Donnelly Ad: What TEA Party Ideas Will Richard Mourdock Inflict on Hoosiers?

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Indianapolis, Ind.--Today, Joe Donnelly’s U.S. Senate campaign unveiled a new ad informing Indiana voters about the things Richard Mourdock wants to “inflict” on them if elected.

“Richard Mourdock wants to inflict his TEA Party ideas on Hoosier voters,” said Paul Tencher, campaign manager.  “This is an opportunity to let the people of Indiana know what exactly Mourdock stands for.  While he wants to inflict his radical ideas like questioning the constitutionality of Social Security and Medicare on Hoosiers, Joe Donnelly will continue to travel the state talking about his bipartisan message of lowering the debt and creating jobs.” 

The ad will start airing tomorrow morning.  It is paid for by the Indiana Democratic Congressional Victory Committee and is running statewide on broadcast and cable markets over the next two weeks.  Watch the ad here.



V/O:  Think TEA Partier Richard Mourdock will work with both parties to get things done?  Hardly.

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]


Evansville Courier & Press Columnist: “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:  “To me, the highlight of politics, frankly, is to inflict my opinion on someone else.”  


V/O:Here’s what Mourdock wants to “inflict” on us

[Video of Richard Mourdock on MSNBC’s Daily Rundown, 5/9/12]

V/O:  He thinks that Social Security is unconstitutional

Mourdock Challenged The Constitutionality Of Social Security, Medicare, And Medicaid. In April 2011, Mourdock spoke at a Madison Tea Party event and stated “Sixty percent of our budget, sixty percent of our budget this year, will be for Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. I challenge you in Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution where those so-called enumerated powers are listed. I challenge you to find words that talk about Medicare or Medicaid or, yes, even Social Security. You know, Article I, Section 8 says the U.S. government shall have the power to tax to pay off its debts, to pay for its defense, and then it says to provide for the general welfare.” [Madison IN Tea Party 4/16/11 event transcription,, accessed 5/20/11]

V/O:  Wants to cut Medicare by $200 Billion

The New York Times Reported that “Under the Ryan plan, spending would be cut $5.3 trillion below President Obama’s budget through 2022. Medicare would be reduced by $205 billion. Medicaid and other health programs would be cut $770 billion. Other entitlement programs, including welfare, food stamps, agriculture subsidies and transportation, would be cut by nearly $2 trillion.” [New York Times, 3/29/11]

V/O:  And would give more tax breaks to Wall Street

Mourdock Signed The Taxpayer Protection Pledge. According to a May 2011 press release from Americans For Tax Reform, “Indiana U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Mourdock, who is currently State Treasurer, will face off against longtime incumbent Senator Richard Lugar in the Republican primary. Lugar, who is running for his seventh term, is the Senate’s most senior Republican... ‘I want to congratulate Mr. Mourdock for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The American people clearly showed their displeasure in November with the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington. They want real solutions that create jobs, cut government spending and get the economy going again,’ said Grover Norquist, president of ATR. ‘By signing the Pledge, Richard Mourdock demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of Indiana.’” [Americans For Tax Reform press release, 5/19/11]


Mourdock: “Dramatically Lower The Capital Gains Rate, Lower The Corporate Rate.” In July 2011, the Evansville Courier & Press published a transcript from WNIN-PBS’s “Newsmakers” which quoted Mourdock as saying, “I think certainly we need to lower the tax rates on individuals. I'd love to see us dramatically lower the capital gains rate, lower the corporate rate. As far as those loop holes that are out there, I think the government does a poor job whenever it issues subsidies to try to develop its favorite industry. It's never worked; it's not working now; and it's a way that I think that we can see some real saving and make government more efficient.” [Evansville Courier & Press, 7/16/11]


Mourdock Called For Elimination Of Capital Gains, Estate Taxes. In an October 2008 op-ed for the Evansville Courier & Press, Mourdock wrote, “We should use the current crisis as an opportunity to move forward with common sense steps to truly make us competitive in the global economy. This crisis should not be used as an excuse to bring our financial sector under government control. Such common sense steps should include eliminating capital gains taxes, as well as the elimination of the ‘death tax.’” [Richard Mourdock, Evansville Courier & Press, 10/13/08]

Mourdock:  “...inflict my opinion on someone else...”

[Video of Richard Mourdock on MSNBC’s Daily Rundown, 5/9/12]

V/O:  Had enough?  Joe Donnelly joined Republicans for a balanced budget amendment, and will work across party lines to lower debt and create jobs.  


Joe Donnelly:  I’m Joe Donnelly and I approved this ad.

The Indianapolis Star reported that Donnelly would vote yes on the Balanced Budget Amendment, writing “Most of Indiana's House members--including one Democrat--voted Friday to support a balanced-budget amendment.  Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly, who is running for the Senate, was one of 25 Democrats who joined all but four Republicans in voting for the unsuccessful amendment.” [Indianapolis Star, 11/19/11]


Joe Donnelly is for balancing the budget and reducing our debt by cutting spending and closing corporate loopholes like tax breaks for oil companies and companies that outsource jobs.  [S 627, Vote #676, 7/29/11; Congressional Documents and Publications, 5/17/11;    HR 5982, Vote #514, 7/30/10; HR 1586, Vote #518, 8/10/10]




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