On the Record: Coats, Donnelly on ISIS, Secret Service, elections

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INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 1, 2014) - Are more Americans concerned about the economy or the threat of terrorism?

As we get closer to the midterm elections, more and more voters say ISIS is a top concern, though most voters still place the economy at the top of the list.

So what do Indiana's senators have to say? And which party will control the Senate after November’s election?

FOX59 spoke with Sen. Dan Coats, R-Indiana in this week’s edition of ‘On The Record’ (top page) and with Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, in the video below.

“My first and foremost obligation is to make sure that our nation is safe,” said Donnelly while visiting with workers on the East side Wednesday. “That’s why we’re so focused on this threat that we’ve seen.”

“The focus clearly has to be a double focus,” said Coats. “We still have to pull out of this slow recovery and get more people back to work, but all of a sudden foreign policy has reared its ugly head as it always does.”

“They’ve said they want to kill Americans and they want to come to this country to do it and so we have to step up and we have to be vigilant and strong to make sure they don’t,” said Donnelly.

Coats and Donnelly also talked about the midterm elections, the Ebola threat, and the security scandal which led to the Secret Service director's resignation.

“This is a very serious lapse, there’s something wrong here with the Secret Service,” said Coats in an interview taped before Wednesday's resignation. “It needs a house cleaning.”

“I am literally stunned by some of the things they’ve talked about,” said Donnelly in an interview Wednesday morning, where he also commented on the President's scheduled visit to Indiana on Friday.

As for the midterm elections, Coats says he’s still hoping the GOP can regain control of the Senate.

“We’re desperate at taking a shot at having a majority in the United States senate,” said Coats.

Watch ‘On the Record’ every week on FOX59.com for more news leading up to the election, including interviews with the candidates on the ballot this November.