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Two-Faced? Vulnerable Dem Senator Touts Trump, Attacks Pence in Same Week

One sign Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) is feeling the re-election campaign heat? He's touting his ties to the Trump administration and attacking the administration at the same time.

By NTK Staff | 02.20.2018 @10:30am
Two-Faced? Vulnerable Dem Senator Touts Trump, Attacks Pence in Same Week

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) has a tough re-election campaign in front of him, as he faces scrutiny for his outsourcing hypocrisy and his vote against tax cuts.

The Indiana senator is trying to have it both ways, though, as The Indianapolis Star reported Donnelly’s campaign both touted his ties to President Trump and attacked Vice President Mike Pence in the same week.

From Maureen Groppe:

“We thought we’d gotten rid of (Pence) — but now he’s coming back (to Indiana) with plans to attack Joe,” Peter Hanscom, Donnelly’s campaign manager says in a fundraising appeal sent out Monday. “Hoosiers know better than anyone exactly how much damage Mike Pence can cause.”

The solicitation was sent the week after Donnelly’s campaign touted the fact that a nonpartisan study showed he voted with Trump more often than all but two other Senate Democrats last year.

Playing up his support for parts of Trump’s agenda while reminding Hoosier voters of some of the controversial aspects of Pence’s gubernatorial record is a little dangerous, said Andy Downs, director of the Fort Wayne-based Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics.

Perhaps Donnelly didn’t think that Indiana reporters – or his fellow Hoosiers, for that matter – would notice.

But, like his talk against outsourcing even after he profited from it, Donnelly is trying to be both a ‘resistance’-type liberal and a Lugar-style moderate.

It’s a calculated risk for Donnelly that is particularly dangerous if Hoosiers see through the political game in November.

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