June 3rd, 2012
10:25 AM ET
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Sen. Warner hits Mourdock's 'wacky' idea

Washington (CNN) - Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia on Sunday classified Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock's views on bipartisanship as "wacky."

Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union" beside Republican Sen. Dick Lugar, who lost his party's primary to Mourdock in May, Warner warned of the GOP candidate's ideas.

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"I think what Mr. Mourdock said is wacky," Warner told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley. "I don't know what Constitution he wants to defend."

Warner's criticism came in response to a recent Mourdock interview during which he said that "bipartisanship ought to consist of Democrats coming to the Republican point of view."

Mourdock, Indiana's treasurer, beat Lugar, the six-term senator known for his work across the aisle, on a fiscally conservative anti-compromise platform.

Doubling down, Warner said that finding common ground in Congress will be the only way to tackle the debt, taxes and entitlement reform, all of which he said are necessary to right the country's fiscal course.

"The notion that this election is going to be so overwhelmingly for one side or the other, that there's going to be a clear picture and one party's, you know, going to be able to rule the roost, I just don't see that happening," Warner said.

Similarly, Lugar said it would be a mistake to postpone larger discussions until after the election and suggested that the conversations begin now, perhaps surrounding previous plans submitted by the Simpson-Bowles Commission or the Gang of Six.

Congress will need to address the growing deficit and debt ceiling by year's end to stave off dramatic mandatory reductions in spending, among other cuts, agreed upon by both parties as part of last year's debt-ceiling deal.

If compromise could begin now, Lugar said, "I think the American people would be more relieved, and their thoughts about the Congress certainly would be much better."

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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. sqeptiq

    Marine1978, that is the most bassakward interpretation of Lincoln's slavery position I've ever seen. Lincoln started out wanting to leave slavery alone and ended up destroying it. In the beginning of the war he protected slavery and gradually switched to full emancipation. Your view is contrary to facts.

    June 3, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    GOP is a cult....

    June 3, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  3. Veteran For Truth

    Folks elected the GOP House to create jobs. And they have spent most of their time on legislated morality. The GOP and the Dems need to get ousted. I understand it is too close for this election, but we should only vote for Independents in the following election.

    June 3, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  4. Punisher2000

    GOP slogan for 2012: Mah way or the Hahway!! I wish I could go to the US spend some time during the elections. This has so much potential for fun. Instead, I will, come November be at a beach in NSW, having a beer and a spicy banger

    June 3, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  5. New

    Conservatism and Liberalism are necessary parts of a well functioning society and both are necessary for a healthy social order. Change and traditional values mix together and are remolded with each generation. Each part serves. Big government and big business, business and unions, capitalism and socialism, private and public sector. No one way serves to make a society, all serve. When one part predominates, refuses to compromise or negotiate, demands total capitulation from the other part(s), the wheels of a society freeze and we are all left in a lesser world. Compromise is strength, not weakness, courage, not cowardice, intelligence and reason, empathy and insight, the likely road to success.

    June 3, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  6. PaulC

    The thing that should keep you awake at night is if the Repugs win both houses of Congress and the White House.
    If you are in the top 1% you are golden otherwise.................................

    June 3, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  7. tony

    Pray that God saves us from the US religious right.

    June 3, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
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