Indianapolis, Ind.--Today, Joe Donnelly’s campaign responded to Richard Mourdock’s latest ad trying to change the subject from his pattern of extreme TEA Party views.
“Hoosier voters are rejecting Richard Mourdock’s pattern of TEA Party extreme positions, so he is desperate to change the subject,” said Paul Tencher, campaign manager. “In fact, Indiana voters are responding to Joe’s message of working with both parties to get things done for middle class families. The only person playing politics in this race is Mr. Mourdock, as he tries to distract voters from his extreme views that are out of the mainstream.”
|Narrator: The press is calling Joe Donnelly’s distorted personal attacks “sleazy.” Donnelly and his liberal allies have gone too far.||The Louisville Courier-Journal: “Really? God intended that a woman be raped and become pregnant?” The editorial continued, “Voters of Indiana, wake up! Especially women voters! Polls show the race to be a dead heat and people who support Mr. Mourdock need to understand exactly who they would be sending to Washington.” [Louisville Courier-Journal, 10/24/12]
The Indianapolis Star: “A Troubling Pattern.” The Indianapolis Star editorialized, “The latest controversy to envelop Mourdock confirms a troubling pattern: He's a poor communicator who fails to understand that as a high-profile leader he must use good judgment in the words he chooses and the topics he decides to expound upon.
“As a U.S. senator, Mourdock would be called on frequently to communicate with other elected leaders, with the national news media and even with leaders from other countries. If elected, his inability, or perhaps refusal, to be more precise in his communications could lead to disastrous results for the state and the nation.” [Indianapolis Star, 10/24/12]
|Attacking Richard Mourdock’s religious faith and twisting his words. Playing politics and distracting from the real issues.||Christian Science Monitor Theologian: Mourdock Contrary to Anything in Scripture. The Christian Science Monitor argued that “[t]he furor extends into Evangelical camps, too. Believers have taken Mr. Mourdock to task for bungling the important doctrine of providence, which holds that a benevolent God upholds and cares for an imperfect world.” The Monitor quoted one theologian, who said Mourdock’s words were “offensive,” and that “[t]he clumsiness is [to] so align God with evil that God becomes a horrific figure. It’s contrary to anything you read in scripture, and it removes the human responsibility.” [Christian Science Monitor, 10/25/12]
Former Chicago Theological Seminary president: Pregnancy from rape is not God’s will. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite wrote on the Washington Post’s On Faith Blog: “No, God does not ‘cause’ either rape or conception following rape, nor is this ‘God’s intention.’ Rape is a crime.
“Rape is an offense to God, and violates God’s intention for human life. I believe the goal of human life, in the case of my Christian faith, is what Jesus taught: ‘Love God with your whole heart and your neighbor as yourself.’ (Luke 10:27)”
Her commentary continued: “But frankly, Mr. Mourdock, the theological errors pale in comparison to the failure of compassion your comment exhibits. Your comments are contributing to the hurt and the self-blaming of women and girls who have already been violated.” [Washington Post, 10/24/12]
|Stopping the Reid-Pelosi agenda. Repealing Obamacare. Getting our economy back on track.||Mourdock Challenged The Constitutionality Of Social Security, Medicare, And Medicaid. Reported the Evansville Courier & Press, “‘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,’ he [Mourdock] said then. He does not specifically refer to the programs as unconstitutional, and does not call for their repeal. He does, though, say: ‘Nowhere is the word entitlement present in the enumerated powers.’” The newspaper continues, “‘It [A MaorityPAC Ad] also says Mourdock claimed "a plan that essentially ends Medicare’ — a reference to the proposal by Republican Mitt Romney's running mate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, to instead hand seniors a voucher to purchase private insurance — does not go far enough. He has praised Ryan's plan, but said in a meeting with Purdue University's College Republicans chapter that he doesn't think it ‘goes far enough, fast enough to start to roll back the scope of government.’” [Evansville Courier & Press, 8/23/12]
Mourdock’s budget will increase health care costs in retirement by $11,000 for the average person who is 65 years old today. [Center for American Progress, 8/24/12]
Mourdock’s budget will result in the tax increases for middle class families. A typical household earning between $50,000 and $100,000 and filing jointly, under Mourdock’s plan, will face a tax increase of $1,358 at the 10% bracket. If that family is placed in the 25% bracket, their tax increase more than doubles to $2,938. A family earning between $100,000 and $200,000, under Mourdock’s plan, faces a tax increase of $2,681. [JEC, 6/20/12]
Mourdock’s budget would make it harder for American families to send their kids to college. "The Department of Education would be cut by more than $115 billion over a decade. 9.6 million students would see their Pell Grants fall by more than $1000 in 2014, and, over the next decade, over one million students would lose support altogether." [OMB, 3/21/12]
Mourdock told the Indianapolis Star that Hoosier jobs weren’t his responsibility. “I didn't take a pledge that I would support every job in Indiana under whatever means it takes to do it. The oath I took said I would support the laws of Indiana and support the Constitution of the United States. Constitutional rights for people for which I had a fiduciary responsibility were being violated, and I had no choice to do what I did. I certainly have no regrets.” [Indianapolis Star, 10/19/10]
|It’s time for principled Hoosier leadership. It’s time for Richard Mourdock.|