US Senate candidates Stutzman, Young debate ahead of May primary

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Todd Young (Left) and marlin Stutzman (right)

INDIANAPOLIS (April 18, 2016) — The Latest on the debate between Republican Senate candidates Marlin Stutzman and Todd Young (all times local):

7:45 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman says he supports building a wall along the southern border with Mexico.

The Republican congressman called for the construction of a border wall during a debate Monday night against fellow GOP Rep. Todd Young, his rival in the May 3 primary.

Stutzman cited drug trafficking and national security as reasons that “we need to build a wall, we need to put up a fence.”

Young did not directly answer the question when asked if he would support building a wall.

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7:30 p.m.

The two Republican candidates for Indiana’s open U.S. Senate seat are trying to distinguish themselves from each other on foreign and domestic policy in their only statewide televised debate before the May 3 primary.

U.S. Rep. Todd Young has placed heavy emphasis on his experience as a former Marine intelligence officer during Monday night’s meeting, and mentioned several times his previous races against Democratic U.S. Rep. Baron Hill, who’s also running for the Senate seat.

U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman emphasized his experience as a farmer and a businessman, and said Young has not been a consistent conservative.

Both were first elected to Congress in 2010. The seat is being vacated by retiring Republican U.S. Sen. Dan Coats.

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7 a.m.

The Indiana Republican candidates for U.S. Senate are getting ready to air their differences in the only statewide televised debate ahead of the May 3 primary.

Candidates Marlin Stutzman and Todd Young meet Monday evening in Indianapolis. The candidates are both sitting congressmen who have been increasingly hostile as the primary gets closer.

Young is trying to paint his tea party-backed rival as an ideologue who puts obstructionism over passing legislation. And Stutzman has characterized Young as a pawn of the establishment.

Both were first elected to Congress in 2010. The Republican winner in the primary will face former Democratic U.S. Rep. Baron Hill in the November general election.

The seat is being vacated by retiring Republican U.S. Sen. Dan Coats.