Mourdock doesn't anticipate Senate compromise

CNN Wire

11:29 AM CDT, May 9, 2012



Fresh off his Republican primary victory Tuesday, Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said he doesn't anticipate successful compromise in the Senate and hopes bipartisanship will be defined as Democrats backing the Republican agenda following the 2012 elections.

"I hope to build a conservative majority so bipartisanship becomes Democrats joining Republicans to roll back the size of government, reduce the bureaucracy and get America moving again," Mourdock said Wednesday on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien."

Mourdock, who beat six-term incumbent Sen. Dick Lugar in part by attacking Lugar's work across the aisle, said those on both sides of the aisle should not compromise their principles.

"One side or the other has to win this argument, one side or the other will dominate," the two-term state treasurer said.

Lugar was critical of Mourdock's approach to governing throughout their primary battle, a message he furthered in a statement after his electoral loss Tuesday night, in which he said a change in his philosophy will be necessary if he hopes to succeed as a legislator.

"His embrace of an unrelenting partisan mindset is irreconcilable with my philosophy of governance and my experience of what brings results to Hoosiers in the Senate," Lugar said in the release. "He will find that unless he modifies his approach, he will achieve little as a legislator."

But Mourdock, who was supported by local and national conservative grassroots groups early in his bid, reiterated his vow to stand by his convictions, which he said include rolling back the size of government and lowering taxes.

When asked which current representatives he would model his service after, if elected, Mourdock referenced Republican senators Jim DeMint of South Carolina and Mike Lee of Utah, who both enjoy significant backing from those associated with the tea party movement and are known as fierce defenders of a fiscally conservative platform.