IN Brief

Holcomb set on his choice for president

By: - September 29, 2023 4:10 pm

(Images from Getty and Monroe Bush for Indiana Capital Chronicle)

Hoosier endorsements have been picking up for former President Donald Trump in the GOP presidential race lately, but Gov. Eric Holcomb is sticking with his original pick.

When asked Friday who he supports for president, his response was simple: “Mike Pence. Still. I’m a stubborn Taurus,” referring to his astrological sign.

It was Pence that appointed Holcomb his first office — he was elevated to lieutenant governor in 2016. And it was Pence’s decision to run with Donald Trump that led to Holcomb becoming the Republican nominee for governor that same year. He won that gubernatorial election, and reelection.

But other Hoosier politicos are backing the frontrunner: Trump.

U.S. Sen. Mike Braun recently endorsed Trump, and two others running for Congress in the Third District have jumped on board. Tim Smith and Marlin Stutzman, both Republicans seeking the GOP nomination, officially endorsed Trump this week.

“Not only is Donald Trump the best candidate to take back the White House, he is the clear winner of two debates in which he didn’t even participate,” Smith said Thursday. “From securing our southern border to growing our economy, President Trump is a fearless man of action.”

Stutzman also on Thursday threw his support to Trump.

“President Trump is the only candidate who will put the interests of the American people first. …We must return to the America-first policies of President Trump. If we do not win in 2024 America may be unrecognizable,” he said.


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Niki Kelly
Niki Kelly

Niki has covered the Indiana Statehouse since 1999 – including five governors. She has been honored by the Society of Professional Journalists and Hoosier State Press Association for stories on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, criminal justice issues and more. She also is a regular on Indiana Week in Review, a weekly public television rundown of news. She shifts her career to helm a staff of three and ensure Hoosiers know what’s really happening on the state level.