On a fund-raising trip to Evansville, Ind. this weekend, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney appeared alongside Republican senatorial candidate Richard Mourdock, the state treasurer and tea party favorite, in Mourdock’s hometown.
A week earlier in Indianapolis, I spoke to Mourdock about his race against Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly, a former small business owner from outside South Bend. Polling released this week shows the contest is a dead heat.
Q: How much help do you expect Mitt Romney to give you in November?
A: People are so fearful of where this economy is going, they don’t want to support [Democrats.] He will be a big help, but I take nothing for granted. I’d have said [Obama] wouldn’t win in ’08, either, but he did.
Q: Do you worry about how you’re going to win over more moderate Lugar Republicans? [Mourdock bested longtime Senate Republican Dick Lugar in the primary.]
A: I worry about everything every day, so of course I do. But the primary showed Indiana voters look past negative attacks. Lugar spent a lot on negative attacks and it didn’t work.
Q: How does addressing a tea party convention [in Dallas the day before] help you with those voters?
A: People will have to make their own judgment on the fact I was asked to speak to a national conservative meeting, but I was proud to stand alongside [South Carolina Republican Senator] Jim DeMint [and other tea party heroes.]
Q: Have you been in touch with Lugar or his people? [This was four days before Lugar introduced Mourdock at a Republican senatorial lunch in Washington.]
A: Not directly, no. But in the end, he is a Republican.
Q: You didn’t endorse Romney or anyone else in the primary, right?
You can read the rest of this article at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/she-the-people/post/richard-mourdock-a-q-and-a-with-indianas-gop-senatorial-nominee/2012/08/05/ca11ceee-df0d-11e1-8fc5-a7dcf1fc161d_blog.html