Vulnerable Senate Dem open to legislation ending birthright citizenship

Sen. Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyLobbying World Lobbying World Overnight Energy: Trump taps ex-oil lobbyist Bernhardt to lead Interior | Bernhardt slams Obama officials for agency's ethics issues | Head of major green group steps down MORE, the vulnerable Democratic candidate running for reelection in Indiana, said he was open to looking at legislation that would end birthright citizenship during a Tuesday debate.

"I’m the only person on this stage who voted three times for a border wall. I voted against sanctuary cities. I’ve stood for secure borders with John McCainJohn Sidney McCainGraham: McCain 'acted appropriately' by handing Steele dossier to FBI What should Democrats do next, after Mueller's report? Tom Daschle: McCain was a model to be emulated, not criticized MORE when in 2013, we passed legislation that would have provided an additional 20,000 border agents to the border," he said when asked about birthright citizenship. 

"I heard you say that [Sen.] Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamConservation remains a core conservative principle Graham: McCain 'acted appropriately' by handing Steele dossier to FBI The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump, Dems eye next stage in Mueller fight MORE [R-S.C.] is going to put legislation forward" to rescind the law, Donnelly continued. "We have to take a look at that legislation."

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"I’d want to see that legislation, make sure it was constitutional and review it first," he added.

Donnelly's Republican opponent Mike Braun also declined to commit his support to one side of the issue, but said that "if Lindsey Graham’s introducing it, it will be something I take a look at."

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'Haven't thought about' pardons for Mueller target Pence: Rocket attack 'proves that Hamas is not a partner for peace' Conservation remains a core conservative principle MORE made his intentions to use an executive order to end birthright citizenship known in an interview aired Tuesday. Legal experts quickly almost unanimously said that such a move would be unconstitutional and challenged in court.

Following the debate, Donnelly commented on the issue to The Hill.

"At tonight’s debate, there was a question about birthright citizenship," Donnelly said in a statement. "The 14th Amendment is clear. What’s also clear is that our immigration system is broken. As I have done in the past, I will work with both parties to find a solution that secures our borders and fixes our broken immigration laws."

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyTreasury expands penalty relief to more taxpayers Overnight Health Care: Senators seek CBO input on preventing surprise medical bills | Oversight panel seeks OxyContin documents | Pharmacy middlemen to testify on prices | Watchdog warns air ambulances can put patients at 'financial risk' Drug prices are a matter of life and death MORE (R-Iowa) said Tuesday that changing birthright citizenship would take a constitutional amendment.

Recent polling of the Indiana Senate race has Braun with a slim lead within the margin of error ahead of the Nov. 6 election.

Updated Wednesday at 8:18 a.m.