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Todd Rokita Changes His Mind on April 30 Senate Debate

Rokita, who stated multiple times he would not attend the event, says he's changed his mind.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Todd Rokita will be at the debate, after all. 

Rep. Rokita announced Tuesday morning that he will join his opponents in the Republican Senate primary, U.S. Rep. Luke Messer and former State Rep. Mike Braun, in the Indiana Debate Commission Debate on April 30.

Rokita refused multiple times to attend the debate and, on more than one occasion, attacked debate moderator and WIBC host Abdul-Hakim Shabazz, calling him a "patsy for the debate commission."

Hoosiers for Rokita spokesperson Nathan Brand explained the sudden change in course:

"Following...weeks of seeing Messer and Braun's willingness to mislead voters, Todd will not allow a Never Trumper, a lifelong Democrat, and a compromised moderator go unchecked. Todd Rokita believes Hoosier conservatives deserve to know the truth so he will be participating in the liberal Indiana Debate Commission debate," Brand said.

However, Brand says, Rokita remains steadfast in his position on both the commission and Shabazz:

"Todd continues to believe the liberal debate commission should not be hosting Republican primary debates, nor should the debate be moderated by someone closely aligned with one of the other campaigns—especially someone who has gone to great lengths to smear Todd with lies and distortions in coordination with the other campaigns."

Shabazz responded to the announcement, saying, "I am glad the Rokita campaign changed their minds and have discovered that any fears they had were unfounded."

The debate will be carried live at 7 p.m. on WIBC and wibc.com.

(Photo by Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images.) 

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