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Supporters Launch “Republicans For Donnelly” Campaign

Joe Donnelly at a VA Clinic Opening in South Bend.

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Joe Donnelly’s campaign Thursday unveiled a group intended to court the vote of Republicans –particularly those who supported Richard Lugar.

The six Hoosier voters who helped launch “Republicans for Donnelly” Thursday all had the same general complaint about Republican nominee Richard Mourdock: his stated unwillingness to compromise or work in a bipartisan fashion.

Indianapolis resident and self-described moderate Republican Anne Phelan says even though she probably agrees with Mourdock more than Donnelly on many issues, bipartisanship is more important to her.

“The best ideas, innovations and solutions come from a collaboration of distinct viewpoints and it’s based on the knowledge that America is strong because it was founded on respect for people’s differences,” Phelan says.

Mourdock campaign spokesman Chris Conner says with the primary election over, the Indiana Republican Party is firmly behind Mourdock.

“We’ve gained the support of the governor, all the other statewide officers, local party officials and the grassroots activists – the majority of them were with us before the primary.  So we feel good about our situation,” Conner says.

The Donnelly campaign says Republicans for Donnelly will have a presence online and in advertising as it attempts to spread information about Donnelly to both Republicans and independents.

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