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Vulnerable Senate Dem Goes From Avoiding “The Wall” to Embracing It

"I'm fine with providing him some more. I actually voted for border wall funding three different times."

By NTK Staff | 08.08.2018 @10:00am
Vulnerable Senate Dem Goes From Avoiding “The Wall” to Embracing It

What a difference a tough reelection fight makes.

This week, Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) fully embraced President Trump’s desired border wall with Mexico, telling Politico, “I’m fine with providing [Trump] some more [money]. I actually voted for border wall funding three different times.”

The moderate Democrat says he does “not want under any circumstances” a shutdown. So he said Congress should “absolutely” provide the president with a larger amount of border wall funding this fall in order to avoid one.

Donnelly’s GOP opponent, businessman Mike Braun, warned that “[m]y gut would tell me [Donnelly] wasn’t saying that nine, 10 months ago.”

Braun is right.

Eleven months ago, USA Today reached out to everyone on Capitol Hill, asking about just $1.6 billion in border wall funding. Donnelly said:

“We need a border security strategy that includes the infrastructure, technology, equipment, and personnel necessary to secure our borders,” Donnelly said. “We also need to require employers to use the E-Verify system to ensure that they hire only legal workers. I supported each of these concepts in the Senate-passed comprehensive, bipartisan immigration reform several years ago.

Note: no mention of the border wall.

But Donnelly is now in a tough reelection fight. It’s difficult to tell whether his support for a border wall is genuine, or if he’s just trying to win another six years in the U.S. Senate this November.

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