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. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    It looks like Lugar is hitting some stiff head winds. He's been there too long and should probably be replaced. We need people that know how to shrink government spending and control, not grow it.

    May 2, 2012 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  2. BillSD33

    This should give the election to Lugar!!

    May 2, 2012 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Now we have two more reasons to dump the right wingnut and person of questionable ethics, Mourdock.

    May 2, 2012 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  4. Clyde

    Norquist and Bachman are not conservatives – they're egomaniacal lunatics. We need to return to the definition of what conservative really means. And why should respectable Indiana Republicans care about what these two idiots think? I respect Dick Lugar for not signing allegiance to Norquist. Congressmen should only swear allegiance to the the United State of America. I refuse to vote for anyone who signs allegiances that gives up their responsibility to make decisions.

    May 2, 2012 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  5. B

    The extremists have to stick together, no room for a moderate in good standing.

    May 2, 2012 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  6. rs

    If Mr. Mourdock signs on to Mr. Norquists' pledge against or above the U.S. Consitution, or the needs or those he intends to represent, he should not run!

    May 2, 2012 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  7. PJ/TX

    Romney must have signed the "Norquist Pledge". How comforting. Maybe the Republicans could replace the
    "Pledge of Allegiance" with the "Norquist Pledge" at their Convention, then celebrate by shooting bullets in the
    air.

    May 2, 2012 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  8. A Disgusted Former Republican

    Norquest is a traitor to the United States and Bachmann is a certifiable lunatic so what do their endorsements mean? Dog poop?

    May 2, 2012 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain

    There's something seriously wrong with Grover Norquist. He was in 7th grade when he came up with his no-taxes-under-any-condition philosophy. You know the one, where if the choice was between raising taxes and letting Grandma die, we'd have to just comfort ourselves with "photographs and memories" (Google "norquist colbert taxes" if you want to see the video.)

    Norquist also famously told the attendees at CPAC earlier this year to just hold their noses and vote for Mittens:

    "Pick a Republican with enough working digits to handle a pen to become president of the United States. This is a change for Republicans: the House and Senate doing the work with the president signing bills. His job is to be captain of the team, to sign the legislation that has already been prepared."

    Yep, Grover wants Mittens because, like GW Bush, he'll do as he's told by the REAL power behind the presidency. (Koch brothers, Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, Norquist, etc.)

    Only a fool will vote Republican this November, only a fool ...

    May 2, 2012 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  10. Flipper Rmoney Failure Ahead

    It's a testament to the GOBP cult's moral, intellectual and political bankruptcy for it to even be possible that somewhere in Indiana an undecided voter is thinking "Hmmm, I wonder who Michele Bachmann wants me to vote for?"

    May 2, 2012 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Bachmann is never present to vote in her own job. When Hillary Clinton was a Senator we never saw her running all over the place like Bachmann taking care of everybody elses business but her own.

    May 2, 2012 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  12. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    Sounds like the kiss of death to me, the guy might as well hang himself now!!!!

    May 2, 2012 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  13. MaryM

    You repubs be sure to goose step in time to Norquist commends!

    May 2, 2012 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  14. Bootstomper

    Horrible people period.

    May 2, 2012 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  15. Larry L

    These are the radicals who actually want America to fail. The "pledge-takers" did all they could do to destroy America's bond rating and they were successful. Tea Party politicians substituted all wisdom and judgement for the "pledge" they took. Anarchy is not the vision America needs – not now... not ever.

    May 2, 2012 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  16. vic , nashville ,tn

    Sen. Dick Lugar more conservative than Romney but Michele Bachmann and Grover Norquist endorse Romney yea Romney richer than Sen. Dick Lugar

    May 2, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  17. Pander Bear

    Reason enough to vote for Lugar if you are GOP.

    May 2, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  18. Slightly Left of Center

    Michele, Michele, Michele. You are no more relevant today than you were...um...ever.

    May 2, 2012 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  19. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    Rover nitwitquest and BACHMANN are probably the two most hated people in the whole USA , Dem landslide coming in Nov, thanks teaparty freedom works and Dick armey and tom delay, the teapublican clowns behind it .

    May 2, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  20. Joan

    Why are so many people afraid of Grover Norquist? He is not an elected politician and therefore should have absolutely no influence on party policy. If he wants to control policy, then he should run in an election and see how he does. He is actually a lobbyist and has blackmailed many Conservatives to sign his silly "pledge". If they don't go along with him, he and his buddies will blackball them in their next election bid. Is that democracy? The only pledge the elected officials should follow is their pledge to ALL of their constituents, not just their right wing members. The Congress has been a dismal failure since 2010 and that is because of the hardline members of the right who won't even listen to other's suggestions. It is their way or the highway. They have had Speaker Boehner dancing like a puppet. It would be better for America if the extremests got voted out and experienced, sensible members like Sen. Lugar were kept in. That would make for a fairer, more capable Congress but that probably won't happen.

    May 2, 2012 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  21. Al,NY-NY

    this is great. you have "somewhat normal" republicans supporting a man who dared to even speak with Democrats facing off against complete fanatics who demand compliance to every doctrine no matter what backing to T-B candidate. The GOP is doomed

    May 2, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  22. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    I bet nobodys going to endorse BACHMANN in her failed attempt at getting realected in mn, thanks teaparty morons.

    May 2, 2012 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  23. Dr Matrix

    This is the best endorsement possible for Lugar.

    May 2, 2012 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  24. CBR

    These are two people who should have trouble getting a following. This country does not need any anymore people in office who cannot work with others and come forward with a negotiated agreement. My way or the highway candidates are not what this country needs right now.

    May 2, 2012 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  25. Rick

    Both are evil Republicans. Dictate and control the currect Congress. The only way for change is to defeat all Republicans. We cannot allow a few special interests to take away the voices of the people. Republicans are in fear of Norquist and the religious right. Get educated and vote smart in November. Seniors, don't allow the Republicans to lie to you.

    May 2, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
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