Following the ceremony, Indiana Republican Party State Chair Eric Holcomb released a statement that read, “There’s a reason why Indiana is recognized as a beacon of hope and an example of success. Our Republican leaders have brought more jobs, less debt, and lower taxes through fiscal discipline and a focus on creating the most attractive state for growth in the country.”
Democratic Party Chair Dan Parker released his own statement, assuring Hoosiers that there would be bipartisan effort on their end to work with Pence.
“We wish Governor Pence the best on his first day in office and we look forward to seeing his full legislative agenda soon,” Parker said. “We hope it will focus, as he pledged, on jobs and the economy and not on issues that will divide our state and put certain Hoosiers at a significant disadvantage.”
Still, there was a throng of peaceful protesters just down the street from where Pence was speaking, saying that they intend to keep a close eye on the administration and noting concern about women’s issues.
“We’re here to send a message that we will be paying attention to the Pence administration and we feel there are some of us that will be under attack, specifically women,” said protester Erin Polley with Central Indiana Jobs with Justice, noting Pence’s decision while in Congress to vote to defund Planned Parenthood.
But overall, the message of the day espoused by Pence and his supporters was one of a hopeful future focused on hard work, job creation, and paying special attention to education.
“Together, we will build a more prosperous future,” Pence said. “Together we will open doors of educational opportunity for all our kids. Together we will approach our third century with confidence. And Indiana will again become a torch of opportunity and hope, inspiring us and our nation.”
Editor’s note: For a complete transcript of Gov. Pence’s inauguration speech, visit the Westside Flyer website at www.flyergroup.com.