IN Focus: Coats, Donnelly discuss Carrier, cabinet picks

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INDIANAPOLIS - Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) says he's happy to hear about the jobs being saved at Carrier, but he's still hoping for more when it comes to saving manufacturing jobs.

"I'm hopeful that this will bring a number of jobs back to Indiana and specifically to Indianapolis," Donnelly said. "But you know there's still hundreds of jobs out there.

"The great thing about that is it sent the message that someone who is not even President yet is able to negotiate something that was a major issue in the campaign," said Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN) during a visit to Trump Tower on Wednesday.  "I think this is a terrific start."

In the video above, we discuss the Carrier news with UIndy political science professor Laura Albright, and we hear from Coats and Donnelly on the Trump transition.

According to Politico, Coats is being considered for the role of national intelligence director, but when asked by reporters, Coats said he was not at Trump Tower seeking any specific position.

"I told him I want to assist wherever I can, but I’m not seeking a specific position," Coats told reporters.

Donnelly said this week he would not vote to confirm Rep. Tom Price for Health and Human Services secretary, but said he was trying to keep an open mind when it came to many of Trump's other appointments.

"Overall I'm keeping an open mind," said Donnelly. "(Rep. Price) has already said on numerous occasions that his goal is to privatize Medicare... seniors shouldn't be in a position where they have to figure out if they can afford a knee surgery or not."

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