FACT CHECK: Mourdock’s “My Way or the Highway” Partisanship Means Extreme Policies for Hoosiers

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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]

More than 100,000 Hoosiers would be unemployed if Mourdock’s lawsuit against Chrysler had been successful.
[Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, 6/9/09]

Mourdock’s failed legal assault cost more than $2 million dollars in Hoosier taxpayer money.
Mourdock hired New York law firm White & Case LLP, who charged Hoosiers nearly $200,000 in additional expenses, including:

  • Copying: $16,050.00
  • Airfare: $8,722.60
  • Hotels: $10,662.82
  • Meals: $6,607.64
  • Taxis: $2,017.65
  • Travel Meals: $523.70
  • Supplies: $664.92
  • Business Meals: $301.42
  • Conference Room Dining: $582.31

[White & Case Receipts, Obtained via Open Records Request]

Before suing Chrysler, Mourdock took a deal with Chrysler and the Treasury that would have provided teachers and troopers more than what they got under the bankruptcy deal.
Mourdock agreed to the terms with the government, then argued that he stood on principle in opposition to the Chrysler rescue. Mourdock’s hypocrisy on this issue undercuts his argument that he was standing up for the taxpayers and reveals his political motivation. [Washington Post, 6/10/09]

Chrysler has bounced back successfully.
In the second quarter of this year, Chrysler posted profits 218% over last year. Auto companies are reinvesting in plants all over the state, and having enormous economic impact on cities. More auto jobs in places like Kokomo, Greensburg, and Fort Wayne mean more families buying groceries, shopping and putting money into the local economies. [Detroit News, 7/30/12]

Chrysler just announced its best September in 5 years.
Chrysler sales in September 2012 rose 12%, based on “new models, low interest rates, and a stable US economy,” the company said. The sales chief predicted September sales for the industry would reach an annual rate of 14.9 million, making it the best month since March 2008. A total of 142,041 new Chrysler cars were sold in the United States last month. [Indianapolis Star, 10/2/12; Kokomo Tribune, 10/3/12]

The auto rescue was critical for Indiana’s job growth.
States with the most auto jobs are seeing the most growth in their manufacturing sectors overall. Indiana ranks third in manufacturing jobs added in 2012. Ohio ranks second and Michigan fourth. Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan have also posted the strongest manufacturing job gains since Mourdock’s lawsuit was finally dismissed in December 2009 through September 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. [Jack Colwell, South Bend Tribune, 10/7/12; USA Today, 9/5/12]



Mourdock Claims Medicare and Social Security May Be Unconstitutional.
“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. The next sixteen or seventeen little sentences all start with that two word preposition ‘to’ because those little sentences that start with ‘to’ are defining the general welfare. It says things like, you can raise taxes to build post offices, to provide post roads, to provide a navy. All these different sentences. Nowhere is the word ‘entitlement’ present in the enumerated powers.” [Madison, IN TEA Party Tax Day Protest, 4/16/11]

Mourdock’s budget would end the Medicare guarantee and set up a voucher system.

  • Many seniors would be forced to pay sharply higher premiums to stay in traditional Medicare and keep their current choice of doctors.
  • New Medicare beneficiaries could pay more than $1,200 more by 2030 and more than $5,900 more by 2050.
  • More and more seniors would gradually shift to private health insurance plans over time, increasing the privatization of Medicare.
  • Hundreds of thousands of seniors would become uninsured.
  • Premiums would increase for most Medicare beneficiaries.
  • More than 47 million Americans would lose health insurance coverage in 10 years.
  • Tens of millions of Americans would lose consumer protections that are essential for health and economic security.

[Center for American Progress, 3/20/12]

Mourdock’s budget will:

  • send 123,855 Hoosier Seniors back into the Medicare Part D “donut hole”
  • require 778,762 Hoosier Seniors pay more for preventive services under Medicare, and
  • deny 946,768 Hoosiers age 47-54 Medicare’s guaranteed benefits, instead replacing Medicare with a voucher system. [CBO, 3/20/12; CBPP, 3/20/12; Kaiser, 3/21/12; HHS, 3/19/12]

Republicans continue to attack Medicare even though a recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll showed that 70% of Americans want to keep Medicare “as it is today, with the government guaranteeing seniors health insurance and making sure that everyone gets the same defined set of benefits.”

Mourdock’s budget will increase out-of-pocket health care costs for Hoosier seniors by as much as $5,900.
His Budget will replace traditional Medicare and its guaranteed benefits and instead give seniors vouchers to purchase private insurance or Medicare.  As with the first Ryan Budget, the value of the vouchers would not keep up with the rising cost of health care.  Once again, insurance companies would reap big profits as seniors would be forced to pay as much as $5,900 more for the benefits they have now.  [CBO, 3/20/12; CBPP, 3/20/12]

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]



Richard Mourdock’s budget would drastically hurt education and training programs.
Investments in education and training programs would fall from the current amount of $426 per person to $223 per person in 2022.  These devastating cuts would "mean fewer people will have access to the education and skills training they need to fuel economic productivity and compete for good, secure jobs in labor market."  [Center for American Progress, 3/20/12]

Mourdock’s budget would lead to less opportunity for young children to attend school.
In 2014, 200,000 less children may have access to early education, such as pre-school.   Over the next ten years, 2 million children may be affected.  [OMB, 3/21/12]

Mourdock’s budget would cut funding for Head Start in Indiana.
Head Start would be slashed by $6.5 million in FY 2013 and by $22.7 million in FY 2014. That would eliminate 991 enrollment slots for poor children in 2013 and 3,074 in 2014. It would also eliminate 300 jobs in 2013 and 1,050 in 2014. [NEA, 3/26/12]

Mourdock’s budget would eliminate services to students and education jobs.
Mourdock’s budget would cut Title I Education funding for grants to Local Educational Agencies in Indiana by $14.5 million in FY 2013 and by $50.9 million in FY 2014. That would result in 11,839 students with reduced or eliminated services in 2013 and 41,654 in 2014. It would also eliminate 200 jobs in 2013 and 720 in 2014. [NEA, 3/26/12]

Mourdock’s budget would slash funding for special education.
Mourdock would cut special education grants to states through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in Indiana by $14.5 million in FY 2013 and by $51.1 million in FY 2014. That would result in 9,055 students whose costs shift to states and districts in 2013 and 31,859 in 2014. It would also eliminate 210 jobs in 2013 and 720 in 2014. [NEA, 3/26/12]

Mourdock’s budget would hurt 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’s budget would cut Pell Grants for Hoosier students by $72,300,000.
That would mean a difference in 10,182 recipients, and a difference in average award of $165 per student. [Senate Democrats, 3/2012]



Mourdock: Employers Can Refuse To Cover Cancer.
“Of particular interest to the candidate is a mandate that requires an employer to pay for certain services they may be morally opposed to — such as birth control — which Mourdock said he opposes.

But is that fair to the consumer, who may want their birth control covered?

Mourdock’s example was an employer who decided to cover everything but cancer.

‘Does that employer have the right to do it? I would say yes they do if they want to keep their health care costs down but it also means it’s less likely you’re going to want to work here. If that employer wants to get the best employees coming in the door he’s going to offer the best insurance possible.’” [News and Tribune, 6/13/12]

Mourdock Believes Only A Small Percentage Of Americans Are Uninsured.
“Mourdock said the problem with the 2010 health care law championed by Obama is that it tries to be everything to everybody. But in so doing, Obama is shooting a cannon at a fly, he said, because only a small percentage of Americans are uninsured, with many of those facing only temporary hardships.
He said the result is compromised health care. ‘If someone develops the methodology to help that narrow group of people, I’d certainly look at it,’ he said. ‘But let’s not cloud the real issue.’” [The Republic, 6/13/12]

  • Indiana has 864,400 uninsured, 14% of the population. Among the US population: 16.3% uninsured. [Kaiser]

Mourdock’s plan to repeal and replace health care reform would leave 72 million Americans uninsured by 2022.
According to a study by the Commonwealth Fund, Mourdock’s plan to repeal and replace health care reform would undo the popular market reforms that would expand coverage such as eliminating restrictions for preexisting conditions and allowing children to stay on their parents’ plans through age 26, and convert Medicaid into a block grant. These steps would swell the numbers of uninsured Americans. [TPM, 10/2/12]



Mourdock supports so-called free trade agreements that ship Hoosier jobs overseas.
Mourdock supports trade agreements with Panama, Colombia, and South Korea, which promotes and protects outsourcing. Mourdock also signed the Americans for Tax Reform pledge, which protects tax breaks for outsourcing companies and oil company tax loopholes. [Denver Post, 10/31/10; Chattanooga Times Free Press, 9/13/08]

Mourdock was endorsed by the Club for Growth, a radical special interest that opposes Chinese currency crackdowns.
Reported The Hill, “The Club for Growth has urged lawmakers to vote no on the bill, warning that the vote will be included in the group’s 2011 Congressional Scorecard, used to measure how fiscally conservative they are. ‘Sherrod Brown’s bill would result in higher costs to American consumers, and would be devastating to economic growth,’ Club for Growth President Chris Chocola said in a statement. ‘Starting a trade war with China will have no winners and many losers. The Club for Growth instead urges Congress to pass pro-growth legislation that will reduce the cost of doing business so we can create more jobs here.’” [Politico, 9/29/11]

Mourdock changed his position on Chinese currency manipulation in order to earn the Club for Growth’s endorsement.
Mourdock failed to garner the Club’s endorsement during their first meeting. Mourdock told Roll Call that he “remains unsure why his first interview went so badly with the club, during which he said he was asked about trade policy with China and the foreign country’s fluctuating currency value.” But during their second meeting the Club’s President gave Mourdock several books on foreign currency exchange. After that meeting, the Club began their financial backing of Mourdock’s campaign. [Roll Call, 5/9/12]

Mourdock’s budget encourages companies to ship Hoosier jobs overseas.
His budget proposes a tax system where companies do not have to pay taxes for profits made abroad. As the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities explained, such a system “would be an extremely strong incentive to shift profits and production overseas.” [CBPP, 2/28/12]



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