INDIANAPOLIS — When a political contest becomes a “toss-up” like the Indiana Senate race between Rep. Joe Donnelly, D, and state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, R, it’s anyone’s game to win. On Friday, 4,000 Democrats welcomed their star center former President Bill Clinton to the North Central High School gymnasium for the “Hoosier Common Sense Rally.”
Clinton brought his “A” game to thunderous applause and foot-stomping enthusiasm in support of Donnelly and John Gregg, the Democrat candidate for governor.
“This is what I know,” said Clinton, “Everywhere in the world and everywhere in America that people are doing well, it’s because government and business work together …”
Clinton opened and closed with the belief that, “Cooperation and honorable compromise work better than constant conflict – they just work better. This deal that’s being presented to us by the group that now controls the Republican Party doesn’t work very well. Every time they’ve run it out in the last 20 years, it hasn’t worked very well and I frankly resent the fact that it’s called conservative because it’s not. I promise you, the four people on this stage, we are way more fiscally conservative than the people they’ve got running for president, vice president …” continued Clinton as the applause and cheers drowned him out briefly. Clinton stood with former Senator Evan Bayh, Donnelly and Gregg.
Clinton had tough words for Donnelly’s opponent, treasurer Richard Mourdock who filed a lawsuit to stop auto industry restructuring that nearly cost thousands of auto workers their jobs in Indiana. Clinton was critical of Gregg’s opponent Mike Pence for not supporting the auto industry and challenged Mourdock’s questioning the constitutionality of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Clinton spent several minutes on the importance of changes made to Federal student loans and also questioned Pence and Mourdock for again challenging these changes.