Indiana Senate candidates work for your vote in final debate

If you missed Tuesday's Indiana Senate candidate debate, you can find the headlines and watch it here.

Posted: Oct 30, 2018 9:55 PM
Updated: Oct 31, 2018 7:29 AM

INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) -- Indiana’s U.S Senate candidates took every chance they could to deter Hoosier voters from their opponent Tuesday night in the final debate before Election Day.

Within the first few seconds of opening statements at Newfields in Indianapolis, Republican Mike Braun and Incumbent Democrat Joe Donnelly took jabs at each other. Many of them voters have been heard before on TV ads. Multiple times, Senator Donnelly made sure to point out Mike Braun supports a lawsuit that takes away pre-existing conditions, among others. 

"If you have asthma or if your child has asthma and your in Cass County and you're headed to Logansport Schools, Mike Braun supports the legislation that would have taken the health care pre-existing conditions away," said Donnelly.

Challenger Mike Braun declined his post debate interview with the media. During the debate, he pointed out, once again that he believes Chuck Schumer was running Donnelly's campaign, and the Senator supports what he calls the “Un-Affordable Care Act.”

Libertarian Lucy Brenton said she intends to spoil this election and the two party strangle-hold on the country. Polls show her getting 7 to 8 percent of the vote right now.

”I intend to spoil this election," said Brenton. "Something doesn’t spoil unless it’s rotten. The two-party system that has had a strangle hold on our country is rotten. It's up to us as people, as voters ,to demand all of our freedoms all the time. I’m the first loser. The second loser will miss the mark on what Hoosiers want.”

Sen. Donnelly accused Braun of opposing abortion even in cases of rape, incest or medical emergency. Braun did not dispute the charge, but he did strike back by accusing Donnelly of not having an anti-abortion voting record. Both candidates said they oppose abortion, though Donnelly said it's a decision the government should have no role in.

"We need to see them speak for themselves, other than these horrible ads that keep running," said  Donnelly supporter Cindy Hohman.

Braun's wife Maureen has been by his side as they've traveled the state and says, he's the man that Washington needs.

"I'm in full support of my husband Mike," said Maureen. "He would just be the best person for this job because he is a hard-working, intelligent man and he has a lot of experience with his business background."

The candidates danced around many of the questions, but they were prepared for the final question, What is your number one priority if elected. Joe Donnelly said to end the opioid crisis. Braun said to lower cost of health care and Lucy Brenton said to reduce the size of the federal government.

You can weigh-in on who you think won tonight’s debate on the WLFI twitter page.

You can also watch the full debate below: 

President Trump announced he will campaign for Braun in Indiana twice in the coming week. The first will be at Southport High School Friday. The second is scheduled in Ft Wayne Monday, just hours before voters take to the polls. When Sen. Donnelly was asked if any "big names" were coming to the Hoosier State for him, he said “I’d keep my ears open.”

Live tweets from the debate questions are below:

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