Friday April 8, 2016
Lots of politics this week.
First there was a New York Times report datelined out of Elkhart that said President Obama may make a return visit here. The Times story, focused on the credit Obama does or doesn’t deserve for pulling the nation out of the Great Recession, spurred me to look further into the possibility of a fifth trip here by Obama (still up in the air).
Then U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, the local representative to the U.S. House, visited to meet with The Elkhart Truth editorial board (and me, a non-member) ahead of the May primary. We quizzed her on her thoughts on GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump, who’s shaken things up in the nation and in the Republican Party (she’s reticent to say much), and that was the focus of another story, though more will be coming from the interview. I also made a video of Walorski’s Trump comments (scroll down).
Finally, on Wednesday, Gov. Mike Pence traveled to Elkhart County, his sixth visit here since last June, to ceremonially sign a pair of bills. Why so many visits here (when he visited only two times between his inauguration in January 2013 and mid-June 2015)? That was the focus of another story.
It’s only going to get busier, I suspect, with the primary coming then the general election in November. Here are links to the stories, followed by the video of Walorski talking about the presidential race:
- New York Times: President Obama may visit Elkhart County to bolster his economic legacy, April 5, 2016
- U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski remains mum on presidential primary, but will support GOP nominee in November — no matter who it is, April 6, 2016
- Gov. Mike Pence’s flurry of Elkhart County visits: Politically motivated or a testament to vibrant economy?, April 7, 2016