- Posted August 4, 2012 by
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Presidential Election Politics Come to the Cornfield
Down on the Ohio River at the southern tip of the Cornfield, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney brought his roadshow to Evansville today. Joining the Mitt show for the day were former Vice President Dan Quayle and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell from across the river in Kentucky.
Romney did a bit of stumping for State Treasurer Richard Mourdock who is running as the Republican candidate for US Senate against Indiana Congressman Joe Donnelly. Mourdock knocked incumbent Senator Dick Lugar out of the ring during the May primary election. Mourdock and Donnelly are running neck and neck. It is uncertain if what was once a safe Republican seat may be lost to the Democrats this fall.
It is expected, unlike in 2008 when President Barack Obama broke with history and won the Cornfield, that Indiana will fall into Romney's column come November.
Romney cast himself and Mourdock as Washington outsiders when they appeared together at Stepto's Bar-B-Q Shack.
"There's only one place in America that doesn't seem to understand that you can't keep spending massively more than you take in every year and that's Washington, and one reason we're both going there is to change Washington and to make sure that we finally get ourselves on track to a balanced budget," Romney said.
Mourdock shared a story from 2008 when Romney traveled to Evansville after he ended his bid for the White House to campaign on behalf of presidential nominee Sen. John McCain.
"He is back and he's here in part because he is the ultimate team player. Politics is all about being a team. This is not a solo sport," Mourdock said at the barbecue place. About 50 people packed the interior while others lined up outside to meet Romney during his brief visit.
Mourdock used the show of unity with Romney to point out that his Democratic opponent was the one running away from President Barack Obama.
"I have to share with all of you a thought I had coming in today, how proud I am to stand next to the next president of the United States, Mitt Romney," said Mourdock.
"And it's funny my opponent, Joe Donnelly, doesn't want to be seen with their candidate. Isn't it amazing?"
From the Cornfield, while I do agree that Romney will probably carry Indiana this fall, Mourdock's chances are less assured.
As I have noted before, having 1st met Mourdock just over 2 decades ago while covering politics for the Linton Daily Citizen, I am not that impressed. Some of his rhetoric and his stubborness on the issue of bipartisanship leaves me cold.
At this time, like with many Hoosiers, I am leaning toward a vote for Donnelly. Donelly's record shows he can cross the line and compromise when necessary. Mourdock makes no pretense that he doesn't believe in compromise.