FACT CHECK: Mourdock Wants More Partisanship, Donnelly Works With Others

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Mourdock States His Goal Is To “Inflict” His Opinion On Others. “To me the highlight of politics, frankly, is to inflict my opinion on someone else with a microphone or in front of a camera.” [Daily Rundown, 5/9/12]

Mourdock Claims There’s Too Much Bipartisanship In Washington. “Bipartisanship is taking us to the point of bankruptcy. One side has to win or lose... Wars, you never have a negotiated peace, the way wars are resolved is victory. You know, when one side wins over the other, that’s when you have peace. When you have negotiations you have what you have in the Middle East, just on an ongoing conflict for decades and generations. We need to have one side win and that needs to be the conservative side.” [Tea Party Tribune, 8/26/11]

Mourdock: Bipartisanship Is Democrats Agreeing With Republicans. “I have a mindset that says bipartisanship ought to consist of Democrats coming to the Republican point of view,” Mourdock said on Fox. [Politico, 5/9/12]

Mourdock: We need some zealots. “My friends, we need some zealots in the Republican Party, we need some zealots.” [Delaware and Henry County Straw Poll, tracking transcript, 2/25/12]

Even Paul Ryan disagrees with Mourdock’s position on compromise. Paul Ryan told PBS’s Judy Woodruff in an interview that he disagrees with Mourdock’s unwillingness to compromise, saying “I just don’t agree with that” when asked about Mourdock’s view that bipartisanship is Democrats agreeing with Republicans. [Peterson Foundation Fiscal Summit, 5/15/12]

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]

Joe Donnelly has voted with Speaker John Boehner 57% of the time over the course of his time in Congress. [OpenCongress]




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