the fairs Jill Long Thompson was going to be seeing over the next few days, no one could blame her for wanting a deep-fried Snickers Candy Bar.

But on her way to the Vigo County Fair Tuesday, the Indiana gubernatorial candidate stopped in Brazil to talk politics.

Thompson and her running mate, Dennis Oxley, paid a visit to the Owen County Fair prior to their visit to Brazil.

They said their "Hoosier Hometown Tour" was a chance for the two of them to bring their campaign closer to Hoosiers.

"We think too many people are being left out," Thompson said. "We believe every county, every community and every individual matters.

"Dennie and I both come from rural counties. We feel very strongly that job growth has to be a 92-county strategy. Small towns have been left out by (Gov. Mitch Daniels)."

Both Thompson and Oxley said the tour has given them the opportunity to discuss several hot topics with Hoosiers.

Thompson believes the state's tax structure needed reform and not "tinkered with." In addition, she said healthcare costs must be reduced and the rate of high school dropouts statewide needed to be addressed.

Oxley added that, if elected, the two of them planned on working with both Republicans and Democrats on a state level.

"The people of Indiana want the economy to get better," Oxley said. "Hoosiers realize that the economy is not good, regardless of what the current Governor is telling them."

Thompson added since they've been touring the state, voters have expressed "frustration" over current policies.

"It's not just with the policies, but with (Daniels') style," she said. "He thinks he has all the answers."

Since touring the state, Thompson has had an opportunity to see many areas that were ravaged by flooding in early June.

But she said she and her running mate have made a point of listening to Hoosiers while on the road.

"Politicians should never politicize natural disasters," she said, "and we've been very careful not to do that. We're as committed to listening as we are to talking about our policies."

Both Thompson and Oxley feel their chances are good heading into November.

"We're a different kind of team that is running," Thompson said. "I have a very practical background. We really bring to the table a different kind of leadership. We have the same values as families all across the state. We're very optimistic."

"We're planning on winning," Oxley said.

"The response has been positive for both of us," Thompson continued. "People are hungry for change, and for fried Snickers Bars."

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"We think too many people are being left out," Thompson said. "We believe every county, every community and every individual matters.

... then why didn't I know they were coming?

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Wed, Jul 9, 2008, at 1:59 PM

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