May 9th, 2012
09:15 AM ET
3 years ago

Mourdock doesn't anticipate Senate compromise

(CNN) – Fresh off his Republican primary victory Tuesday, Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said he doesn't anticipate successful compromise in the Senate and hopes bipartisanship will be defined as Democrats backing the Republican agenda following the 2012 elections.

"I hope to build a conservative majority so bipartisanship becomes Democrats joining Republicans to roll back the size of government, reduce the bureaucracy and get America moving again," Mourdock said Wednesday on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien."

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Mourdock, who beat six-term incumbent Sen. Dick Lugar in part by attacking Lugar's work across the aisle, said those on both sides of the aisle should not compromise their principles.

"One side or the other has to win this argument, one side or the other will dominate," the two-term state treasurer said.

Lugar was critical of Mourdock's approach to governing throughout their primary battle, a message he furthered in a statement after his electoral loss Tuesday night, in which he said a change in his philosophy will be necessary if he hopes to succeed as a legislator.

"His embrace of an unrelenting partisan mindset is irreconcilable with my philosophy of governance and my experience of what brings results to Hoosiers in the Senate," Lugar said in the release. "He will find that unless he modifies his approach, he will achieve little as a legislator."

But Mourdock, who was supported by local and national conservative grassroots groups early in his bid, reiterated his vow to stand by his convictions, which he said include rolling back the size of government and lowering taxes.

When asked which current representatives he would model his service after, if elected, Mourdock referenced Republican senators Jim DeMint of South Carolina and Mike Lee of Utah, who both enjoy significant backing from those associated with the tea party movement and are known as fierce defenders of a fiscally conservative platform.

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Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Dick Lugar • Indiana • Richard Mourdock • Senate
soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. Amazing

    CAn someone remind this clown that the word compromise means a settlement of differences in which EACH SIDE makes concessions. What he describes is nothing more than a bully tatic. It is a shame that our democracy continues to dumb down with so-called leaders like this! I sincerely hope the people of Indiana are smarter than those voting in the Republican primary.

    May 9, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  2. Tex71

    Seriously?
    He "hopes bipartisanship will be defined as Democrats backing the Republican agenda...?!?!?!?!?!?!?
    ?!?!?!?!?!
    Mourdock's definition of compromise is everyone does what he says! That sounds a lot more like Stalin than Lincoln.

    May 9, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  3. Common Sense

    Yay! Yet another child headed to Washington who will insist on getting everything they want or they will take their ball and go home. Looks like a few more years of absolutely nothing happening in Congress, why do we pay these fools?

    May 9, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  4. Silent Majority

    "Bipartisanship means 'do what I want you to do.'"

    Can't wait to vote against this guy. Represent me in Congress? No thank you.

    May 9, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  5. bethjoyce

    "Richard Mourdock said he doesn't anticipate successful compromise in the Senate and hopes bipartisanship will be defined as Democrats backing the Republican agenda following the 2012 elections" Really?!! So biparisanship isn't defined as Replicans backing the Democratic agenda followint hte 2008 elections? What is this--My way or the highway? I guess that's how the Republicans operate.

    May 9, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  6. Elizabeth

    This is exactly why nothing gets done in congress. If we keep electing people like this, can we complain when nothing gets done?

    May 9, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  7. JD in Moraga, CA

    "I hope to build a conservative majority so bipartisanship becomes Democrats joining Republicans to roll back the size of government, reduce the bureaucracy and get America moving again," Mourdock said Wednesday on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien."

    That doesn't sound like "bipartisanship" – that sounds like more of the "my way or the highway" hate speech that we've been hearing from this lot over the last couple of years.

    May 9, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    The idea of rolling back the size of government, killing jobs at the bottom end of the economy when the economy needs to grow is the worst possible thing to do. Become a deficit hawk in a strong economy. Doing so now will only send us back into recession, increase debt because of decreased revenue, and put our economy on the same path as the austerity striken economies in Europe. If you want to know what austerity does in a bad economy, look there.

    May 9, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  9. Bootstomper

    This guy is clueless.what you don't agree with me well of to the concentration camp. Come on Indiana wake up vote democratic.These tea party clowns don't realize that our great country was built on tolerance and compromise.

    May 9, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  10. Andrew

    Yeah this sounds like someone who belongs in congress. Just what we need. Get rid of the few that actually work together for the better of this country with these types of people who outright say they are unwilling to work together. Good work again by the far right in this country.

    May 9, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  11. GonzoinHouston

    He wants a conservative majority? Good luck with that. Thanks to the GOP the senate now requires 60 votes for anything more controversial than a pay hike for themselves. Indiana is a conservative state but they may not accept a TP wingnut. Even if he wins he's at the bottom of the seniority list, so Indiana loses influence either way.

    May 9, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  12. Bill

    Thank you tea bag party. This seat flips to dems. in November.

    May 9, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota

    Beyond stating the obvious in that Mourdock will NOT become a United States Senator, and therefore what he "thinks" serving no useful purpose to me, I'd like to take the time to thank Dick Lugar for his service to our country. He was a man I very much respected.

    May 9, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  14. Jeetu

    You mean that you want to make your rich firends richer at the cost of the middle and poor class suffering further. Republican policies have made this country always worse for the common citizen and make the divide between the rich and the poor all the more wider.

    No, we will not have the republican majority in the House or the Senate in Novmeber. And, we will make sure the WH does not get occupied by Romney. Then, we will move this country forward and stronger and show these republicans that they always rely on propaganda rather than good deeds for the common citizen.

    May 9, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  15. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    People who hate "Government" sure beat down the doors to get a pay day from Government and all the Lobbyist. They are all liars.

    May 9, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  16. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    well at least he admits what the GOP refers to as compromise which is that the Democrats agree with THEM and the Repubs offer NOTHING!

    May 9, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  17. The Greedy Old Pigs declared class war on US!

    Typical un-American GOBP cult member.

    May 9, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  18. Sandy

    Hopefully his "no compromise" stance costs him the election. We do not need these people in office refusing to move the country forward!

    May 9, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  19. Al-NY,NY

    .....great. "My way or the highway" typical of the gop. No wonder they've got such low approval.

    May 9, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  20. gt

    why not..do you think boxer or lehaey are going to come to the middle....nope....

    May 9, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  21. The REAL Truth...

    Wow.. he's as delusional as the rest of the Teapubs in Congress. Politics is all about compromise and if you can't, then you'd better watch your back come election time. For the good of the country, this partisan garbage needs to go!

    May 9, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  22. Dave

    Whatever, clown. Remember, what goes around comes around.

    May 9, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I read Sen. Lugar's parting missive, truthfully heartbreaking.
    To have this man replaced with this ideologue does NOT bode well for improving bipartisanship in our governmetn and moving our country forward. I can't help but wonder what were Hoosiers thinking when they allowed this to happen.

    May 9, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  24. Jimm

    Exactly what is wrong with politics today.

    May 9, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  25. 1twinsfan

    Frankly, anyone, Dem or Repub, that isn't willing to compromise and negotiate is not fit to hold public office.

    May 9, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
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