Saturday morning on the campus of Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, the IUPUI College Republicans in conjunction with HoosierAccess.com and the Indiana Young Republicans, hosted a debate for the republican candidates for the Indiana Senate.
As with past debates, the five candidates spent a lot of time attacking President Barack Obama as well as the Democrat-controlled congress. The candidates shared views on limiting the power of the federal government, cutting spending and repealing the recently passed healthcare bill, but the temper of the debate turned when Fishers businessman Richard Behney brought up the possibility of voting on the confirmation of a second Obama Supreme court nomination.
Former U.S. Representative John Hostettler used this opportunity to shift the debate from agreement to attack when he brought up former U.S. Senator Dan Coats’ vote to confirm then President Bill Clinton’s nomination of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
“I recently discussed in the public for my concern on Senator Coats vote on Ruth Bader Ginsberg,” Hostettler said. “We must give our consent only to justices, only to nominees who will abide by the constitution as it is written and not as they interpret it.”
Indiana Senator Marlin Stutzman quickly joined Hostettler in his attack of Coats and his voting record, which he rebuked by admitting the vote was a mistake and questioning the voting record of both candidates.