Attorney general candidates Jonathan Weinzapfel and Karen Tallian addressed the virtual Indiana Democratic Convention on Saturday, along with gubernatorial nominee Woody Myers, presidential nominee Joe Biden and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
Attorney general candidates Jonathan Weinzapfel and Karen Tallian addressed the virtual Indiana Democratic Convention on Saturday, along with gubernatorial nominee Woody Myers, presidential nominee Joe Biden and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
By BRIAN A. HOWEY

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana Democrats convened virtually Saturday afternoon, hearing from presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the gubernatorial ticket of Dr. Woody Myers and Linda Lawson.

Attorney general candidates Karen Tallian and Jonathan Weinzapfel made pitches, though the vote ended at 7 p.m. Friday and results won’t be known until the middle of next week. Democratic spokesman Phil Johnson told HPI the results will be tabulated next Wednesday and released on Thursday. The winner will seek to challenge either Republican Attorney General Curtis Hill or one of three challengers, Todd Rokita, Nate Harter or John Westercamp. They will make their pitch next Thursday, with the winner announced on July 10.

Tallian replayed a video shown on Thursday, while Weinzapfel made a new pitch. “As Hoosiers, we must be better together. We must seek justice together,” said Weinzapfel, the former two-term mayor of Evansville. “It means  we have to take care of health care of Hoosiers. It means we must reform our criminal justice system. It means we must forge greater respect for those on the front lines. I will be the attorney general who will stand up to protect your health care. I will be the attorney general who cares about women’s rights and civil rights.”

Sen. Tallian said in her video, “I will be the attorney general who will stand up to protect your health care. I will be the attorney general who cares about women’s rights and civil rights,”

Myers told delegates via Zoom that he seeks a “fair deal for Indiana workers” including “stronger labor unions.” He added, “Indiana ranks last in teacher salaries over the past decade.” Myers called for a continuation of vote by mail that drew more than 500,000 Hoosiers using that method in the June 2 primary, saying, “If Republicans have their way, we’ll be voting less, not more” while “possibly putting your health at risk.”

“Linda and I will restore trust and balance in government,” Myers said, adding, “We’re gonna need your help.”

Biden said in his video that George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis changed everything. “We need leadership right now. It’s time for us to take a hard look at the uncomfortable truth. The very soul of America is at stake,” Biden said. “The stakes have never been higher for our country. If we stand together, we are going to win the battle for the soul of this nation.”

Michigan Gov, Whitmer, a potential vice presidential nominee for the Biden ticket, said, “In Joe Biden, we have a candidate of incredible integrity. He had all our backs to expand health care under President Obama. You‘ve got to show up and you’ve got to have a record of getting things done. Joe Biden will help us rebuild the blue wall and win in November.”

Democratic National Chairman Tom Perez said in a video message, “We must address this president’s disastrous response of pandemic. Make no mistake, it was preventable. We could have saved lives and we could have saved jobs. The American people deserve a president who is competant. Joe Biden will be that man and that president. We are in a crisis right now and we need a candidate who can get us out of this crisis.”