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Leading Senate Republicans are piling behind Indiana tea party star Richard Mourdock in a quickly escalating race against an unexpectedly strong Democratic rival. There's one notable exception: the six-term senator Mourdock vanquished by more than 20 points in May's Republican primary.

"I've not been a factor in the campaign, and I do not intend to do so," Sen. Richard Lugar told conservative Indiana blogger Abdul-Hakim Shabazz in an interview posted Monday.

But the tea party star is getting support from other big GOP names as Republicans and Democrats throw big money behind Mourdock and Democrat Joe Donnelly in a race that suddenly seems competitive. Republicans need to gain four seats to take control of the 100-seat chamber, a task that appeared in reach a few months ago but has lately become uncertain.

Campaign spending in the state tells the story of the neck-and-neck race: The Democratic Senate Campaign Committee is spending $516,000 on a new ad in Indiana this week, while the National Republican Senatorial Committee is going on air for the first time with its own buy worth $650,000.

Mourdock, who has insisted policy-making means forcing Democrats to bend to conservative ideas, has had trouble translating his win over Lugar into a muscular general election campaign against Donnelly. So the GOP is sending reinforcements.

On Monday at an Indianapolis fundraiser, GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan exhorted Republicans to "please, please, send us Richard Mourdock!"

Other prominent party members are lining up behind Mourdock, too. Scheduled for a pair of fund raisers next week: Sen. Dan Coats, also of Indiana, Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio and Texas Republican John Cornyn, head of the Republicans' Senate campaign committee.

But in the interview posted Monday on IndyPolitics.org, Lugar said he is sitting out the campaign. The comment came after Lugar in May called on voters to support Mourdock, and introduced him to Senate Republicans during a luncheon in July - a courtesy departing senators often bestow upon candidates.

Until Monday, Lugar had never ruled out campaigning for Mourdock.

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  • No compromise
    Where was the compromise when Pelosi was Speaker? Remember her saying "we won get over it". Donnely voted for Pelosi as Speaker. If Donnely wins he will do what ever his Union masters and Flea party leaders tell him.
  • fence sitter
    It's not the Tea Party that is the problem here. It's the Liberal Democrats who are seeking to undermine every principle this nation has been founded on. And it's the idea that motion for the pure sake of being in motion is a good thing. "We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are entitled to certain inalienable rights and that among these are LIFE..." - need I say more on this one? "LIBERTY" - gun control, freedom of worship (within the church walls but not outside), exclusion of God in any public setting (Americans are free to talk about anything except God) "and the PURSUIT of happiness" - handouts galore, etc... We are not entitled to be happy, only free to pursue it. Here's another phrase you might be familiar with (Jefferson, Paine or Thoreau quote - take your pick): "The government that governs least governs best" I for one am glad that the Tea Party has gummed up the wheels of Congress. If nothing is moving, it can't be messed up any further by the radical left. At least the Tea Party is buying time for a more responsible government (okay, that's an oxymoron...I know) to intervene and start getting this country back on the rails. It's time to stand up to the bullies on the left. They are a loud, vocal minority that has damaged the very moral fiber of this nation to the point where, I fear, it is at risk of falling apart. So... is Mourdock perfect, the answer is no. But at a minimum, he can act as a blockade for the democrat destruction machine.
  • observe
    all you have to do is remember his comments while running against Mr. Lugar and also Lugar's replies and vote accordingly.
  • But it's the Tea Party
    I just can't bring myself to support a Tea Party candidate. The tea party has essentially promised to make it so nothing gets done and no compromises can be made. He will only make things worse - perhaps I just won't vote at all this year.
    • Total wrong
      I like Lugar and he is backing Muddock, which is a tea party, and will not work with other across the isle.Mourdock, who has insisted policy-making means forcing Democrats to bend to conservative ideas,that is not the way to be even if it was Joe Donnelly said that.I would say the same thing. But Muddock you will not get my vote period, and I hope others will see what you are for. An idiot.

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