Donnelly Ad: Only One Candidate for the Middle Class

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Indianapolis, Ind.--Joe Donnelly’s U.S. Senate campaign announced its latest ad highlighting that only one candidate is working for Indiana’s middle class families.

“Joe Donnelly is in the Hoosier common sense middle,” said Elizabeth Shappell, communications director. “Richard Mourdock has embraced a no compromise, ‘my way or the highway’ stridency.  Joe will work across party lines to create jobs, cut spending, and help middle class families.  Hoosiers have a clear choice this fall between Joe Donnelly, who will be an independent voice, and Richard Mourdock, who wants more partisanship in Washington.”

Script Citation
Narrator: Compare. Richard Mourdock.

Mourdock: To me the highlight of politics, frankly, is to inflict my opinion on someone else.









Mourdock: “I Think There Needs To Be More Partisanship.” Wrote political analyst Brian Howey in a February 2011 Evansville Courier & Press column, “After the speech, Mourdock added, ‘I think there needs to be more partisanship and frankly it's based on principle.’” [Brian Howey, Evansville Courier & Press, 2/27/11]

Mourdock Dismissed Calls For Increased Bipartisan Cooperation. Reported the Evansville Courier & Press in April 2012, “Mourdock told Courier & Press editors the election could point a new way for the party. The path would not involve unnecessarily ceding territory to political opponents, he said. ‘For all the cries for bipartisanship, it is bipartisanship that has taken us to the brink of bankruptcy,’ Mourdock said.” [Evansville Courier & Press, 4/19/12]

Mourdock Denounced Bipartisanship, Compromise: “Frankly, I Don’t Think We Need Bipartisanship.” At a March 2012 meeting of the Carmel-Clay GOP Club, Mourdock said, “I’ll be rather controversial right off the bat here, I’ve said it many times and I’ll repeat it here – we hear this great call for bipartisanship, frankly I don’t think we need bipartisanship.” [Carmel-Clay GOP Club meeting, 3/28/12]

“Mourdock Views Victory As Something That Must Be Accomplished Through Partisan Strength.” Wrote Evansville Courier & Press columnist Eric Bradner in April 2012, “Lugar says that voting for well-qualified nominees of Democratic presidents helps get the picks of Republican presidents confirmed, too. Mourdock, meanwhile, would be much more likely to resist in hopes of forcing Democrats to temper their choices. It's a difference that underscores their styles: Lugar's someone who tries to achieve his objectives through collaboration and relationships built over time; Mourdock views victory as something that must be accomplished through partisan strength.” [Eric Bradner, Evansville Courier & Press, 4/28/12]

Mourdock told the Indianapolis Star that if he found himself in the minority in Washington, he didn’t care what committees he was assigned to, because he would spend all of his time campaigning to gain the majority.  [Indianapolis Star Editorial Board]

Mourdock Says the Highlight of Politics is to “Inflict” His Opinion on Someone Else. [Video of Richard Mourdock on MSNBC’s Daily Rundown, 5/9/12]
Narrator: Joe Donnelly.

Donnelly: For me the highlight of politics is to help middle class families, create jobs and cut waste and taxes so you keep more of what you
earn - that's Hoosier common sense”
Joe Donnelly opposed the President more than 30% of the time and broke with his party more than all but six Democrats.  [CQ Custom Member Profile, 2/2012; National Journal Vote Rankings 2011]

Donnelly is independent of President Obama, routinely voting against Obama-Democratic budgets because of overspending. He supports a line item veto, opposes increases in the gas tax, and wants to take tax breaks away from companies that ship jobs overseas. [Kokomo Tribune, 3/13/10;  Fort Wayne News Sentinel, 6/2/12]

Joe Donnelly joined Republicans and Democrats, such as Senator Richard Lugar, in supporting the American auto industry. [Evansville Courier-Press, 5/2/2012]
Narrator: Two candidates. Only one for the middle class -- Joe Donnelly.

Voting against 2.4 trillion in spending,
Joe Donnelly has voted against $2.4 trillion in federal spending.  [2011 Roll Call 690; 2011 Roll Calls 154, 179, 253, 268; 2009 Roll Calls 369, 502, 623, 625, 636, 991; H.R. 1105 Roll Call #86; 2011 Roll Call #941; 2007 Roll Calls #454,456, 457, 467, 468, 520, 524, 539, 545, 571, 572, 601, 602, 659, 681, 682, 683, 709, 710, 740, 741, 742]

Joe Donnelly has returned more than $600,000 to the Treasury from his office budget since being elected to Congress.  [disbursements.house.gov, 2007-2011]
broke with his own party for balanced budget amendment Joe Donnelly supports a Balanced Budget Amendment. The Evansville Courier & Press reported that Donnelly would vote yes on the Balanced Budget Amendment, writing “U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly, the only Democratic candidate in the race, said he will be among the “yes” votes when the House on Friday takes up a constitutional amendment that would require Congress to balance the federal budget.” [Evansville Courier & Press 11/17/11]
and to extend the Bush tax cuts.
Hoosier common sense…for Hoosier’s middle class families.
Joe Donnelly opposes allowing present tax rates to expire on any income levels.  Reported the New York Times, “Representative Joe Donnelly, a Democrat running for an Indiana Senate seat, announced Tuesday he would vote for the Republican plan to extend all the Bush-era income tax rates when it comes up in the House next week.”[New York Times, 7/24/2012]

Joe Donnelly opposed the President more than 30% of the time and broke with his party more than all but six Democrats.  [CQ Custom Member Profile, 2/2012; National Journal Vote Rankings 2011]

Donnelly is independent of President Obama, routinely voting against Obama-Democratic budgets because of overspending. He supports a line item veto, opposes increases in the gas tax, and wants to take tax breaks away from companies that ship jobs overseas. [Kokomo Tribune, 3/13/10;  Fort Wayne News Sentinel, 6/2/12]


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