Brett Kavanaugh

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.

Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) says he has complete confidence in the "integrity and thoroughness" of the FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) says he has “deep reservations” about President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and will vote against him. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) says he has “deep reservations” about President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and will vote against him.

Charlotte Tuggle / WBAA

Activists Thursday protested the ongoing confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh as the next U.S. Supreme Court justice. They implored passersby in West Lafayette to call Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly and voice their disapproval. About a dozen people gathered to raise awareness of the policies they worry will follow Kavanaugh’s appointment.

Viviana Tsangaropoulous is a member of the Younger Women’s Task Force of Greater Lafayette.

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) says he’ll continue to review Kavanaugh’s record and watch his confirmation hearing before he decides whether to back him. (Photo courtesy of Sen. Joe Donnelly's office)
Lauren Chapman

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) met Wednesday with President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh for what the Hoosier lawmaker describes as a “wide-ranging conversation.”

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) says he hasn’t made up his mind about President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) will meet Wednesday with President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Susan B. Anthony List Indiana chair Sue Swayze Liebel leads a demonstration outside the Indianapolis office of Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.). (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Anti-abortion groups want to put pressure on U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) to vote for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. 

There’s a door-to-door campaign effort in Indiana by national anti-abortion group the Susan B. Anthony List. The group’s state chair Sue Swayze Liebel says the message is simple: Indiana is an anti-abortion state.

President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court. (Wikipedia Commons)
Brandon Smith

President Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court has many eyes turning to Indiana –  incumbent Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) is a key vote in the Senate.

Donnelly’s statement says only that he’ll carefully review Kavanaugh’s record and qualifications. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) is more direct – he praises Kavanaugh as an “originalist.”