Businessman Beats GOP Lawmakers in Indiana Primary

Casey Dawson
May 12, 2018

Indiana Republican Party Chairman Kyle Hupfer has declared Mike Braun the victor of the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate.

But from the beginning of his speech, and peppered throughout, Trump hailed his recent foreign policy accomplishments, including securing the release of three American prisoners from North Korea, and railed against the Iran nuclear agreement, which he opted to exit earlier this week.

While he says the crowd was disappointed with the outcome on Tuesday night, there was a huge roar when Messer came in with his family by his side.

Braun acknowledges the race turned "intense" and "harsh", but says it was necessary to differentiate among three conservative candidates. "But you have to have that, because you don't know".

Braun will face first-term Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly is running unopposed. Before his 2012 election, the senator represented a House district that included Elkhart. "Oh my gosh, I'm a total Trump supporter, have been since day one", Dee Bontrager, of Elkhart, said. Todd Rokita (R-IN) and Luke Messer (R-IN), who spent most of the a year ago making vicious personal attacks on one another.

Rokita and Messer have a decades-long rivalry that goes back to the fact they graduated from the same college, Wabash College, back in the 1990s.

Trump takes the stage. "We've worked together on veterans issues".

"Mike Braun raises taxes like a Democrat so it's not a surprise he votes for Democrats, too", a Rokita spokesperson said of the report. Similarly, he said lawmakers should not get special health care plans.

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Donnelly, a former House member from Granger, is considered one of the most moderate Democrats in the Senate.

Donnelly responded in a statement that Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were there "for politics" and included statistics on his own voting record, saying he had voted with Trump 62% of the time and had 41 proposals become law since 2013. "You don't work for the president, you don't work for a party - you work for the people of IN". "I wish he'd work on that a little harder, but the NRA is a pretty big operation".

Protester Richard Wolf, of Elkhart, held a sign indicating the President is similar to former Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. Obama returned to the town, a hub of recreational vehicle manufacturing, in 2016. "3.3 million new jobs since the election".

That Trump's election, along with Republican control of Congress, did not fully satisfy voter frustration remains a defining feature of the party. "I think if we had eight or 12 of us in the Senate who came from my business background, you'd see a lot of different things in government". "It can also disappear if you put fools and you put the wrong people in".

"I hope to be able to make a deal with them, a good deal, a fair deal, a good deal for them, better for them, better for them", he said.

Trump repeatedly brought up a legal settlement the USA had made with Iran during the Obama administration and claimed the money was in exchange for U.S. hostages.

Hours after Trump announced the release of three Americans held captive in North Korean and a planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, speakers blasted Queen's "We are the Champions", inside a packed middle school gymnasium in this northern in town. "Maybe we'll give that a shot someday", Trump joked.

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