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IN-Sen: Trump endorses Braun: ‘A vote for Mike Braun is a vote to … make America great again’

President Donald Trump endorses businessman and former Indiana Rep. Mike Braun (R) for Senate. Trump said that if elected, Braun would be a “truly great senator.” (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump officially endorsed businessman and former Indiana Rep. Mike Braun (R) for Senate during a Thursday night rally in Evansville, Indiana.

What did he say?

During the rally, Trump urged Indiana voters to unseat incumbent Sen. Joe Donnelly (D), despite Donnelly having voted many times with the president, including to confirm Trump’s first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.

Trump said that re-electing Donnelly was pointless because the incumbent senator is “not going to vote for us on anything.”

Calling Braun a “special guy,” Trump said that if elected, Braun would be a “truly great senator.”

Using his own campaign slogan to bolster Braun’s reputation, Trump said, “A vote for Mike Braun is a vote to — have you ever heard this one? — make America great again.”

When Braun took the stage, he pledged his allegiance to the president, and said that if he were elected, he would not be “somebody that says something when you’re in Indiana, and does something differently when you’re in D.C.”

Did Donnelly respond to Trump’s endorsement of Braun?

In a statement after the rally, Donnelly said, “We’re always happy to have President Trump in Indiana, but Hoosiers still want a senator who always puts them first before any politician or political party.”

The Senate election in Indiana on Nov. 6 is 1 of 10 “most likely to flip in 2018,” CNN reported in January.

At the time of this writing, the Cook Political Report calls the race a toss-up, as does Real Clear Politics.

Donnelly and Braun will face off in their first debate on Oct. 8. The second debate is set for Oct. 30.

You can read more about both candidates here, and you can watch the rally in the video below.



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