INDIANAPOLIS — The final debate before the November 6th election was held last night between candidates for U.S. Senate.
Sen. Joe Donnelly, Indiana’s lone statewide Democrat, and Republican challenger Mike Braun squared off over the abortion issue.
“If your daughter happens to be raped, Mike thinks the government has a role in the middle of that — I don’t,” Donnelly said during the debate.
Both candidates say they oppose abortion, though Donnelly has highlighted how he believes exceptions should be made in cases of rape, incest, or when the mother’s health could be at stake.
Braun skipped the traditional post-debate news conference, but on stage he did not dispute Donnelly’s charge that he opposes abortion no matter what.
The appearance was the final of two debates that were held in the contest. Libertarian Lucy Brenton also appeared on stage.
With just one week until the election, both Donnelly and Braun are locked in a tight race. While it appears unlikely that Democrats will be able to take the chamber, the contest will help determine the balance of power in the Senate.
In addition to abortion, Braun and Donnelly attacked each other over health care.
Donnelly boasts that he cast the “deciding vote” to save Obama’s signature health care law — the same wording the GOP formerly used in attack ads.
He has gone after Braun for supporting a Republican-led lawsuit aimed at eliminating the law, including coverage for those with pre-existing conditions.
Braun says that while he is for repealing the Affordable Care Act, he wouldn’t vote to do so unless there was a replacement that protected those with pre-existing conditions.