Libertarian governor candidate visits NWI

2012-09-07T17:21:00Z 2012-09-08T23:48:04Z Libertarian governor candidate visits NWIChas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com
September 07, 2012 5:21 pm  • 

MUNSTER | It didn't take long for Libertarian governor candidate Rupert Boneham to get noticed Friday afternoon during a visit to The Charley Horse in Munster.

A woman quickly approached the former "Survivor" contestant shortly after he walked in the restaurant.

"Oh, it's the real Rupert," she said, "I'm so excited."

Boneham signed an autograph for her and asked if he had her support in the upcoming election.

"Absolutely," she quickly responded.

Boneham vowed to "always put Indiana first" if he becomes governor.

Education is an area in which he would like to see change in Indiana.

He wants schools to offer more classes teaching job and life skills to prepare students for employment.

Boneham also is opposed to the ISTEP standardized test.

He said schools spend weeks preparing students for a multiple choice portion of the test, but that time could be better spent teaching problem solving and other skills.

Boneham admits his campaign contributions pale in comparison to Democrat John Gregg and Republican Mike Pence, but he's fine with that.

He said he wants to "earn" the governor position and not "buy it."

Boneham said he enjoys visiting Northwest Indiana, and he described the area as "beautiful."

"I love it around here," he said.

Boneham also sprinkled comedy into discussions about and his campaign.

When asked what he wants voters to know about him, he said "the joke is -- my last name."

Boneham said many people know him as "Rupert from 'Survivor,'" but that's not how his name will be printed on ballots.

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