GOP favorite to campaign for Indiana GOP Senate pick
May 18th, 2012
10:02 AM ET
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GOP favorite to campaign for Indiana GOP Senate pick

(CNN) - Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida will be the first top name Republican to team up in person with Richard Mourdock, the two-term Indiana state treasurer who soundly defeated longtime Sen. Richard Lugar in last week's GOP Senate primary.

A Rubio aide confirmed to CNN that the first term senator, who's popular with Republican and conservative voters, will headline a fundraiser for Mourdock on June 4 in Carmel, Indiana.

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Mourdock, who enjoyed strong backing from local and national tea party groups and other leading fiscal conservative organizations, beat Lugar by more than 20 points in the primary. Lugar, the longest serving Republican in the Senate, was criticized by Mourdouck and his supporters as being too moderate and too willing to work with Democrats in the Senate, and was attacked for his votes in support of the Wall Street bailout and President Obama's Supreme Court nominees.

Mourdock will face off in the November general election against Rep. Joe Donnelly, the three-term Democratic congressman who represents Indiana's second district, which includes South Bend and other areas of the north-central part of the state.

Rubio enjoyed his own strong support from tea party groups and other fiscal conservative organizations in his 2010 Senate victory. The freshman senator is thought to one of many possible candidates presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is considering as a running mate.

The Rubio fundraiser was first reported by the Courier-Journal newspaper, which covers southern Indiana and Louisville, Kentucky.

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Filed under: Congress • Indiana • Marco Rubio • Richard Mourdock
soundoff (10 Responses)

    Teatards united. Let's see your DREAM Act Marco. Or was that just for show?

    May 18, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  2. NVa Native

    GOP's favorite anchor-baby on the lose.

    May 18, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  3. Martha in CF

    Rubio still has milk on his lips. He does not have enough experience. Give him another 50 years!!!!!!!!! He's all talk and no act.
    Obama/Biden 2012

    May 18, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  4. WiredweirdinSF

    I knew as soon as I saw this article, that the demonic, drug crazed hateful left would have already attacked and since they are trying to protect their no work, no tax, no responsibility way of life, they did.

    May 18, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  5. Common Sense

    Go get those recycled career politicians lad!! show them what you got!!

    May 18, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  6. Data Driven

    Yeh, we don't want our elected representatives working together. Vote for the Tea Party whack-job, Indianans.

    May 18, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    FYI: Rubio's name is kept in the media by the Republicans for one reason only, he will run with Jeb Bush in 2016. Rubio has no accomplishments other than being a Cuban and Hispanics aren't stupid people who don't recognize that. Rubio has sold his soul to the devil to pleasure him, he's a Judas.

    May 18, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  8. SoSad

    RUBIO, Turncoat Cubano! Check to see how many past due bills he owe's and who has paid them off?

    May 18, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  9. Sniffit

    Dude is a few pickles short of a Cuban.

    May 18, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  10. BeverlyNC

    Rubio is no leader. He does not even work to help his own Cuban natives in FL. His parents did not flee Castro as he claims. The timelines he tells do not match up. He is just as illegal as any Mexican who crosses the border looking for a better life yet he looks down on immigrants.
    His candidate he is there supporting is another extremist tea party candidate. Have we not seen them do enough damage in our Congress? Why would we elect an single one to any office? They only have extreme social agendas that have nothing to do with jobs, education or America's future in this global marketplace. These Republicans cannot see beyond their lunatic "Christian" beliefs they want to shove down our throats and break our Constitutional tenet of keeping church and state separate. These are not leaders just destroyers who need to kept at home and away from all political office.

    May 18, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |