By Gary P Jackson
Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about!
Richard Mourdock, Senate candidate out of Indiana, is not only going after incumbent Republican Dick Lugar [or as he’s better known: “Obama’s favorite Republican”] he’s also ready to tackle the democrats head on.
Mourdock talks with Jeffrey Scott Shapiro at Breitbart News about it all:
Democrats are hoping that Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock’s decision to challenge 36-year veteran Dick Lugar for his Republican Senate seat may give them an advantage in the upcoming election.
But in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, the pro-Tea Party candidate says that he’s more confident than ever that mainstream, moderate Americans are ready to go Red. What they’re looking for, Mourdock says, are conservative candidates who are ready to stand up to unfriendly crowds–and that they want to elect Republican leaders with the charisma to convert liberals.
Apparently, Governor Sarah Palin agrees with him because she just endorsed Mourdock on Friday.
Here’s what Mourdock had to say to Breitbart News in the midst of this hotly contested primary, which comes to a vote on May 8.
BREITBART NEWS: You must have been very happy to see the endorsement from Governor Sarah Palin.
RICHARD MOURDOCK: I was indeed delighted to see it. It certainly was an endorsement that shows the national focus on this race is here…without question. Sarah Palin is where a lot of conservatives look to see where the focus should be. We’re glad to get her endorsement and that she’s signed on with what we’re doing, and that we’re going after a 36-year incumbent who’s been there too long and is clearly out of touch.
BREITBART NEWS: What do you say to people who are accusing you of risking losing a secure Republican Senate seat by challenging Senator Lugar?
RICHARD MOURDOCK: First of all, are we looking just to hold office to maintain the status quo? If I wanted to see Washington, D.C. hold the status quo I wouldn’t be doing this. By trying to make deals with the Democrats, we’ve only lost ground. [Democrat Majority Leader] Reid has demonstrated he’s not going to make deals, he’s not going to abolish ObamaCare or repeal Dodd-Frank. The idea that somehow we have these experienced statesmen that are going to negotiate this truce with the Democrats is just not true. I want to make the arguments to the unfriendly crowds because we’re going to make some converts. I want people to know we have an option; it’s called conservatism and yeah, it works. So, bring it, bring it. I’m ready–we’re ready.
BREITBART NEWS: Do you think part of the problem with your opponent is that he’s simply been around for 36 years and has become what some call an “Establishment Republican” who is out of touch with the current vibe within the GOP?
RICHARD MOURDOCK: Out of touch? I couldn’t have said it any better. One of the reasons I got in this was when I had members of the Republican committee say, “Please, will you consider running?” Well, I was stunned. Then, when I started hearing more county chairmen say, “I’ve never met Dick Lugar or talked to him. I can’t remember the last time he had a town hall meeting,” I started getting it. Lugar has a world view, but not a Hoosier View. People in Indiana like to see their politicians at the county fair or the Rotary Club. He’s a very respected person, but there’s a sense that it’s time.
BREITBART NEWS: What makes you the more conservative candidate?
RICHARD MOURDOCK: We had our debate the other night. Why am I the more conservative candidate? The last ten years–Senator Lugar believes government is the answer to every problem, [and] I believe it’s the source of every problem. He’s been struggling to raise the debt limit. If you look at taxation, gun rights, and property rights — even on foreign policy issues — I think most conservatives look back at the START treaty, a lot of conservatives thought it was going the wrong direction–and [to] weaken our position and let the Russians build up, we were worried that what was happening in Russia wasn’t going to hold up, and now Putin is back and so that position was justified. Obama has a leading from behind posture, and I don’t think Lugar speaks up enough. He was the first to come out for the Saudi plan to recall Israel to withdraw to their 1967 borders. Any time we send a message to the Middle East that we’re weakening Israel, we embolden Israel’s enemies.
This guy is the real deal.
Read more of his inspiring interview with Shapiro here.