NEW DONNELLY AD: Mourdock’s Troubling Pattern of Extreme Positions

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Indianapolis, Ind.--Today, Joe Donnelly’s campaign for U.S. Senate unveiled its latest ad displaying Richard Mourdock’s troubling pattern of extreme opinions.

“Not only has Richard Mourdock said he wants to ‘inflict’ his opinions on us, he has shown a troubling pattern of extreme positions that are out of touch with Hoosier middle class families,” said Elizabeth Shappell, communications director.  “He has questioned the constitutionality of Social Security and Medicare, he said pregnancies resulting from rape are something God intended, and claimed he didn’t take a pledge to support every job in Indiana.  Hoosiers deserve a common sense, middle-of-the-road leader like Joe Donnelly, not an extremist like Richard Mourdock.”

Watch the new ad here.

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Narrator: He says he wants to...

Mourdock: ...to inflict my opinion on someone else.
Richard Mourdock says the “highlight” of politics is the chance to “inflict” your opinion on someone else. [Daily Rundown, 5/9/12]
Narrator: And Richard Mourdock’s opinions: Pregnancy cause by rape is something “God intended.” During the second debate between between the three candidates for U.S. Senate, Mourdock argued that pregnancies resulting from rape are intended by God. [Second Indiana Senate Debate, 10/23/12]
He says Medicare and Social Security are unconstitutional. Mourdock Challenged The Constitutionality Of Social Security, Medicare, And Medicaid. In April 2011, Mourdock spoke at a Madison Tea Party event and stated “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.” [Madison TEA Party Rally, 4/16/11]
He attacks jobs creation, saying he “didn’t take a pledge that I would support every job in Indiana.” 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]
Newspapers call Mourdock’s out of the mainstream attacks a troubling pattern. The Indianapolis Star Called Mourdock’s Repeated Poor Choice of Words “A Troubling Pattern.” The newspaper editorialized that “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.”[Indianapolis Star, 10/25/12]

The Louisville Courier-Journal Called Mourdock A “Tea Party Extremist.” The newspaper argued that Mourdock “exceeded extreme” in claiming that pregnancies from rape are “what God intended.” [Louisville Courier-Journal, 10/25/12]

The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette Says That Mourdock’s Frequently Cited Comments “Are Not ‘Gotcha’ Statements Taken Out of Context.” “Mourdock has repeatedly and infamously denounced bipartisanship, even saying that if he is elected but the Democrats continue to control the Senate, his only job will be to campaign to gain the majority.” [Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, 10/22/12]
My way or the highway, the wrong way for Indiana.  

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