The tea party Republican candidate who defeated Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar (R) after six terms in Tuesday’s GOP primary says that his definition of “compromise” means that Democrats will have to come around the the right’s way of thinking.
“What I’ve said about compromise and bipartisanship is I hope to build a conservative majority in the United States Senate so that bipartisanship becomes Democrats joining Republicans to roll back the size of government, reduce the bureaucracy, lower taxes and get American moving again,” Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock told CNN on Wednesday.
“What I hear you say is you are not going to compromise,” CNN host Soledad O’Brien observed. “In fact, the only compromise you’ll do is really getting other people on the other side of the aisle to your side of the aisle, which I guess is the definition against compromise.”
“It is the definition of political effectiveness,” Mourdock replied.
“Political effectiveness, you’re saying, is not possible with compromise,” O’Brien noted. “Some people would say political effectiveness in the Senate requires compromise. There are many issues that cannot be done if you do not get bipartisan support. You’re not going to work towards bipartisan support?”
“The fact is you never compromise on principles,” Mourdock explained. “If people on the far left have a principle they want to stand by, they should never compromise. Those of us on the right should not either. Compromise may come in the finer details of a plan or a budget.”
“We are at the point where one side of the other will win this argument,” he added. “One side or the other will dominate.”
Watch this video from CNN’s Starting Point, broadcast May 9, 2012.
(h/t: National Journal)