Bachmann, Norquist endorse Mourdock
May 2nd, 2012
06:14 PM ET
3 years ago

Bachmann, Norquist endorse Mourdock

(CNN) - Add Rep. Michele Bachmann and anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist to the growing list of national conservatives supporting Richard Mourdock in his quest to unseat Sen. Dick Lugar of Indiana.

On Twitter, Bachmann announced Wednesday her endorsement of the Indiana state treasurer, less than a week before Mourdock and Lugar face off in the Republican primary.

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"I am happy to endorse @richardmourdock today. Richard is a true conservative and we can count on him to stand up for our values," the former GOP presidential candidate wrote on Twitter Wednesday afternoon.

Mourdock and Lugar have gone to head-to-head during recent months in one of the nation's most heated and closely-watched Senate primary fights. Fueled by tea party support, Mourdock is hoping to oust the longtime incumbent from his current position as the most senior Republican in the Senate.

Mourdock has had support from top conservative groups, including Club for Growth and FreedomWorks, and last week Sarah Palin made headlines when she threw her voice in the race for Mourdock.

Meanwhile, establishment Republicans, like Arizona Sen. John McCain, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, have flocked to Lugar's side, urging voters to elect the senator to a seventh term. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Lunch Pail Republicans PAC, a pro-business, pro-labor group, also endorsed Lugar.

Also Wednesday, Grover Norquist, a prominent anti-tax heavyweight in Washington, endorsed Mourdock after Lugar declined to sign a "No New Taxes" pledge by Grover's group Americans for Tax Reform.

While Norquist praised Lugar, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Affairs committee, for his work on national security issues, he faulted the senator on economic policies.

"Senator Lugar's time in the Senate has been a rather long Seinfeld episode with 'no learning' taking place," Norquist wrote on his Facebook page.

Responding to the endorsement, Lugar's campaign hit back and defended the senator for having a "proven record of fighting for lower taxes and less spending."

"Senator Dick Lugar is proud to be endorsed by Indiana's leading job creators – a striking contrast to Mourdock's support from DC interest groups that bear zero responsibility for job creation or economic development in Indiana," campaign spokesman Andy Fisher said in a statement.

Indiana holds its Republican primary on Tuesday.

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Filed under: 2012 • Grover Norquist • Indiana • Michele Bachmann • Senate
soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Former Republican, now an Independent

    This is a clear indication that Norquist has Mourdoch in his pocket. Norquist should have went to jail with his cohort in crime, Jack Abramoff.

    May 2, 2012 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  2. Ritalu

    Michelle thinks she is the Iron Lady, however, all the lead sinks to the bottom of the heap.....Time to retire Michelle and admit defeat.

    May 2, 2012 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
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