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Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) described the late John McCain as his “hero in politics” during Monday’s senatorial debate at Purdue University Northwest in Hammond, IN. His Republican challenger is Rep. Mike Braun (R-IN) in a race described by C-SPAN as “widely considered one of the tightest contests of the 2018 midterm elections.”
Responding to a question about personal heroes, Donnelly highlighted McCain.
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“My friend, my mentor, my hero in politics, John McCain,” said Donnelly. “John McCain, who spent over five years in a Hanoi prison cell. John McCain, who fought for his nation at every turn. John McCain, who when he ran for president, his motto was “Country First,” and that’s what this should be about.”
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Throughout the debate, Donnelly framed himself as independent-minded, noting his support for a majority of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees. He denied being subservient to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). “I don’t think it’s about party,” he claimed.
“[Donnelly] takes his marching orders from Chuck Schumer,” said Braun, highlighting Donnelly’s vote against confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. In explaining his opposition to Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Donnelly described the allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh as “credible.”
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Braun’s campaign released a statement declaring victory in the debate following its completion:
Tonight, Hoosiers saw a clear contrast between career politician Joe Donnelly and job creator Mike Braun. While Mexico Joe tried to hide...
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