FILE - This combination of Oct. 8, 2018, file photos show Indiana U.S. Senate candidates, Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly, left, and former Republican state Rep. Mike Braun during a debate in Westville, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

Democratic senator's rhetoric in Indiana bid resembles Trump

October 27, 2018 - 11:43 am

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly regularly channels President Donald Trump on the campaign trail by bashing socialists, ridiculing the "radical left" and calling for a border wall with Mexico.

Donnelly is among a handful of red-state Senate Democrats who are desperately trying to distance themselves from an ascendant left-wing of the party that is fueled by opposition to Trump.

His Republican rival, businessman Mike Braun, says Donnelly talks a good game but is only masquerading as a conservative. He points out Donnelly voted against repealing the Affordable Care Act and against the GOP tax cut.

Donnelly says he's just trying to play it down the "Hoosier common-sense middle."

The midterm election is on Nov. 6.