FACT CHECK: Mourdock’s Ad Doubles Down On My Way Or The Highway

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Indianapolis, Ind.--Today, Joe Donnelly’s campaign for U.S. Senate responded to Richard Mourdock’s latest ad trying to rewrite his ‘my way or the highway’ record of calling for more, not less partisanship.

“It’s rich that Richard Mourdock claims he’s made government accountable and efficient when he wasted millions of our taxpayer dollars on a failed attempt to destroy over 100,000 Hoosier jobs,” said Elizabeth Shappell, communications director.  “He has called for more partisanship and said he didn’t take a pledge to support every job in Indiana.  Richard Mourdock’s ‘my way or the highway’ politics are all that is wrong with Washington: more gridlock, more debt, fewer results for middle class families.  Joe Donnelly is the bipartisan, common sense candidate in this race who will work with both parties to lower the debt, create jobs, and balance the budget.”


The Truth

Narrator:  Indiana has two paths.   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 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]
Richard Mourdock made Indiana government accountable and efficient.   Richard Mourdock spent nearly $3 Million of taxpayer money on a lawsuit to force Chrysler to liquidate. [News and Tribune, 6/3/12]
But Joe Donnelly’s Washington path veers left.  He voted for the Obama Pelosi stimulus.   Recovery Act Included $288 Billion In Tax Cuts. From PolitiFact: “Nearly a third of the cost of the stimulus, $288 billion, comes via tax breaks to individuals and businesses. The tax cuts include a refundable credit of up to $400 per individual and $800 for married couples; a temporary increase of the earned income tax credit for disadvantaged families; and an extension of a program that allows businesses to recover the costs of capital expenditures faster than usual. The tax cuts aren't so much spending as money the government won't get -- so it can stay in the economy.” [PolitiFact.com, 2/17/10]
A taxpayer-funded Wall Street Bailout.   Joe Donnelly Backed Creating Commission to Try and Prevent Another Financial Meltdown.  In 2009, Donnelly voted in favor of creating a bipartisan commission to try and prevent another financial meltdown. The independent commission would examine the causes that led to the financial crisis and provide the resources necessary to help prevent it from happening again. [CQ Floor Votes, 5/18/09]

Joe Donnelly Supported Shareholder Say on Executive Pay Bill.  In 2009, Donnelly voted in favor of the Corporate and Financial Institution Compensation Fairness Act that gave shareholders a say on the pay of corporate executives. It did this by giving them a nonbinding vote on executive compensation plans and allowing federal regulators to restrict incentive-based compensation practices deemed to threaten the health of larger financial institutions.  [CQ Today, 7/31/09]
Joe Donnelly Supported TARP Reform and Accountability Act.  In 2009, Donnelly voted in favor of placing new strict requirements on banks and other financial institutions that accept government assistance under the Treasury Department’s $700 billion financial rescue program. The House measure included requiring recipients of government money to prove they are using the money to increase lending to consumers and small businesses, limit the ability to use the money to finance mergers, and bar them from paying bonuses to top executives until the money is repaid.  The reform also allowed for funds to be used to assist the domestic auto industry. [The Washington Post, 1/22/09]
Even Obamacare. Joe Donnelly supports major change to the health care reform bill, while still making sure health insurance companies cannot deny coverage and prescription drug companies can't price gouge consumers.  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]
Donnelly follows Obama and Pelosi going the wrong way.   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]

In January 2011, Donnelly did not vote in favor of Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House. Instead, he and 10 other Democrats voted in favor of North Carolina Democrat Heath Shuler. [Roll Call, 1/05/11; Politico, 1/05/11; Indianapolis Star, 1/06/11; CQ Today, 1/05/11]

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]
Richard Mourdock will balance the budget.   Mourdock’s budget would still have a deficit of $287 Billion in 2020 and would not run a surplus until 2040.  [Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 3/28/12]
Keep taxes low. Mourdock’s budget would raise taxes on the middle class to pay for tax cuts for millionaires.  Families earning less than $30,000 each year would see their tax rates go up and services they depend on slashed as the wealthiest Americans saw their rates fall to the lowest levels since the Herbert Hoover administration.  [Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, 4/12/12]
Repeal Obamacare.   Richard Mourdock supports allowing employers to deny cancer coverage to employees. [New Albany News and Tribune, 6/13/12]

Mourdock’s Plan Would End Medicare Guarantee... Mourdock bases his budget on a plan that would dismantle Medicare and instead force seniors to accept vouchers to purchase health care coverage in the private market but says it “doesn’t go far enough.”  Under the Mourdock’s Plan, seniors would pay over $6,000 more a year in health care costs.  [Purdue University Appearance, 3/21/12; Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, 4/2011 ; Senate Vote 77, 5/25/11; House Vote 277, 4/15/11, Vote 151, 3/29/12]

...and Increase Out-of-Pocket Costs For Seniors By Over $6,000 Per Year.  Experts note that this plan would shift costs to beneficiaries and undermine traditional Medicare while generating few budgetary savings.  [Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, 12/21/11]

Mourdock Supports Privatizing Social Security, Handing Over Seniors’ Hard-Earned Money to Wall Street. [OnTheIssues.org, accessed 8/13/12]

Mourdock-supported Bill Would Force Massive Cuts to Social Security.  Republicans voted to force massive cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and other crucial benefits.  The so-called “Cut, Cap, and Balance” bill contains a constitutional amendment which would set a spending cap of 18% of GDP and would make it virtually impossible for Congress to raise revenues.  As the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities concluded, “reaching and maintaining a balanced budget in the decade ahead while barring any tax increases would necessitate deep cuts in Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.”  [Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 7/16/11; Senate Vote 116, 7/22/11;  House Vote 606, 7/19/11; Crawfordsville Journal Review 7/22/11]
A path to more jobs and a better economy. Mourdock On Chrysler Lawsuit: “I Didn't Take A Pledge That I Would Support Every Job In Indiana.” In 2010, reported the Indianapolis Star, “Mourdock counters that he didn't place jobs in jeopardy, because he didn't manage Chrysler into bankruptcy. He said he's received ‘lots of pats on the backs’ for fighting to protect retirees. ‘I didn't take a pledge that I would support every job in Indiana under whatever means it takes to do it,’ Mourdock said. ‘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]

Mourdock Allied With Tea Party In Pursuing Chrysler Lawsuit. In 2009, Mourdock brought a lawsuit that challenged Chrysler’s bankruptcy restructuring. Reported the Kokomo Tribune, “Allied with the Tea Party, Mourdock had fought tooth and nail to kill Chrysler's bankruptcy reorganization, preferring to see the company -- and more than 4,000 high-paying Kokomo jobs -- liquidated.” [Kokomo Tribune, 11/20/10]

Center For Automotive Research Study Found That Slowing Bankruptcy Settlement Could Endanger More Than 1 Million U.S. Jobs, Including More Than 100,000 In Indiana. Reported the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, “More than 1 million U.S. jobs - and more than 100,000 in Indiana - are riding on whether the bankruptcies of Chrysler LLC and General Motors Corp. are quick and orderly, according to a prominent research center's study. . . . The jobs study, by the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Mich., says that almost 250,000 U.S. jobs will be lost by 2011 if the Chrysler and GM bankruptcies go smoothly. It said Michigan, Ohio and Indiana, respectively, will be hardest hit, with 85,000 losses. But if the bankruptcies are protracted, consumers will desert the carmakers, creating massive disruptions in the supply chain and huge job losses, the study said. In Indiana, 13,000 jobs would be lost by 2011 under the best- case scenario. But if the bankruptcies become open-ended, 124,000 Hoosier jobs could be lost, the study said.” [Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, 6/9/09]

Mourdock opposes cracking down on Chinese currency manipulation, an unfair practice that has cost more than 60,000 Hoosier jobs.  Mourdock supports the Wall Street front group Club for Growth’s stance on currency manipulation, flip-flopping on the issue to earn their endorsement.  Currency manipulation cost Indiana more than 60,000 jobs in between 2001 and 2010 [Economic Policy Institute, 9/20/11; Roll Call, 5/9/12]



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