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Ind. governor defends Asia trip as necessary

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Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels says his 12-day trip to China and Japan is necessary to help attract business to the state and is dismissing criticism of it from a top state legislator.

Democratic House Speaker Pat Bauer said last week it was nice that the Republican governor was going to visit jobs that had left Indiana.

Daniels told WTHR-TV of Indianapolis in an Internet interview from China that Bauer “never has understood where jobs come from” and that the state would have few jobs left if it followed the speaker’s policies.

Daniels says that Indiana has led the nation at attracting jobs from international companies and that it was important to develop relationships with business executives so that they consider Indiana.

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