2018 Indiana US Senate Candidate Guide

Mike Braun (R) vs Joe Donnelly (D)

US Senate | Election | Nov 6, 2018

The Candidates

Mike Braun

Mike Braun

Republican

Joe Donnelly

Joe Donnelly

Democrat

Incumbent

The Issues

Campaign Finance

Require political ads to disclose largest funders? Support Citizens United decision, allowing unlimited political donations from corporations & unions?

Mike Braun (R)

No public statements found.

Joe Donnelly (D)

Yes. Supported DISCLOSE Act. Opposed Citizens United, concerned about “unprecedented spending by special interest groups.”

Climate Change

Consider climate change a critical threat? Limit or tax production of greenhouse gases?

Mike Braun (R)

No public statements found.

Contraception

Can employers withhold contraceptive coverage from employees if disagree with it morally?

Mike Braun (R)

No public statements found.

Courts

Supported Brett Kavanaugh nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court?

Mike Braun (R)

Yes. An “outstanding justice…who will interpret the constitution as written.”

Joe Donnelly (D)

Undecided. Will make decision after hearings.

Economy

Support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?

Joe Donnelly (D)

Yes. Supported anti-recession stimulus & supports infrastructure investment.

Support President Trump’s tariffs on Chinese steel & other products?

Support restrictions on offshoring jobs?

Environment

Support cutbacks of Environmental Protection Administration?

Mike Braun (R)

No public statements found.

Financial Regulation

Support cutbacks of Consumer Protection Bureau, created by Dodd-Frank financial reform law?

Mike Braun (R)

No public statements found.

Guns

Support more restrictive gun control legislation?

Mike Braun (R)

No. “100% pro-Second Amendment.”

Healthcare

Support or Repeal Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as Obamacare? Support Medicaid expansion?

Allow Planned Parenthood to receive public funds for non-abortion health services?

Iran

Support President Trump withdrawing from treaty limiting Iran’s nuclear capability in return for lifting economic sanctions?

Mike Braun (R)

Yes. Also supports re-imposing sanctions.

Joe Donnelly (D)

No. Concerned about resumption of nuclear development. Sees new sanctions as “a good backup plan.”

Marijuana

Legalize or decriminalize marijuana?

Mike Braun (R)

Supports medical use, framing issue in terms of “free markets & freedom of choice” for patients.

Joe Donnelly (D)

Open to medical, no for now to recreational use, though hasn’t ruled out. Backs researching marijuana to treat veterans for PTSD & pain.

Minimum Wage

Raise federal hourly minimum wage above current $7.25?

Net Neutrality

Require internet providers to provide equal access to all users?

Mike Braun (R)

No public statement found.

Joe Donnelly (D)

Yes. Voted to keep Net Neutrality.

President Trump

Response to President Trump’s actions & policies?

Privatization

Support full or partial privatization of Social Security and/or VA?

Mike Braun (R)

No public statements found.

Joe Donnelly (D)

No. Opposes any privatization.

Renewable Energy

Support government subsidies for renewable energy?

Mike Braun (R)

No public statements found.

Student Debt & Financial Aid

Refinance student loans at lower rates, paid for by increasing taxes on high earners (Elizabeth Warren proposal)?

Voting Rights

Restore voting rights protections erased by Supreme Court?

Mike Braun (R)

Unknown.

Other senate candidates include Lucy Brenton (L), & Nathan Altman (Write-in: Independent). Due to limited space, we can only include candidates polling 15% or more, but encourage you to check out their websites

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