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Skillman Touting Mourdock’s Bipartisanship In New TV Ad


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Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman says Mourdock will work across the aisle with Democrats in Washington; a stark contrast to Mourdock's previous campaign statements.

Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman is campaigning for GOP Senate candidate Richard Mourdock in a commercial airing around the state. Skillman highlights Mourdock’s ability to work with both sides of the aisle–something Mourdock’s opponents say goes against his record.

In the 30-second ad, Skillman talks about Mourdock’s experience working with her and Governor Mitch Daniels, calling the state treasurer a “great teammate” who will work with Republicans and Democrats in Washington.

Deputy campaign Manager Brose McVey says Mourdock has a long history of garnering wide-spread support.

“He’ll work with anybody along a path consistent with Hoosier values and his principles of restraining the size of government, creating jobs, making government live within its means,” he says.

But Democratic Senate candidate Joe Donnelly’s campaign says Mourdock’s own statements contradict that, pointing to comments in which Mourdock said his idea of bipartisanship was for Democrats to do what Republicans wanted.

Skillman says she does not know of any elected official who does not want the other side to come over to their way of thinking.

“As I recall, that statement he made was the morning after an election and, you know, with time might need a little more refinement,” she says.

And Skillman points out that Mourdock was an Evansville county commissioner in an area predominantly Democrat.

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