FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) United States Senate Republican candidates Marlin Stutzman and Todd Young hit on several topics during the televised debate Monday night.
Stutzman is currently the U.S. Representative for Indiana’s Third District. Young is the U.S. Representative for Indiana’s 9th District. Both are hoping for a victory in the May primary to get their name on the November ballot.
The two conservatives agreed on some of the topics discussed during the debate. Both said they would support a federal law similar to Indiana’s controversial abortion law passed this legislative session. The law prevents abortions based on sex, race and disability among other things. Both said they support increased military spending.
On the question of building a wall on the Mexican border Stutzman said he supported the idea during the live televised debate.
“It’s a responsibility that we have as a country to secure our border and I don’t know what the Trump plan is on that, but I do believe that we have a responsibility on our border and who is coming in and out of our country,” Stutzman said.
During the debate, Young dodged a yes or no answer saying border control was important, but in a press conference after the debate he did say he supported a wall.
“It’s going to take a number of different factors, I’ve learned from my time in the U.S. Marine Corps, but it is essential during a time of war that we continue to keep that southern border safe from terrorists coming in,” Young said.
While the two candidates have several similarities, they did point out a few differences. Stutzman said he supports the conservative budget, and claims Young does not.
“The conservative budget is really the threshold to say I’m a conservative in Washington because I’m going to try to get spending under control and Todd Young has never voted for one,” Stutzman said.
“I’d invite the press to go check our respective records,” Young said in response to accusations he wasn’t being truthful about his voting record.
On the topic of presidential candidates, Stutzman said he would support the nominee and Young said he’s just focusing on the senate race.
The debate was held at WFYI studios in Indianapolis. The Indiana primary is May 3rd.