Mourdock takes heat over YouTube blunder
June 26th, 2012
08:24 AM ET
10 years ago

Mourdock takes heat over YouTube blunder

(CNN) - Whatever decision the Supreme Court makes this week on the health care law, Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock of Indiana was certainly prepared with a response.

Four different videos were prematurely uploaded last week to YouTube, each one featuring Mourdock's official reaction to a slate of potential outcomes in the health care ruling.

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If the high court decides to overturn the controversial law, for example, the Senate hopeful said it was a moment to celebrate.

"Well, we've had our brief moment of celebration because the Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare is, in fact, unconstitutional," he said in one video.

But in the event the law is upheld, Mourdock was ready to pounce.

"Well, the Supreme Court has done what none of us really thought could happen," he said in another clip. "They ruled Obamacare constitutional."

Two other videos were posted online featuring his reaction to only a partial strike down of the law, as well as a possible pass on the decision all together.

Mourdock, the state's treasurer, rose to GOP fame this year after beating incumbent Sen. Dick Lugar, the longest serving Republican in the Senate, in the primary last month.

He now faces Democratic candidate Joe Donnelly, a U.S. congressman, in what could be a close race this November.

Indiana Democrats quickly jumped on the error. While the videos were taken down fairly quickly, some critics had already archived the footage.

"Richard Mourdock's bush league mistake is embarrassing because it reveals the truth: He's all about politics, not solving serious problems for Hoosier families. This pre-taped 'Choose Your Own Adventure' style response shows just how cynical Richard Mourdock is being in his struggle to get Hoosier voters to accept TEA Party politics," said Benjamin Ray, press secretary for the state's Democratic Party.

According to CNN affiliate WISH in Indianapolis, the Mourdock campaign issued a statement, saying, "All campaigns prepare comment ahead of time for an important Supreme Court decision like this."

The posting of the videos is attributed to a campaign staffer and a vendor for the Mourdock campaign, according to WISH.

The flap also became fodder for comedian Stephen Colbert, who poked fun at the videos in his Comedy Central show on Monday. Mimicking the videos, Colbert created his own reactions to a whole new set of faux-Supreme Court reactions.

"The United State Supreme Court has done what none of us expected: The mandate has been struck down, there's been another recount, and George Bush is president again," Colbert joked.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    I do not care what this guy says, this healthcare passed is USA dire need which is passed with bonafide intent.

    June 26, 2012 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  2. Vincent

    I saw this on Colberts show and it was pretty hilarious 😀

    Im sure most officials (public or private) would have some idea of what response they would make for various eventualities. So i dont know if its really a big deal. The funny part is just that he made the videos already and they all got uploaded accidentally 🙂

    June 26, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  3. jose

    this is great. let those republicans continue to post stuff on the internet. it shows their ignorance and incompetence.

    June 26, 2012 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  4. realitychecks

    do we pay for his healthcare? cut him off....let the tea party pay for his perks, hes been exposed and needs to be removed. lets send him to alaska!

    June 26, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |

    You have to be stupid and brain dead to vote for these teaparty extremest bafoons ,they should be gone in Nov .

    June 26, 2012 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  6. enuff

    Isn't that what they do whenever they are waiting for a jobs repoert, etc? It isn't just coincidence that a reply is sent immediately when there is less than perfect economic report. Murdoch was just stupid enough to hit the "send" before. It just shows that he is more pre-occupied with politics as usual, then he is offering solutions to get this nation back on track. To use atypical repubulican response: FAiLED!

    June 26, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  7. Just a thought

    Yeah ...what this country needs in the senate, is a tea-fool that won't negotiate with the other side. Another idiot that says my way or the highway. Yes we need more gridlock.

    I am so sick of everything GOP-Tea, that I feel like puking everytime I see one of these losers. When did our country decide to follow the dumbest of the dumb and think that was a good thing.

    Anyone who votes republican needs to have their heads examined. No one in that party is reasonable or can be dealt with. All members of the GOP/Tea fool party are like those kids in the neighborhood that sat on their porches...ugly, greedy, selfish and mean as can be. No one wanted to play with them and vice versa. Why would we put them in leadership today?

    June 26, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  8. v_mag

    In a strange way, this is encouraging. It means he didn't know in advance what the outcome of the Extreme Court decision was. It also means that Mourdock is an idiot, but that fact WAS known in advance.

    June 26, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |