Indiana governor faces debate challenges over virus actions

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb took on the conservative criticism over his coronavirus pandemic orders as he faced his two reelection challengers in a televised debate.

Holcomb also faced arguments from Democratic candidate Woody Myers that he’s been too passive in the state’s recent response as Indiana’s has seen steep increases in coronavirus-related deaths and hospitalizations in the time since Holcomb last month lifted nearly all of coronavirus restrictions.

Some conservatives are angry with Holcomb’s statewide mask mandate and other executive orders, which are opposed by Libertarian Donald Rainwater. Holcomb said that his actions were needed during a public health emergency.

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