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Mourdock meets with county GOP

Monday, January 16, 2012

Indiana United States Senator candidate Richard Mourdock, a Republican, was the guest speaker at the Clay County Republican Club meeting Monday. [Order this photo]
Current Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock is fond of recalling famous quotes and speeches by Abraham Lincoln when he meets with constituents.

On Monday, Mourdock referenced Lincoln's "House Divided," speech. Lincoln gave the address June 16, 1858, in Springfield, Ill., after accepting the Illinois Republican Party's nomination as United States Senator.

Mourdock was quick to point out not much has changed since Lincoln gave the speech.

"We are a house divided," Mourdock told members of the Clay County Republican Club. "But like Mr. Lincoln, I do not believe the house will fall."

The 60-year-old Republican was the guest speaker at the club's event, which took place at the Clay County Senior Citizen's Center, 120 S. Franklin St., Brazil.

Mourdock said he's pleased with the direction the Republican Party is heading.

"We've got great things going on," he said. "We need to go forward as a party to state a vision as to what this country can be."

Mourdock is running for the senate seat currently occupied by Richard Lugar, who has given 50-plus years of his life to public service.

"I have great respect for (Lugar)," Mourdock said. "(Fifty years of service) is no small thing."

However, Mourdock said when he officially threw his hat in the ring in February 2011, he wanted to take his brand of conservatism to Washington, D.C.

"We are living in historical times," Mourdock said. "We get to play our role in history."

Mourdock stressed Republicans must, "sell the argument. Sell the idea. Sell the message of conservatism."

"Bipartisanship has taken us to the brink of bankruptcy," he added.

In addition, 8th District Congressman Larry Bucshon and State Representative District 44 Jim Baird, were also in attendance.

Both were given an opportunity to give updates on the state of the state and the state of the union.

Baird said the Right to Work Bill is on the agenda for Tuesday and the state legislature is also looking into the Amazon Bill, where the state could collect a sales tax over Internet purchases.

"Things are really moving fast," Baird said.

Bucshon also provided an update from the federal level.

"It's a mess," Bucshon said. "But we've made some progress."

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I'm happy with Senator Lugar. He's run a respectable campaign, and has a solid record of attendence at his job, something his opponent can't say.

-- Posted by j94hawk on Mon, Jan 16, 2012, at 11:12 PM

His conservative voting record is only 76%. Wonder why the democrats want him to win? Because he supported Kagan, & Sotomyer. He has been part of the problem for 35 years raising our debt limit time and time again. He has respectfully had his chance. He failed. It is time for someone new to step in. richardmourdock.com

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Tue, Jan 17, 2012, at 2:50 PM

I agree with ConservativeDad. Lugar's been in too long. He's been a good man and a good politician, but it's time to move on. I'm moving on, too.

Mourdock really impressed me last night, as did Ind. Rep. Baird and U.S. Rep. Bucshon.

BTW, were you there last night, ConservativeDad?

-- Posted by steve47834 on Tue, Jan 17, 2012, at 10:14 PM

I'm not sure what you exactly find impressive about someone who only showed up to about 1/3 of the meetings he was supposed to attend in 2011. Lugar may not be perfect, but at least he can do his job AND campaign. Mourdock is doing a disservice to Indiana by serving a second term. We all thought his attendance was bad enough before he decided to run for Senate. Now it's even worse!

I urge Treasurer Mourdock to resign from his position so we can have someone in there who is fully committed to their job.

-- Posted by j94hawk on Wed, Jan 18, 2012, at 5:35 PM

One thing that you have forgoten about Lugar is,

He is known as Obama's favorite Republican.

-- Posted by CALL'EM AS I C'M on Fri, Jan 20, 2012, at 9:01 PM

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