Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock http://wfpl.org en Noise and Notes: The Mourdock Interview and Recapping the Congressional Challengers http://wfpl.org/post/noise-and-notes-mourdock-interview-and-recapping-congressional-challengers <p>Republican Richard Mourdock is in what was considered a tight race for Indiana’s Senate seat. But a recent <a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=2&amp;ved=0CDgQFjAB&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwfpl.org%2Fpost%2Fpoll-donnelly-takes-11-point-lead-over-mourdock&amp;ei=9rOWUP2jN5K-9QSpm4CYBA&amp;usg=AFQjCNH-udjl9GYENwS7aHfCxL0IP27wZw">poll has him down by 11-points to Democrat Joe Donnelly</a>, and observers say the race is leaning Democratic.</p><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">Before that poll was released, Mourdock was focusing on his small government policies and the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya, while trying to keep distance from his controversial comments about rape pregnancies.</div><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">&nbsp;</div><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;"><p>I talked to Mourdock about those remarks, working with the next president and why he thinks the Beghazi attack is being overlooked.</p><p> Sun, 04 Nov 2012 18:54:49 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 2315 at http://wfpl.org Poll: Donnelly Takes 11-Point Lead Over Mourdock http://wfpl.org/post/poll-donnelly-takes-11-point-lead-over-mourdock <p>With four days until the general election a new independent poll shows Democrat Joe Donnelly with a double-digit lead over Republican Richard Mourdock in the Indiana Senate race.</p><p>The survey conducted by Howey Politics Indiana and DePauw University has Donnelly up by 11 points, which is a significant jump from the 2-point lead that the Democratic congressman held in the same poll two months ago.</p><p>Observers point to Mourdock's controversial comments on rape pregnancies as the culprit for his plummeting polls numbers.</p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 15:02:01 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 2300 at http://wfpl.org Poll: Donnelly Takes 11-Point Lead Over Mourdock Mourdock: Donnelly Playing "Sleazy Politics" http://wfpl.org/post/mourdock-donnelly-playing-sleazy-politics <p style="">In a new television ad airing statewide, Republican Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock is going on the offensive in response to a series of attacks from his opponent and national Democrats.</p><p style=""><span style="">The spot slams Congressman Joe <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204530504578076811032194082.html">Donnelly for "sleazy politics,"</a> and escalates what has become a national race for control of the Senate. Mourdock's camp is specifically responding to <a href="http://www.wfpl.org/post/mourdock-rips-donnelly-over-dscc-ad">tough ad put out by the Democratic</a></span><a href="http://www.wfpl.org/post/mourdock-rips-donnelly-over-dscc-ad"> Senatorial Campaign Committee</a><span style=""> that targets the GOP nominee's comments about that pregnancies resulting from rape were intended by God.</span></p><p style="">Mourdock's campaign says Donnelly and the Democrats are "twisting" his word and "attacking his faith" over the issue of abortion.</p><p style=""><span style="">Watch:</span></p><p style=""><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/POqoP5TLltU" frameborder="0" height="360" width="540"></iframe><br> Sat, 27 Oct 2012 00:52:11 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 2206 at http://wfpl.org Mourdock Rips Donnelly Over DSCC Ad http://wfpl.org/post/mourdock-rips-donnelly-over-dscc-ad <p>Indiana Republican Senate nominee Richard Mourdock is blasting Democratic candidate Joe Donnelly for a blistering ad released by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee on Thursday afternoon.</p><p>The spot goes after Mourdock's <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2012/10/24/richard-mourdock-and-the-damage-done/" target="_blank">controversial comments about rape pregnancies</a>, and demands he apologize for the remarks. A day after, Mourdock said his words were inarticulate and said he was sorry if people misinterpreted them.</p><p>Watch:</p> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 22:32:52 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 2183 at http://wfpl.org Rand Paul Defends Mourdock, Plans Ads Supporting Him http://wfpl.org/post/rand-paul-defends-mourdock-plans-ads-supporting-him <p>U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is defending Republican Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock and argues the GOP nominee's controversial comments on rape will not affect this year’s election results.</p><p></p><p>Paul was in Louisville Thursday speaking to the Rotary Club, where he talked mostly about the gridlock in Congress, fiscal policy and foreign affairs. But the senator’s political action committee—Rand PAC—is stepping in the middle of the closely watched Indiana Senate race.</p><p> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 19:44:18 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 2173 at http://wfpl.org Rand Paul Defends Mourdock, Plans Ads Supporting Him Anti-Abortion Advocates Defend Mourdock, Pro-Life Views http://wfpl.org/post/anti-abortion-advocates-defend-mourdock-pro-life-views <p>Republican Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock has ignited a national firestorm for his abortion comments this week, but pro-life activists are coming to the GOP nominees defense and see the remarks as a chance to explain their views.</p><p>Democrats and Republicans have pounced on Mourdock after he said that pregnancies resulting from rape should not be an exception to an abortion ban because it is the will of God. At a press conference Wednesday, Mourdock stood by his position, but he explained that he abhors rape and apologized if anyone "came away with the wrong impression" from his statement.</p><p>Anti-abortion activist Rebecca Kiessling is a spokeswoman for Personhood USA. She says pro-life voters are are proud that Mourdock stood up for life against abortion even in cases of rape, and that critics are deliberately exaggerating his comments to score political points.</p><p>"Of course he was saying that the life of the child conceived in rape was created by God. And I believe that he’s in line with the overwhelming majority of Americans and Hoosiers who understand that God is the author of life," he says.</p><p> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 2153 at http://wfpl.org Richard Mourdock: "I Wasn't Very Articulate In What I was Saying" http://wfpl.org/post/richard-mourdock-i-wasnt-very-articulate-what-i-was-saying <p><strong>Update: 11:45 a.m.</strong></p><p>Richard Mourdock, the Republican Indiana Senate nominee, on Wednesday said the <a href="http://www.wfpl.org/post/mourdock-rape-pregnancies-something-god-intended">comments he made during a debate Tuesday night</a> regarding pregnancy and rape were not "very articulate," and added that he "abhors" rape.</p><p> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 15:14:20 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 2137 at http://wfpl.org Richard Mourdock: "I Wasn't Very Articulate In What I was Saying" Mourdock: Rape Pregnancies "Something God Intended" http://wfpl.org/post/mourdock-rape-pregnancies-something-god-intended <p>During the final debate in the Indiana Senate race on Tuesday evening, Republican Richard Mourdock said that pregnancies resulting from rape should not be exempt from an abortion ban because they are the will of God.</p><p>During the hour-long debate against Democrat Joe Donnelly and Libertarian <span class="st" dir="ltr">Andrew Horning</span>, the GOP nominee appeared to fight back tears while answering a question about his stance on abortion and women's reproductive health issues.</p><p>"I know there are some who disagree, and I respect their point of view. But I believe&nbsp;that life begins at conception.&nbsp;The only exception I have, to have an abortion, is in that case of the life of the mother," said Mourdock. "I've struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God. And even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen."</p><p>Watch the video:</p><p> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 01:02:21 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 2135 at http://wfpl.org Mourdock: Rape Pregnancies "Something God Intended" Democrats Plan to Drop More Money Into Indiana Senate Race http://wfpl.org/post/democrats-plan-drop-more-money-indiana-senate-race <p>Political parties and outside groups have already spent large sums in Indiana's Senate race, and voters can expect to see a surge in the last two weeks of the campaign.</p><p>Republican Richard <a href="http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20121018/LOCAL08/310189988">Mourdock holds a huge lead over Democrat Joe Donnelly in fundraising</a>, and conservative Super PACs have been running ads. But Democrats are planning to pump additional cash into the race as well.</p> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 19:42:02 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 2129 at http://wfpl.org Donnelly Holds 2-Point Lead in Indiana Senate Race http://wfpl.org/post/donnelly-holds-2-point-lead-indiana-senate-race <p>With two weeks until Election Day, Democratic Congressman Joe Donnelly released an internal poll Tuesday showing a 2-point lead over Republican Richard Mourdock in the Indiana Senate race.</p><p>According to the survey of 603 likely voters, the race is a dead heat with Donnelly at 40 percent, Mourdock at 38 percent and Libertarian Andrew Horning with 8 percent. The memorandum underscores that Donnelly leads Mourdock among independent voters by 5 points in the face of a fundraising gap.</p><p>From Global Strategy Group:</p><blockquote><p>"Despite spending millions—and outspending Joe Donnelly by nearly 2 million dollars—Richard Mourdock simply has not been able to convince Hoosiers that he is the right man for the job. Hoosier voters know that for Joe Donnelly, it’s about bringing people together to do what is best for the people of Indiana, not about divisive tactics that put politics ahead of what is best for Hoosiers."</p></blockquote><p> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 14:40:29 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 2114 at http://wfpl.org Donnelly Holds 2-Point Lead in Indiana Senate Race