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Ellsworth Stumps For Senate Seat at Ball State

Brad Ellsworth told students in Muncie Tuesday that his generation was about to hand the world to their generation… but they had to be ready to accept it.

Brad Ellsworth

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Eighth District Representative Brad Ellsworth talking to a crowd earlier this year in Owen County.

U.S. Senate hopeful Brad Ellsworth told college students in Muncie Tuesday that his generation was about to hand the world to their generation… but they had to be ready to accept it.

Brad Ellsworth met with about 40 students in Ball State University’s Student Center.  The Democratic candidate was asked about health care, Democratic strategy, and the racial undertones of politics.  He was then asked about a specific set of social issues – gay marriage, bullying of gay teens, and the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” military policy.  Ellsworth said he voted against the first hate crimes legislation and talked about the political courage needed to make those decisions.

“When you send people to Washington DC – or to Indianapolis – you don’t send them there to vote so they can stay there.  You send them there to do things to get things done, know when to keep your hands off of things, and know when to dig right in, jump right in with both feet.  If those kind of votes, when I think it was the right step in the right direction or the right thing to do, if those kind of votes get you killed politically, that’s okay.”

Ellsworth also spent time talking about his opponent Dan Coats’s background as a lobbyist.  Ellsworth said Coats lobbied for whoever paid his bills, and that voters should instead vote for who represents the people on Nov. 2.