Holcomb, Crouch Give Virtual Convention Speeches That Follow Familiar Pattern

Jun 19, 2020

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, left and Gov. Eric Holcomb during their first campaign together, in 2016.
Credit (FILE PHOTO: Brandon Smith/IPB News)

Gov. Eric Holcomb and Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch delivered their state Republican Party convention speeches in a very different way this year – televised, in the party’s first virtual convention due to COVID-19.

But the speeches themselves would’ve largely fit in any normal convention year.

Indiana party conventions are typically a way for the major candidates to rally their supporters leading into the general election campaign. And Holcomb’s message was just that, a recitation of previous accomplishments and a vision for the future. On the whole, though, events of recent weeks – protests and the pandemic – got relatively brief mentions.

“One Indiana for all means working together to overcome racial inequality," Holcomb said. "It means taking a long look at some of the restrictions and regulations we set aside during the pandemic to see which ones can go away permanently.”

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Crouch’s speech featured even fewer references to current events. Her focus was pitching the Holcomb-Crouch team for another four years in office.

“We must always measure our progress not by the amount of assistance we give to people but by the number of people we get off of assistance and back on their own two feet,” Crouch said.

Republicans have controlled the governor’s office for nearly 16 years.

Contact reporter Brandon at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.