2. SOUNDBITE (English) Senator Joe Donnelly, (D) Indiana
"I'm the only person on this stage who voted three times for a border wall. I voted against sanctuary cities. I've stood for secure borders with John McCain. when in 2013 we passed legislation that would have provided an additional 20,000 border agents to the border. In regards to birthright citizenship, that's the 14th Amendment of our Constitution. And so how this should be handled is by the Congress."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Braun, (R) US Senate Candidate
"There is going to be legislation on it and I think we'll see how that pans out. But it's the accumulation of many years of neglect, of neglecting border security. Thank goodness we're finally attending to this.
Nawaz: "Before we move on Mr. Braun, very quickly, the question was about legislation about birthright citizenship. Would you support it or not?"
Braun: ""I will wait and see what the discussion is on it and I'm not going to say whether I support it or not until I read the legislation."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Senator Joe Donnelly, (D) Indiana
"The reason this has been around a long time is it's in the Constitution of the United States. It's the 14th Amendment. It's the guiding document of our nation. I voted three times for border wall security. But here's the thing. This is an issue you have to have bipartisan support for. I've passed 50 pieces of legislation with a Republican partner every single time. And Mike can even name a single Democrat that he would work with."
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Braun, (R) US Senate Candidate
"All the problems that are associated with it. Finally we've got leadership we're attending to it. The senator says he's going to vote with the president. He never votes with him on other things like health care tax reform and so forth so I don't know that you can take that to heart."
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Senator Joe Donnelly, (D) Indiana
"But here's what we don't want to do. Mike Braun supports a lawsuit today, today, that would take away preexisting conditions coverage. That would end the opportunity to not have lifetime caps. So that young person who's on an Indianapolis IPS bus with asthma in their chest is tightening and they need the inhaler, if he has his way those preexisting conditions aren't covered anymore."
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Braun, (R) US Senate Candidate
"There's only one person here that's actually done what you're talking about. It was called the Affordable Care Act which Joe was all for it see an Affordable Care Act. It was doomed to fail because you had big government get in cahoots with big health care, specifically big health insurance. I took on the health insurance companies 10 years ago. And regardless of what his Democratic talking points are, I would never be for any replacement. It doesn't cover preexisting conditions."
The U.S. Senate candidates from Indiana met in their final debate Tuesday night, one week before the election The hotly contested match-up pitted incumbent Democrat Joe Donnelly against Republican businessman Mike Braun. Libertarian Lucy Brenton also appeared in the debate.
The debate was held at the Toby Theater at Newfields, formerly the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
Immigration was a major topic, with much of the focus on President Trump's statement that he's considering using an executive order to end the Constitution's guarantee of birthright citizenship. Most legal scholars say it would take a new constitutional amendment to alter the current one granting citizenship to anyone born in America.
Donnelly and Braun both emphasized their support for border security and said they would have to see pending legislation in congress about birthright citizenship before reaching any decision.
There were also questions about health care with both Donnelly and Braun expressing support for coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.
The race is one of the most closely watched in the U.S . and could determine which party controls the Senate next year. Republicans hold a slim majority in the U.S. Senate.
Braun and Donnelly are neck-and-neck recent public opinion polls.
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