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Rokita hits Braun over tax hike he once spoke favorably of

By BRIAN SLODYSKO
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana Rep. Todd Rokita is attacking a Republican Senate primary rival over a gas tax hike the former state lawmaker voted for this year.

There's just one problem: Rokita previously voiced support for the same kind of tax increase.

That hasn't stopped Rokita's campaign from calling former state Rep. Mike Braun "Tax Hike Mike."

Braun supported a Republican plan this year that hiked fees and raised gas taxes by a dime-a-gallon to pay for infrastructure improvements.

Rokita has seized on that vote. But he previously voiced support for a gas tax increase during a 2015 interview with an Indianapolis radio show host. Rokita encouraged state lawmakers to consider the hike during the interview.

The primary race is a bitter one driven largely by attacks launched by Rokita.

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