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INDIANAPOLIS – “Indiana deserves better” when it comes to Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN), says Vice President Mike Pence.


In a visit to Indianapolis over the weekend, Pence told 93 WIBC’s Tony Katz that he and President Trump are committed to seeing Republican candidate Mike Braun elected to the U.S. Senate.


“The people of Indiana said yes to the agenda President Trump and I campaigned on in 2016, and the Democrats and Joe Donnelly have been blocking that agenda every step of the way,” says Pence.


The Vice President pointed to Donnelly’s record in the Senate of voting against the Republican tax cuts, against repealing and replacing Obamacare and against the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.


“I really do believe Joe Donnelly let the people of Indiana down when he voted against Justice Brett Kavanaugh,” says Pence.


Although Sen. Donnelly has campaigned that he was the vote in the U.S. Senate that prevented Obamacare from being repealed and replaced, Pence says Donnelly is wrong when it comes to the notion that Republicans wanted to giet rid of protections for those with pre-existing conditions.


“When the House of Representatives passed a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, it protected Americans with pre-existing conditions.  The President and I have been clear.  We will sign, support no legislation that doesn’t cover Americans with pre-existing conditions. 


Pence also spoke to Katz about the suspected murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi with the Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey, pledging a “swift, open, transparent investigation” into his disappearance in Saudi Arabia. 


“Look, any attack against an innocent individual should be offensive to any American. But an attack on a journalist is an attack on a free and independent press. And the world deserves answers, and the United States is going to continue to demand answers until we get to the bottom of it,” Pence says.


Pence was in Indianapolis Friday night at the keynote speaker at the Indiana Republican Party Fall Dinner.  Then, Pence spoke at a campaign event Saturday morning for Republican Senate candidate Mike Braun.  Both events were at the J.W. Marriott in downtown Indianapolis.



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