The Trump Factor in Indiana: Will He Help or Hurt GOP Efforts to Take a Senate Seat from Dems?
- [Amber} It's a tale oftwo candidates sounding
like they're from the same party.
- Together we'll build the wall.
- [Amber] Or At Least FollowingPresidential Footsteps.
- I support ICE and fundingPresident Trump's border wall.
- But hold on, one is a Democrat.
So, what gives?
It's like not matterwhere you go these days,
the Trump Administration is on the ballot.
Indiana Senate candidate,Mike Braun says for him,
that's a good thing.
The businessman is bankingthat Trump's appeal
to conservative Hoosiersand his similar plea
to blue collar workerscould be enough to carry him
to victory against incumbent,Democrat Joe Donnelly.
- The system needed tobe shaken a little bit
and I think that's whyDonal Trump was elected.
- [Amber] Braun tellsCBN News his experience
tackling issues like healthcarewithin his own company
surprises some voters.
- Then they got surprisedthat I was actually
a business guy that took on healthcare
which is by far, I thinkit's the biggest issue
across the country.
- [Amber] But Indiana is a big state
and not everyone is ready towelcome a Trump-like candidate.
According to an IndianapolisBusiness Journal poll
the two candidates arepolling neck and neck.
But taking a deeper look,Braun has gained ground
since the Kavenaugh confirmations
but Donnelly dominates with two groups,
young people and women.
Donnelly talks aboutbeing one of only a few
pro-life Democrats on the Hill.
He voted in favor of Neil Gorsuch
but against Bret Kavenaugh.
- I voted against JudgeKavenaugh because of concerns
about his impartiality and concerns
about his judicial temperament.
- [Amber] That decisioncould make the difference
for this candidate bykeeping the Democrat vote
and wooing modernsuburban women who aren't
so happy with the president.
- In a midterm, they can'tvote against the president
'cause he's not on the ballot
so they're taking it out onsome Republican candidates.
But that's just onceslice of the electorate.
The dirty secret about closeraces is that everyone matters.
- [Amber] And he's right.
A Republican source inIndiana tells CBN News
that same decision tovote against Kavenaugh
re-energized conservativesto get out the vote
and push for judges and the Supreme Court.
- I know in our own statethat has really galvanized
a lot of folks that mayhave been kind of resting
on the laurels of the Trump campaign.
- While his campaign admay sound similar to Trump,
Donnelly says, unlikemost of his colleagues
here in Washington, hehas the ability to work
with the President and against him.
- 62 percent of the time I've voted,
I've voted with President Trump.
Mike was for JudgeKavenaugh on the first day.
If President Trump put up Bugs Bunny,
Mike would've said, heshould go on the Court.
- [Amber] CBN News requested an interview
with Senator Donnelly, but his office
said he was unavailable.
Braun says Donnelly'smoderate talk is all a facade.
- All of this is beingdone in an election year.
And I go back to thethings I remind Hoosiers of
is that he voted againsttax reform, he voted for
Obamacare originally as a Congressman,
he voted against its repeal.
- [Amber] The Jasper, Indiana native says
like most people where he comes from,
what you see is what you get,
even down to his blue button down.
- I decided not to put onthe suit coat and the tie
that evening, because I'dnever worn one in 37 years.
Anybody from where I grew up and came from
would've said, Mike lookslike he's different.
- [Amber] Time will tell which message
clicks with Hoosiers.
Election Day is right around the corner.
Amber Strong, CBN News.