U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican and Tea Party favorite, visited Indiana Monday campaigning for Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock. Rubio attended Mourdock fundraisers in northern and central Indiana.
Democrats, who have been painting Mourdock as a Tea Party Republican, used the Florida senator’s visit as a way to further tie Mourdock to the far right wing of his party.
State Democratic Party chair Dan Parker says Rubio’s visit is further proof that Mourdock is out of touch with average Hoosiers.
“Marco Rubio and Richard Mourdock are two peas in one Tea Party pod,” he says.
Mourdock says he believes he’s in the mainstream of the GOP.
“When I was elected in 2006 there was no Tea Party, I was elected statewide,” he says. ”When I was elected in 2010 statewide no one called me the Tea Party candidate. So we’re continuing to build on a very broad base that we have of Republicans and I think in the general election population as a whole.”
Mourdock says senate candidate Joe Donnelly’s support of President Obama’s policies won’t serve the Democrat well in the state.