INDIANAPOLIS - Former President Bill Clinton boosted the campaigns of the Indiana Democrats running for Senate and governor with a rally in Indianapolis.
Clinton drew frequent applause from the crowd that filled the North Central High School gym late Friday morning as he promoted Senate candidate Joe Donnelly and gubernatorial nominee John Gregg.
Clinton took several swipes at Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, describing him as an ideologue rather than a commonsense leader.
"Dick Lugar was a bona fide conservative. He thought a lot of stuff should be done at the state and local level or private sector that I thought the federal government out to help in. He voted against me more than half the time, but when the interests of the country were on the line, we got together and we worked together," Clinton said. "Sen. Lugar’s opponent was excoriating him for working with President Obama on national security matters – do you really think it’s a Democrat or Republican issue whether Osama bin Laden and a lot of al Qaeda leadership is gone now? I thought that was an American issue."
Clinton ridiculed Mourdock's so-called, "My Way Or The Highway" philosophy.
"I was raised to believe that nobody's right all the time," Clinton said. "Now maybe Mr. Mourdock is, I don't know. He's way right all the time, I know that."
Donnelly is locked in a tight race with Mourdock and told the crowd that heavy early voting turnout this week shows strong interest in the election.
Clinton tore into Republicans for an agenda that he said would tear down the middle class, and he said Americans have learned several things from the economic problems of the past five years.
"An economy of shared prosperity is better than one that starts with the theory that it'll all trickle down," Clinton said. "What else did we learn? We learned that a philosophy of 'We're all in this together' works a lot better than 'You're on your own.'"
Appearances by the presidential and vice presidential candidates have been few and far between this campaign season. Clinton is the Democrats' top surrogate campaigner. He has been in Indiana numerous times over the years to campaign for his wife and other candidates.
Democrats think the Senate race in Indiana is critical and could help determine control of that body.