Indiana U.S. Senate Candidates Set For First Debate

Oct 8, 2018

The candidates in Indiana’s hotly-contested U.S. Senate race will meet tonight in the first of two debates. Here's a little on what to expect from the meeting between incumbent Democrat U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Republican Mike Braun, and Libertarian Lucy Brenton.

It’s likely the issues that have defined the race will define the debate. They include health care – Donnelly is an ardent supporter of the Affordable Care Act. And he attacks Braun for backing a lawsuit to dismantle the law and its pre-existing conditions protections. Braun banks on Obamacare’s unpopularity in the Hoosier State and says he’d bring the health care solutions he used in his own company to the national level.

The candidates will also likely tussle over trade, tariffs, and outsourcing. And expect the recent vote on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh to come up.

This is the second consecutive Senate race for Libertarian Lucy Brenton. She ran in 2016 and garnered 5.5 percent of the vote. In a race expected to be tight through Election Day, her influence could help tip the scales.