President Trump slams Indiana Democratic ads touting Libertarian


COLUMBIA, MO – NOVEMBER 01: President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in support of U. S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley on November 1, 2018 in Columbia, Missouri. Hawley is in a tight race with incumbent Democrat Senator Claire McCaskill. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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INDIANAPOLIS — President Donald Trump accused Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly of “trying to steal the election” by running ads touting the Libertarian candidate in an effort to peel away votes from Republican challenger Mike Braun in a close contest.

In a tweet Saturday , Trump said the rumor is Donnelly paid for the Facebook ads. The Indiana Democratic Party confirmed that it paid for them and a line at the top of the ads says that they are “authorized by Donnelly for Indiana.”

The ad is among several on Facebook saying that Braun used to be a Democrat and has voted for tax increases as a member of the state Legislature. It urges Hoosier conservatives to “vote your values.”

“Libertarian Lucy Brenton is the true Anti-tax conservative,” the ad says. Braun says he is a fiscal conservative.

Republicans hope to knock off Donnelly in a state Trump won easily in 2016 to expand their 51-49 majority in the Senate. Trump visits Fort Wayne, Indiana, Monday to rally for Braun.

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