FACT CHECK: Donnelly Works Across Party Lines, Mourdock Wants to “Inflict” His Partisan Views on Others

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Joe Donnelly: “The way to get things done is to work together.”

Joe Donnelly has voted with John Boehner nearly 60% of the time over his lifetime. [Opencongress.org, accessed 10/15/12]

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 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]

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]

In 2009, Donnelly voted against the American Clean Energy and Security Act, commonly known as Cap and Trade.
The Associated Press reported that although 211 Democrats and 8 Republicans backed the legislation, Donnelly believed it could jeopardize jobs. “The legislation has too many uncertainties in terms of the effect it would have on manufacturers and other businesses and the Hoosiers they employ,” Donnelly said. “In particular, I am very concerned that the bill would put us at a competitive disadvantage relative to other emerging economic powers like China and India.” [Associated Press, 6/27/09]

In July 2011, Donnelly voted in favor of passage of a bill which would speed up the decision by the Obama administration on the Keystone Oil Pipeline.
According to the Associated Press, “lawmakers endorsed a Nov. 1 deadline for the State Department to decide whether to approve the $7 billion project. A Canadian company wants to build a 1,900-mile pipeline to carry crude oil extracted from tar sands in Alberta, Canada, to refineries in Texas.” [Associated Press, 7/26/11] The bill passed, 279-147. [HR 1938, Vote #650, 7/26/11]

Donnelly supports an “all-in” energy approach that includes domestic production of oil, gas, and coal, as well as renewable energy sources.
He told the Lafayette Journal and Courier, “I voted against ‘cap and trade’ and instead support an ‘all in’ strategy that would increase domestic production of oil, gas and coal, as well as homegrown and clean energy like biofuels, wind and solar produced now in Indiana. This strengthens our national security and creates reliable jobs for Hoosiers.” [Journal and Courier, 10/26/10]

In 2010, Donnelly voted against the DREAM Act, which would provide a path to legal residency for hundreds of thousands of young, undocumented immigrants first brought to the United States illegally by their parents.
Donnelly also criticized the Justice Department’s lawsuit against the state of Arizona over the state’s immigration law. “The federal government should have stayed out of it. Arizona is trying to deal with a large amount of challenges that they have because of their location. We’d be a lot better off at the federal level by providing additional border agents and providing additional assistance than filing suit.” [HR 5281, Vote #625, 12/08/10; South Bend Tribune, 9/28/10]

Donnelly also supported the congressional investigation into Fast and Furious, and voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt in that investigation.
Donnelly’s support of the congressional investigation into Fast and Furious and his support of Congress’ duty to provide oversight of the administration is a break from the ranks of his fellow Democrats. “Donnelly was one of 31 House Democrats who, in June 2011, wrote to President Barack Obama asking him to direct Holder and the Justice Department to comply with the congressional investigation into Fast and Furious. In that letter, Donnelly and his Democratic colleagues told Obama that while the reports of the gunwalking ‘tactics used in this operation [Fast and Furious] are extremely troubling,’ they think it’s ‘equally troubling that the Department of Justice has delayed action and withheld information from Congressional inquiries.’ [The Daily Caller, 5/08/12]

In June 2009, Donnelly was one of 65 Democratic congressmen who signed a letter urging U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to not reinstate the assault weapons ban.
[South Bend Tribune, 6/14/09]

In March 2011, Donnelly penned an op-ed published in the Indianapolis Star calling on the Obama administration to address China’s currency manipulation or to impose tariffs on Chinese goods.
“Given the right opportunities, Hoosier manufacturers will win every time. We have a strong tradition of manufacturing in this state.” In January 2011, Donnelly and more than thirty other members of the Congressional Steel Caucus called on President Obama today to demand an end to China’s illegal trade practices during his upcoming discussions with Chinese President Hu Jintao. [Indianapolis Star, 3/04/11; States News Service, 1/18/11]

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

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]

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 New York Times that ‘It’s time for confrontation.’”
In an interview ahead of the Republican primary, Mourdock, after repeating his “bipartisanship has brought us to the brink of bankruptcy” line to a Rotary breakfast in Noblesville, told the New York Times that, “The time for being collegial is past. It’s time for confrontation.” [New York Times, 4/17/12]

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 also told the Star that he would be “more confrontational” than Senator Richard Lugar, who is praised for his willingness to reach across the aisle on important issues. [Indianapolis Star Editorial Board]

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