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May 9th, 2012
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Richard Mourdock: 'I don't think there's going to be a lot of successful compromise' in the Senate

After thirty six years in the Senate, Dick Lugar lost the Indiana Republican primary yesterday to Richard Mourdock, the state's treasurer who is supported by the Tea Party.

Following his concession speech last night, Lugar issued a statement criticizing the partisan environment in Washington and Mourdock's "unrelenting partisan mindset," writing that "unless [Mourdock] modifies his approach, he will achieve little as a legislator. Worse, he will help delay solutions that are totally beyond the capacity of partisan majorities to achieve."

On Starting Point this morning, Mourdock responded to this criticism, saying, "What I've said about compromise and bipartisanship is that I hope to build a conservative majority in the U.S. Senate so that bipartisanship becomes Democrats joining Republicans to roll back the size of government, reduce the bureaucracy, lower taxes and get America moving again."

When pressed to clarify this statement, Murdock asserted, "The fact is that you never compromise on principles...We are at the point where one side or the other will win this argument. One side or the other will dominate."

Filed under: 2012 Race • GOP • Politics
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