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Donnelly discusses economy, ISIS during Indianapolis visit

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INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 3, 2014) - The latest beheading of an American journalist by ISIS is also on the minds of Indiana's congressional delegation.

Senator Joe Donnelly was in Indianapolis on Wednesday with Rep. Andre Carson and U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez.

FOX59 asked Donnelly about the ISIS situation and if more needs to be done.

“It is one of the most savage, horrendous things we have ever seen,” said Donnelly. “We’ve provided targeted military strikes in Iraq and we’re looking at targeted military strikes in Syria. They came after our people, we will go after them, wherever they are. Our goal is not to contain ISIS, it’s to destroy them.”

Last week, Sen. Dan Coats told CNN that he wanted to hear more direction from the president on ISIS.

“The first thing has to be a clarity of what our strategy is going to be,” said Coats. “This has to come from the president. It should be brought to Congress and Congress needs to give approval to whatever plan is proposed but we don't know what that plan is. There's a lot of confusion in terms of how we should best respond.”

“If they’re coming after us, we will come after them,” said Donnelly. “We are working very hard to push them out of Iraq and we are working very very hard to eliminate them completely.”

Donnelly and Carson also discussed the economy on Wednesday, welcoming Perez to Indiana to talk about jobs and the role education plays in workforce development.

“We’re moving in the right direction but we’ve got to continue that momentum and we’ve got to sustain that momentum and we’ve got to pick up the pace of growth,” said Perez.

Wednesday the group visited Pike High School, which recently was awarded a Youth Career Connect grant to match work skills and education for more real-world learning opportunities.

“We have high expectations here that we think every child is capable of incredible success,” said Donnelly.

The group also met with construction workers and employees at Allison Transmission to talk about issues like job training, partnerships and wages.

“This isn’t a Democrat or Republican issue, this is about people,” said Carson. “The American people are sick of political posturing and this cannot be an issue based on politics.”