Ohio Governor John Kasich (left) and Indiana Governor Mike Pence
(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Governor Mike Pence is defending the Hoosier state after Ohio's governor “trash talked” Indiana in a speech.
Monday night at the Hamilton County Republicans Lincoln-Raegan Day Dinner in Cincinnati, John Kasich was propping up his state as a great place to do business.
"This is not Indiana where you go to Indianapolis and then say 'Where else are we going to go? Gary?'" Kasich, the event’s keynote speaker, said.
Governor Pence had a retort Wednesday. He told the Indianapolis Star that Indiana is consistently winning the competition for fiscal responsibility and reform.
“Indiana is the best state in the Midwest to start a business, grow a business and get a job,” Pence said.
Pence suggested someone "remind the governor of Ohio that trash talk usually comes before the game."
Monday’s jab at Indiana isn’t the first from Kasich, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. He made a similar statement in a New York Times Magazine article last September:
“We have a lot of great cities,” (Kasich said). “I mean, if you think of Indiana, you’ve got Indianapolis, and then what?” He threw up his hands. “Terre Haute?”
During his 2012 State of the State speech, Kasich joked that Hoosiers are “foreigners.”