Key red state democrat sides with Trump on border wall funding

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One of the most vulnerable Democratic senators said he supports giving President Donald Trump billions of dollars for his border wall — a sharp break from the rest of the party planning to spurn Trump's wall in spending negotiations this fall.

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), who is facing a new round of ads criticizing his position on immigration this week, said that Trump should get much more than the $1.6 billion the Senate Appropriations Committee has been preparing to send him. Trump has repeatedly threatened to shut the government down either before or after the election without a significant infusion of money to fulfill his signature campaign promise, often telling lawmakers he wants $5 billion in the September spending bill.

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 to avoid one.

But as Trump makes a potential pre-midterm stand on the wall, Donnelly's opponent, GOP nominee Mike Braun, accused Donnelly of having an election-year epiphany in supporting more border money as part of the spending bill. Donnelly’s position could change the debate in Washington, where GOP leaders are shying away from a confrontation over the border wall ahead of the November elections.

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/08/08/indiana-donnelly-trump-border-wall-senate-766343
 
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They know is they don't side with Trump they will be voted out.

Despite all this talk from the fake news MSM about this imaginary blue wave, it doesn't exist.

Back in reality, it's get on board with the Trump agenda, or get voted out my your constituents.
 
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One of the most vulnerable Democratic senators said he supports giving President Donald Trump billions of dollars for his border wall — a sharp break from the rest of the party planning to spurn Trump's wall in spending negotiations this fall.

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), who is facing a new round of ads criticizing his position on immigration this week, said that Trump should get much more than the $1.6 billion the Senate Appropriations Committee has been preparing to send him. Trump has repeatedly threatened to shut the government down either before or after the election without a significant infusion of money to fulfill his signature campaign promise, often telling lawmakers he wants $5 billion in the September spending bill.

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 to avoid one.

But as Trump makes a potential pre-midterm stand on the wall, Donnelly's opponent, GOP nominee Mike Braun, accused Donnelly of having an election-year epiphany in supporting more border money as part of the spending bill. Donnelly’s position could change the debate in Washington, where GOP leaders are shying away from a confrontation over the border wall ahead of the November elections.

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/08/08/indiana-donnelly-trump-border-wall-senate-766343
You mention he's a 'moderate Democrat', one who happens to support Trump it seems, and I can only laugh derisively.

But please carry-on by all means.
 
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You mention he's a 'moderate Democrat', one who happens to support Trump it seems, and I can only laugh derisively.

But please carry-on by all means.

Heh!

It's a freebie for him to pander to his Indiana constituents on the stupid border wall, because Trump can't even get the Republicans in the Senate to support that boondoggle.
 
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Heh!

It's a freebie for him to pander to his Indiana constituents on the stupid border wall, because Trump can't even get the Republicans in the Senate to support that boondoggle.
It is Indiana after all. I don't have a clue what goes on there though I suspect most in the state do speak a dialect of English you and I will be able to understand. That's always comforting when it comes to pass.
 
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One of the most vulnerable Democratic senators said he supports giving President Donald Trump billions of dollars for his border wall — a sharp break from the rest of the party planning to spurn Trump's wall in spending negotiations this fall.

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), who is facing a new round of ads criticizing his position on immigration this week, said that Trump should get much more than the $1.6 billion the Senate Appropriations Committee has been preparing to send him. Trump has repeatedly threatened to shut the government down either before or after the election without a significant infusion of money to fulfill his signature campaign promise, often telling lawmakers he wants $5 billion in the September spending bill.

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 to avoid one.

But as Trump makes a potential pre-midterm stand on the wall, Donnelly's opponent, GOP nominee Mike Braun, accused Donnelly of having an election-year epiphany in supporting more border money as part of the spending bill. Donnelly’s position could change the debate in Washington, where GOP leaders are shying away from a confrontation over the border wall ahead of the November elections.

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/08/08/indiana-donnelly-trump-border-wall-senate-766343

"Re-election epiphany" sounds like a valid guess. Can't blame the fella. Holding on to their office is the number one priority of most every elected official.

Suspect Claire McCaskill and a few others will be deciding what their "issue positions" are based on poll testing. Nature of the beast.
 
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"Re-election epiphany" sounds like a valid guess. Can't blame the fella. Holding on to their office is the number one priority of most every elected official.

Suspect Claire McCaskill and a few others will be deciding what their "issue positions" are based on poll testing. Nature of the beast.
True. I suspect the wall/budget and the SC nominee will be tops for red state dems to show their states how moderate they can be.
 
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Holding on to their office is the number one priority of most every elected official.
If it were not so, it would not matter what the number two priority was - or even the number one priority, for that matter.
 
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"Re-election epiphany" sounds like a valid guess. Can't blame the fella. Holding on to their office is the number one priority of most every elected official.

Suspect Claire McCaskill and a few others will be deciding what their "issue positions" are based on poll testing. Nature of the beast.

That's why it's called a representative democracy. The representative is expected to take advice from their constituents.
 
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That's why it's called a representative democracy. The representative is expected to take advice from their constituents.
Maybe or the recent special elections might show these red state dems, they dont need or maybe shouldnt side with the President. Taking a stand against him could offer them a special chance to win by getting out the voters who might not vote otherwise.
 
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