By AMANDA GRAY
THE GOSHEN NEWS
A famous face made a stop in Goshen Wednesday night.
With just days to go before Tuesday’s general election, Republican Senate hopeful Richard Mourdock stopped at the downtown Goshen County Republican Headquarters before he went to another meeting at Antonio’s Restaurant in Elkhart.
“I wanted to say thank you for all of the work you’ve done,” Mourdock told the gathered crowd at the headquarters.
Mourdock was taking several days to visit counties in this area, according to Elkhart County Republican Party Chairman Dale Stickel. Mourdock said Monday marked the 628th day of this campaign, having announced his run for the seat in Feb. 2011.
“On that very first day, I said I was running because I wanted to give Hoosier voters a choice,” Mourdock said.
The biggest problem for voters is the economy and stagnant job creation, Mourdock said. He found fault with the Senate and President Barack Obama.
“This isn’t about hope and change anymore,” Mourdock said. “It’s, ‘Stop us if you can.’ That’s what Nov. 6 is about.”
The economy hasn’t improved since that time, and Mourdock said he wants to get legislation moving on job creation and the economy. He referenced the state of Indiana’s successful swing from a deficit to a surplus as evidence of what he can help create. Mourdock said his time spent as treasurer in Indiana taught him successful practices for government.
“Those are the kinds of policies we need at the federal level,” Mourdock said.
With many tight Senate races across the country, Mourdock said it’s in the voter’s hands to determine what party will lead the majority in the Senate.
“This race is a race of national importance,” Mourdock said. “Not because it’s Richard Mourdock and Joe Donnelly, or that it’s Republican versus Democrat, but that the winner of this race may determine the majority in the Senate.”
When asked by someone earlier in the day if he felt that situation was overwhelming, he said he was “ready for the challenge.”
“If you can’t tell, I’ve got the fire in the belly,” Mourdock said. The crowd laughed and cheered.
He called for the gathered crowd, made up of active Elkhart County Republican members, to work even harder the next six days to bring out voters.
“Tell them this race is about the leadership of the U.S. Senate, and the leadership of the country,” Mourdock said. “...I’ll promise you this: I will be working hard until 6 p.m. Central to bring this race home.”
Mourdock said he will spend Election Night at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis Tuesday.