Lucy Brenton

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), center, speaks during a U.S. Senate debate against Republican Mike Braun, right, and Libertarian Lucy Brenton, left. (Photo courtesy Indiana Debate Commission, Darron Cummings/AP)
Brandon Smith

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Republican challenger Mike Braun wasted no time in going on the attack in the first debate of this year’s Senate race.

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.

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The tone of Indiana’s Senate race turned sharply negative essentially since Evan Bayh joined the campaign in July.

Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith talks to some of the candidates about that tone and explores what impact it will have as the race enters its final stretch.

If you’ve watched TV or listened to the radio in Indiana the last few months, you’ve probably heard an ad like this:  “Bailout Bayh. A sellout, not a senator.”

And this: “Congressman Todd Young will hurt our families.”