|Congressman Andre Carson|
Carson was up first, and he got the rally kicked off right with a rousing speech that contrasted the Republican agenda with the Democratic agenda. Carson's message was that turning Indiana blue again is something that will make government work for middle class Hoosiers and working families.
Gregg's biggest applause line from the entire speech was about his position on abortion and how that relates to the defunding of Planned Parenthood. That's something that Pence favors, but it's something Gregg opposes even though he is pro-life. Gregg said the question isn't about being pro-life or pro-choice, but he said that it is about the right of women to have affordable preventative care to prevent disease.
|Congressman Joe Donnelly|
His rhetoric took aim at the extremism of Richard Mourdock. He quoted the Washington Post saying that columnist Dana Milbank called Mourdock "dangerous for America" and brought up the point that Mourdock said his idea of bipartisanship was that the Democrats come over to the Republican point of view. "That's not going to happen in Congress," said Donnelly.
|Fired Up Hoosiers|
After speaking, Carson and Donnelly stuck around for pictures and to speak with voters. I talked to Donnelly briefly about his position on marriage equality. He made it clear to me that he would not support same sex marriage. Donnelly told me, "I can't go there." He did say that he was open to looking at other avenues for same sex people to be joined in some sort of union.
It was a strong event and a solid kickoff for the General Election campaign in 2012.