Prior to defeating Dick Lugar in the Indiana Senate primary just one month ago, Mourdock recalled being told that “a lowly state treasurer could never take a 36-year incumbent out of office.”
Mourdock, who is heavily affiliated with the Tea Party movement and has been endorsed by conservative groups such as the Club for Growth, FreedomWorks and Tea Party Express, focused on all the vitriol sent in his direction by members of the political establishment. Colin Powell joined criticism from predictable enemies Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Harry Reid (D-NV), with Illinois Democratic Senator Dick Durbin calling him the “Hoosier headache.”
Mourdock took pride in the name-calling, saying that our nation is at a moment of great significance. The two parties see solutions to our nation’s problems from two differing points of views, and we must make government less consequential in the day-to-day lives of all Americans.
Furthermore, Mourdock expressed frustration with Republicans who may vote with their conscience, but shy away from explaining and defending their votes and their principles. He called upon conservatives to face unfriendly faces, and defend American principles.