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Hoosier candidate touts state at GOP convention

Jackie Walorski was bragging about Indiana’s government instead of bashing President Obama at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla, on Tuesday.

Most of the 17 other congressional candidates who spoke to delegates used their time to tear into the president. They accused him of driving up federal spending, the national debt and unemployment while trampling on Americans’ constitutional rights.

Walorski, the GOP candidate in Indiana’s 2nd District, did not mention Obama. Rather, she talked about Indiana state government accomplishments she attributed to “common sense, hard work and problem solving.”

“In the Hoosier State, we proved a very simple lesson: Working together is the best way to solve our problems, and Washington can do the same,” said Walorski, a state lawmaker from Elkhart County from 2005 through 2010.

Walorski used the words “Hoosier” or “Hoosiers” six times during her remarks, which ran less than three minutes.

She is running for an open House seat against Democrat Brendan Mullen of Granger and Libertarian Joseph Ruiz.

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