INDIANAPOLIS-- TEA Party Senate candidate Richard Mourdock has doubled down on his extreme rhetoric comparing contemporary politics to the Civil War and slavery, telling the Huffington Post that he stands by statements as a “history buff.” It’s no surprise--Mourdock has been caught making similar claims on video at least nine different times over the course of his Senate campaign.
Mourdock has used references to Lincoln’s speeches frequently during his campaign, referring to the US being a “house divided” in tax policy, immigration, and the role and size of government. Such arguments frequently compared low-income Americans to slaveholders. He most recently has argued that the polarization of the 1860s is similar to today’s political climate. Quoting Lincoln, who was speaking about slavery, Mourdock asserted that the Chrysler rescue was based on the “same tyrannical principle.” Mourdock also called his decision to file suit against Chrysler a “Rosa Parks moment” in 2009.
“Richard Mourdock has made ten separate references to slavery and the Civil War during this election. It’s shameful, but he’s happily defending himself as he embarrasses Hoosiers with his behavior,” said Indiana Democratic Party Chairman Dan Parker. “Surely Richard Mourdock can find a better way to make a point than to draw a comparison to the darkest period in American history.”
Whitley County (6/11/11): http://youtu.be/Z5uAj-cN3XI
Owen County (7/16/11): http://youtu.be/_04reB8v0Zk
Huntington (7/25/11): http://youtu.be/RqsTrJYsTqw
Anderson (7/30/11): http://youtu.be/FbVIUGbV7mo
Syracuse (9/13/11): http://youtu.be/jfSaKCCDCa0
Lafayette (9/21/11): http://youtu.be/wL2U2WYZEMY
Lawrence Township (4/10/12): http://youtu.be/1dqOkGWzyCQ
Fishers (4/12/12): http://youtu.be/svUEH6A_I7Q
FreePAC (7/26/12): http://youtu.be/R0oRz12vU8Y