INDIANAPOLIS – Organizers from the Indiana Debate Commission began accepting questions from the public yesterday for April 30’s GOP Senate primary debate, and the potential nominees have plenty to answer for. In just the last few days, multiple stories have broken about all three candidates, yet none of them have fully accounted for their roles in these reports.
After the AP reported last Tuesday that Congressman Rokita had called President Trump “vulgar” and “profane” in 2016, three more stories broke on Friday alone. The Indy Star reported Rep. Braun had written and pushed for timber legislation while at the Statehouse that resulted in substantial personal profit. The Journal Gazette revealed that the avowed “100 percent pro-life” Congressman Rokita gave thousands of dollars in campaign donations to Congressman Scott DesJarlais after it had been reported he had pressured his mistress into having an abortion. And the Cincinnati Enquirer revealed that Congressman Messer engaged in an alleged straw donor scheme to help Congressman Jim Renacci’s failed gubernatorial bid in Ohio.
While we’ve already provided a list of questions for moderators when WISH-TV began asking for questions for this Sunday’s debate, there are more basic questions about these scandals that none of the candidates have given Hoosiers answers to—and the upcoming debates provide an opportunity to get them.
Here are six more questions for the candidates: