Mourdock Defends Stance On Bipartisanism

Mourdock says he’s not willing to compromise his principles.

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Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock (right) speaks with potential voters on March 31 in Evansville, Ind.

In the wake of his primary victory over Richard Lugar, Senate candidate Richard Mourdock Wednesday sought to establish himself as a mainstream Republican rather than someone on the extreme edge of his party.

In a show of what he called party unity, Richard Mourdock gathered with Governor Mitch Daniels and other statewide elected officials Wednesday to look ahead to November’s general election.

Mourdock addressed criticism leveled at him by his defeated opponent, Senator Richard Lugar. Though Lugar expressed support for Mourdock in his concession speech Tuesday, in a statement released later that evening Lugar said Mourdock’s stated unwillingness to work in a bipartisan way would render him ineffective as a senator. But Mourdock says he’s not willing to compromise his principles.

“My idea of bipartisanship, frankly, going forward is to make sure we have such a Republican majority in the US House, in the US Senate and in the White House that, if there’s going to be bipartisanship, it’s going to be Democrats coming our way,” he says.

Governor Daniels says it was a tough evening for the long-time incumbent and that, in the long term, Lugar will revert to the position of his initial statement of support for Mourdock.

“I thought there were things there that I wouldn’t have said,” he says. “I thought the first statement was the better of the two.”

Mourdock says he feels badly for Lugar and understands his disappointment.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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  • Charles Jensen

    The Tea Party is willing to compromise….as long as you do everything their way.  This was bad for Indiana and bad for America.

  • jefflz

    The Tea Party philosophy is in reality a return to the 19th
    Century view of the world in the same way that fundamentalist Islamists want to
    return to the days of the Caliphate. They have a simplistic and purist view of
    the Constitution.  No government
    regulation of the market – i.e., a return to bare-knuckle capitalism is a
    founding principle. These so-called “idealists” actually believe in
    their puerile hearts that there is such a thing as a free market and we just
    have to get the government off its back.  They are too naive to understand that an
    unregulated market led to the 2008 Crash and the loss of trillions of tax payer
    dollars. They are too caught up in their mantra of “liberty” to
    understand the extensive collusion on the part of the institutional investment
    community.  The biggest problem we face
    today is that simplistic ideology is very appealing to a worried and
    disillusioned electorate. Failure to challenge the Tea Party movement at every
    opportunity is to invite the rise of a fascist state in America.  Fascism would be a direct outcome of fuzzy
    thinking anarchists led by snake-oil salesman Rush Limbaugh and Fox’s dimwitted
    lapdog, Sarah Palin. It can happen here.
     

  • Immir

    Keep self-destructing Republicans!

    This is what the GOP gets for surrendering to the whack-jobs on the far right.

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