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Rokita vs. Messer

Todd Rokita and Luke Messer, two House Republicans from Indiana, are competing in the primary to take on Senator Joe Donnelly. Rokita has a new digital ad that goes after Messer over statements he made about Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign. Messer endorsed Trump, but in the ad he is shown twice asking whether Trump has “some odd personal tick where he can’t control his tongue and says all kinds of crazy things,” and once saying that Trump had not yet shown that he knows how to be presidential.

It will be interesting to see how many Indiana Republican voters are swayed by this line of attack. Most of them support Trump. But some Trump supporters have been known to express exasperation, or worse, about some of the things Trump has said, while also supporting him on most legislative issues–just as Messer has.

Ramesh Ponnuru — Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg View, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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