Evansville, Indiana (CNN) - Mitt Romney will likely win Indiana in November but Saturday he visited the Hoosier state to help the U.S. Senate campaign of Republican Richard Mourdock.
The presumptive presidential nominee also attended a fund-raiser that included former Vice President Dan Quayle and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell from neighboring Kentucky.
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With fewer than 100 days to go until the election, Romney has been campaigning primarily in key battleground states. In Indiana, his party risks losing a safe Republican Senate seat after Richard Lugar, Indiana's longest-serving senator, was defeated in the primary by tea party-backed candidate Mourdock, who will face Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly in November.
Romney cast himself and Mourdock as Washington outsiders when they appeared together at Stepto's Bar-B-Q Shack.
"There's only one place in America that doesn't seem to understand that you can't keep spending massively more than you take in every year and that's Washington, and one reason we're both going there is to change Washington and to make sure that we finally get ourselves on track to a balanced budget," Romney said.
Mourdock shared a story from 2008 when Romney traveled to Evansville after he ended his bid for the White House to campaign on behalf of presidential nominee Sen. John McCain.
"He is back and he's here in part because he is the ultimate team player. Politics is all about being a team. This is not a solo sport," Mourdock said at the barbecue place. About 50 people packed the interior while others lined up outside to meet Romney during his brief visit.
Ahead of their joint appearance, one Democratic group was characterizing Mourdock as "Indiana's extremist tea party" GOP senate nominee.
Mourdock used the show of unity with Romney to point out that his Democratic opponent was the one running away from President Barack Obama.
"I have to share with all of you a thought I had coming in today, how proud I am to stand next to the next president of the United States, Mitt Romney," said Mourdock.
"And it's funny my opponent, Joe Donnelly, doesn't want to be seen with their candidate. Isn't it amazing?"
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Show AMERICA your TAX RETURNS!
Why does the Tea Party, that is supposedly full of patriots, support Romney who hid in France, while brave soldiers died in Vietnam?
During the Vietnam war Romney avoided military service at the height of the fighting after high school by seeking and receiving four draft deferments, according to Selective Service records. They included college deferments and a 31-month stretch as a "minister of religion" in France, a classification for Mormon missionaries that the church at the time feared was being overused.
Romney=the more things change the more they stay the same
I'd rather get an endorsement from Elmer Fudd than from Dan Quayle!
Washington doesn't need anymore goofs like BACHMANN and these two teabag bafoons ,Gop train wreck in,Nov.
Judging by the expression on Mourdock's face, it seems like he doesn't want to be seen with Romney also.
I continue to be amazed at the hypocrisy and corruption of the Obama administration and it's corrupt DOJ, led by the arch criminal Eric Holder. This "Justice" Department regime which upheld the right of the Black Panthers to stand in front of a polling place in Philadelphia, which is fighting tooth and nail against Voter ID laws is now suing the state of OHIO for allowing service members stationed overseas extra time to cast their ballots. Unbelievable hypocrisy, election tampering and corruption.
Oh no... Not another "we're gonna change Washington" campaign... NOBODY is going to fall for that tired old BS line...
Hay romney the TWIT ,give up after you lose this. Time ,I'm sick of see your face and sick of your say nothing big mouth ,go back to prep school and shave some heads moron.
Great photo op – – they will both lose in November. Mourdock is the clown who has flatly stated that, if elected, he would refuse to work across the aisle and the only way forward is for people to do things the republican way. He will get pounded in the general by the more moderate democrat, despite Indiana's general GOP tilt.
It amazing anyone want to be around Romney now, He can't win the election, He can't even be Honest with the American People, Come on Romney what are you hiding from the American People we have a right to know Even most Republicans are shying away Yep the Republican have pick the biggest looser of all time, maybe in the next election they will do some research on who they pick to run for President.
Anytime you include Mitch McConnell in anything, you are saying you don't care about America. the man gives the word "politician" an even slimier sound.
Oh yes. They intend to change it by not negotiating, by saying no to compromise. Do they thing we are all fools like they are?
Old beat GOP losers.
Why don't u start by doing the same thing all other candidates have done Willard. Show us your taxes.
Politics and teams? Unless your name is President Obama. Then you try and steal the ball and run home.
How about you tax returns, Mitt? We are waiting.
We still have not heard ONE thing that Romney stands for, nor have we seen that he has integrity in any way... or else he would have nothing to hide with his taxes, Massacusetts computers, Olympic files, shutting out reporters from meetings including overseas fundraising, and refers to Americans as "you people"...He has shown to me that he is a snake.
Oh my – there is a pair to draw to...
So, he's an outside team player? Romney may win the state, but I don't think that he is going to win the White House. As for the Senate, that will stay with the Democrats. I don't think that the House will get any more Republican though.
The American people are not stupid Mr. Romney. Your word is not good enough. The American people have a right to see your tax returns before they cast their vote. Why are you so afraid?Why are you so afraid?
Mourdock is a radical right-wing extremist who can't be allowed anywhere near Washington. Please America, reject these America-hating, Teabagger domestic terrorists.
Mourdock is so extreme right-wing, he makes Ted Nugent and Rick Santorum look like Dennis Kucinich and Bernie Sanders.
George W. Bush "changed" America exactly like a Romney Administration would create change – for the worse! This is a pitiful candidate and the and Republicans need to get a grip on their Party – now it's just a bunch of fat-cats and Tea Party radicals.
What team pray tell? The GOP team or the American team?