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Sen. Donnelly responds to criticisms from GOP candidates

US Senator Joe Donnelly, a Democrat from Indiana, is responding to criticism by his potential Republican opponents in this year's upcoming general election.

Sen. Donnelly was taking a tour of the Naval Surface Warfare Center Monday, joining a roundtable discussion at  nearby Westgate Academy.

In Sunday night's Indiana Republican US Senate debate, three candidates vying to run against Sen. Donnelly were critical of his voting habits – arguing that he doesn't align with Hoosiers' best interests.

Rep. Luke Messer, Rep. Todd Rokita, and Mike Braun all said they aligned with President Trump on multiple issues, but Donnelly said that isn't a senator's job.

"I voted with the president 62% of the time. So the question is, do you want a copy machine who simply does whatever the president tells them to do, or do you want somebody who thinks through the issues?" Donnelly responded.

Donnelly did say he was in support of the Syrian missile strike but he thinks there needs to be a solid plan going forward in Syria.

The Indiana primary takes place May 8. Either Messer, Rokita, or Braun will then face off against Sen. Donnelly in the November general election.

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(This story was originally published on April 16, 2018)

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