A day after delivering U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar's first loss in almost 40 years, Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock wasted no time taking aim at his Democratic opponent in the Nov. 6 general election.
In a stop Wednesday at Allen County Republican Party headquarters, Mourdock laid out his battle plan against U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly, blasting him for votes in favor of President Obama's stimulus package and health care reform law.
"It is a record that will be linked time and time again to Barack Obama, and that is not going to win in the state of Indiana," Mourdock told a cheering roomful of GOP boosters.
Democrats started to gloat after Mourdock's win Tuesday in the Senate primary, claiming his tea party support and hard-line conservative stances would make him a vulnerable target in the fall.
But Mourdock compared Donnelly, of Granger, to former Rep. Brad Ellsworth, who was soundly beaten in 2010 by Sen. Dan Coats.
And Mourdock brushed off claims that he would not make a strong general election candidate, noting he has twice won statewide office.
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