Bipartisan group of senators helped pave the way for a Senate deal
October 16th, 2013
06:45 PM ET
11 months ago

Bipartisan group of senators helped pave the way for a Senate deal

Washington (CNN) - Congressional approval ratings hovered at historic lows. Republican and Democrats hurled insults at each other and among themselves. The political circus in Washington even made its way to "Saturday Night Live: - in a sketch featuring Miley Cyrus, at that.

It seemed that nothing would break through the partisan stronghold that left Capitol Hill at a standstill in the weeks leading up to and during the partial government shutdown.

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Two more Senate Dems support same-sex marriage
April 5th, 2013
10:27 AM ET
1 year ago

Two more Senate Dems support same-sex marriage

(CNN) - The ranks of Senate Democrats who back same-sex marriage grew Friday morning by two as Indiana's Joe Donnelly and North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp came out publically in support of overturning a federal law banning marriages between same sex couples.

"With the recent Supreme Court arguments and accompanying public discussion of same-sex marriage, I have been thinking about my past positions and votes. In doing so, I have concluded that the right thing to do is to support marriage equality for all," Donnelly, elected last November, wrote in a statement on his Facebook page.
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Sen-elect Joe Donnelly, pro-gun Democrat, now open to gun control measures
December 17th, 2012
08:27 PM ET
2 years ago

Sen-elect Joe Donnelly, pro-gun Democrat, now open to gun control measures

Washington (CNN) – Another pro-gun Democrat who has been endorsed by the National Rifle Association told CNN Monday that he's open to looking at new legislation to tighten gun laws in the wake of the school massacre in Connecticut on Friday.

U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, who will replace retiring GOP Sen. Dick Lugar, told CNN said he's committed to looking at legislation to address the shooting.
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Filed under: Gun rights • Joe Donnelly
Democrats win GOP Senate seat in Indiana
November 6th, 2012
10:02 PM ET
2 years ago

Democrats win GOP Senate seat in Indiana

(CNN) - Democrats scored a major upset in the Indiana race for U.S. Senate Tuesday, scooping up a seat in the deeply red state Republicans had expected to hold. The campaign appeared to turn for the Democrats after the GOP candidate made controversial comments about rape during a televised debate.

CNN projected Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly would beat Republican Richard Mourdock, boosting the Democrats' chances of maintaining control of the Senate. Donnelly led 48 percent to 46 percent with 70 percent of the estimated vote counted at the time of the projection.
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Poll gives Donnelly 11-point lead over Mourdock
November 2nd, 2012
08:19 AM ET
2 years ago

Poll gives Donnelly 11-point lead over Mourdock

(CNN) – A poll of likely voters in Indiana showed Democratic Senate candidate Joe Donnelly with an eleven point lead over GOP rival Richard Mourdock, whose comments on rape and abortion in October drew consternation from Democrats and some Republicans.

The survey from Howey Politics and DePauw University indicated Donnelly, a three-term congressman, was at 47% among likely Indiana voters in the race for the state's U.S. Senate seat, compared to 36% who support Mourdock, the Indiana state treasurer. A Libertarian candidate, Andrew Horning, was at 6% in the poll.
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Filed under: 2012 • Indiana • Joe Donnelly • Richard Mourdock
Lugar's optimistic about 2012
May 9th, 2011
04:01 PM ET
3 years ago

Lugar's optimistic about 2012

Washington (CNN) - Republican Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana delivered a message to Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly who launched a challenge against him Monday, saying he's optimistic he can hold onto his seat in 2012.

"I'm very hopeful of course that our early campaigning and fundraising has brought about a situation of continuing strength in Indiana and that we'll be prepared to win the primary and general election," Lugar said in an interview set to air on CNN's "John King, USA" Monday. "I believe we would beat Joe Donnelly."
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Filed under: 2012 • Dick Lugar • Joe Donnelly • Senate • TV-John King U.S.A.
Donnelly announces Senate bid in Indiana
May 9th, 2011
09:02 AM ET
3 years ago

Donnelly announces Senate bid in Indiana

Washington (CNN) – Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly announced Monday morning that he's running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Dick Lugar.

"I want to take the fight for American jobs and opportunities to the United States Senate. I want to make sure that the voices of hard working Hoosiers are heard in the U.S. Senate," Donnelly said in a video message to supporters.
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Filed under: 2012 • Indiana • Joe Donnelly • Richard Lugar • Senate
September 6th, 2010
01:10 PM ET
4 years ago

NRCC targets Donnelly in first ad

 Donnelly says he is running against the entire 'Washington crowd.'
Donnelly says he is running against the entire 'Washington crowd.'

(CNN) – Indiana Rep. Joe Donnelly has modeled his reelection campaign around an effort to ensure voters forget he is a Democrat.

The National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee is more than happy to remind them.

The committee is out with its first television ad of the cycle Monday that repeatedly flashes images of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi next to Donnelly – himself a moderate Democrat who represents Indiana's conservative-leaning second congressional district.

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Filed under: 2010 • Indiana • Joe Donnelly
August 10th, 2010
04:34 PM ET
4 years ago

Indiana Democrat lumps Obama with Pelosi, Boehner

Indiana Rep. Joe Donnelly released a new ad on Monday.
Indiana Rep. Joe Donnelly released a new ad on Monday.

(CNN) - Moderate Indiana Democrat Joe Donnelly released a new ad Monday that lumps President Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader John Boehner together, labeling all three: "the Washington crowd."

The 30-second spot focuses on illegal immigration and highlights Donnelly's position on the hot-button issue.

" … I voted to hire 5,300 more border agents, penalize any business that hires illegals, deport illegals who commit felonies and eliminate amnesty, because no one should ever be rewarded for breaking the law," Donnelly says.

"That may not be what the Washington crowd wants but I don't work for them, I work for you," Donnelly adds.

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Filed under: 2010 • Indiana • Joe Donnelly