Although it’s a long time before the May primary, Richard Mourdock is going full steam ahead on his campaign to unseat 35-year veteran U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar.
Mourdock, the current Indiana Treasurer, hopes to take a few lessons from Indiana to Washington, D.C. if elected in the Republican primary next May.
“We need people who aren’t afraid to make some tough decisions,” he said Thursday morning at the Journal Review offices. “We have had to make some of these kinds of decisions in this administration and look at where it has gotten us. We are in a place a lot of other states would like to be in. We have spent within or means and that is what Washington needs to be doing.”
Mourdock was referring to last week’s announcement that the State of Indiana has better than expected revenues figures. The state ended the fiscal year with nearly a $1.2 billion surplus.
Mourdock also said he would give support to Senate Bill 1340, which is known at “Cut, Cap and Balance Act of 2011.” This bill has passed the U.S. House, and is now under consideration in the U.S. Senate.
“The political maneuvering in Washington is childish and should be embarrassing to us as a nation,” he said. “It’s time to end this game of financial chicken where each side keeps daring the other to make a true commitment as to where and how cuts and caps should be implemented.”
According to Mourdock, 27 senators are in support of the bill, but his opponent is not.
“I would co-sponsor the bill and work to build support for it,” he said. “Sen. Lugar remains totally silent on the issue when he should be joining Senate conservatives.”
Mourdock said this is just one of a number of issues where Lugar is losing touch with Indiana voters.
“In my extensive travels of Indiana, I’ve heard hundreds of times from primary voters who feel Sen. Lugar is out of touch with their Republican philosophy on spending and fiscal issues,” he said. “Republicans want budget reform now. They want cuts. They want caps. They want a balanced budget amendment. By not serving as an original co-sponsor to S.B. 1340, Sen. Lugar has validated the thinking of many.”