Romney and Mourdock to 'change Washington'
August 4th, 2012
07:38 PM ET
8 years ago

Romney and Mourdock to 'change Washington'

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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Filed under: 2012 • Indiana • Mitt Romney • Richard Mourdock
soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Now there is a pair to draw to. Two complete idiots in the same room. If Mittens gets elected and creates a depression, will it still be Obama's fault? KMA Mittens.

    August 4, 2012 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  2. clemvinson71

    oh you silly hoosiers....

    Can we just relocate Indiana (preferrably to the middle east.. Indianastan has a nice ring to it). I'm so tired of Indiana being the "anchor of the great lakes". For a state named after native americans, they sure are a bunch of stuffy white men... Is there even a single town in Indiana named after native americans? Any state that hates its own culture has to be suspect, right?

    Just stop it you silly hoosiers....

    August 4, 2012 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  3. once upon a horse

    isn't this the guy that already said NO COMPROMISE even as he came in after his election? Yeah they'll change Washington alright...change the approval rating from 11% down to 6%.

    August 4, 2012 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  4. Sally's Special Services

    Reblogged this on Mitt Romney an American for President 2012 and commented:
    "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.

    August 4, 2012 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  5. Mike Parkhurst

    If you divide the 4.2 million jobs that Obama claims were created in the past 30 months while that soumds impressive it works out to an average of only 140.000 jobs a month. Far less than the 300.000 monthly that is the benchmark for just modest growth. After Reagan called a halt to Carters recession the job increase was 800.000 monthly. Think.Do the math.

    August 4, 2012 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  6. texasgreenacres

    They got to get there first and that an't gonna happen!

    August 4, 2012 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  7. mathew

    Mourdock and Romney working together to give record tax break for the top earners. They will be rubber stampers for the non compromisers. Mourdock is not shy to say that compromise to him is tax break for the rich. huh

    August 5, 2012 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  8. rsamps2

    Not. Funny, the Democrats have performed admirably in trying to work with the obstinate Republicans- especially the ridiculous tea partiers- & now Willard Romney, an insecure man who doesn't fit in well with people, alludes to bringing both sides together? Won't happen. With Republicans, its "my way or the highway". So all that we need to do to get back to business is to get rid of all Republicans who won't negotiate and collaborate with the Dems. Lately in D.C., that's been most of them. This election will be a referendum on the Republican obstructionism- Americans must not fall for the Rovian advertising & big money, & instead send the GOP a very strong message that they had better learn to play like adults.

    August 5, 2012 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  9. King

    well this sound like the bush era of disaster rapped in hope theories. lesson mitt we cannot afford to pay the rich tax cut money for them to replace American middle-class high wage earners, with computers, robots and cheap third world country slave wages. we need to hire our own workers rebuilding America infrastructure.

    August 5, 2012 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  10. J.V.Hodgson

    Presumptive to say Indiana is a definite republican win as it looks highly likely the senate race will go to Donnelly.
    After that we'll see.

    August 5, 2012 12:34 am at 12:34 am |

    All the moderates are getting kicked to the curb. Where will there be room for compromise? There won't be any. The republicans want it their way or the highway and we all know that's not going to happen. if you think there's gridlock in Congress now, this is just the tip of the iceberg. And heaven forbid if Willard becomes President and he has a radical Congress. God help us all!!!

    August 5, 2012 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  12. mk1

    I know many many people in Indiana and I sure hope they are smarter than to elect a guy like Mourdock.

    August 5, 2012 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  13. Eng -mustafe mohomud ali

    we know that president obama is best president last years, therefore everybody should give his vot to our great president that let the economey hight, rememeber bush's team whwt was the economey of the global it became very low poor condition, so let the man manly obama

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    August 5, 2012 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  14. Marry

    „…tea party-backed candidate Mourdock…“ This should be proving enough to know that this guy will not be a „team player“ or to put is more accurately, no team player with anyone who has not “pledged” something or is not with “them”! You know what these people have done in the House and Senate over the last years, right? Party of “NO” is all they are, not the party of solutions… Romney just explained it himself: "Expecting a different result (from the GOP-TP I would add) is the definition of insanity."

    August 5, 2012 03:59 am at 3:59 am |
  15. frag

    Dan Quayle, Mitch McConnell? Mitt, didn' your mother teach you to be careful of the company you keep?

    August 5, 2012 04:17 am at 4:17 am |
  16. Nameaearle

    I c, team player, not America player. No just support the parties view on everything, screw what's good for the people as a whole just shove down their throats what we say is what u need. Their was a political party in the 20's & 30's, whose policy was just say no to everything the other party proposes no compromise, we know what's best for everyone, u can figured out the rest as they say It's history

    August 5, 2012 04:26 am at 4:26 am |
  17. Dnick47

    Yep, going back to the Nixon era, Hiding what we don't want seen (like tax returns), bold face lying, corruption on a massive scale.... that's how Republicans change Washington.

    August 5, 2012 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  18. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    These two clowns are going to change what the republicans have broken? Are they going to break it more? Baggers, birthers, bigots, Birchers, and bat crap crazy right wingnuts are not the solution to get America working for all Americans.

    August 5, 2012 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  19. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I noticed that Mittens' supporters have really gotten nasty. They have said things that even the Taliban would not say. Single issue voters that support Mittens think that he is white, while other teavangelicals agree that marriage should be defined like Mittens' grandfather defined it : a holy union between one man and 5 women. The anti abortion group thinks it is OK for Romneycare to pay for abortions, the bat crap crazy group thinks that plutocrats are better than communists, and the chickenhawks desperately want a new war.

    August 5, 2012 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  20. ghost

    One loser supporting another. That makes for a to time loser. Go mitt.

    August 5, 2012 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  21. Ricardo

    Mr. Next President show the American people ur tax record. If u have nothing to hide like u said let us see it n we can judge. U seems a nice guy but not an honest one. Sorry the trust nothing but the truth mr. Next president.

    August 5, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
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