Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan plugs Richard Mourdock in Indiana speech, despite ad
VP candidate attends GOP fundraiser
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INDIANAPOLIS - Republican vice presidential Paul Ryan is rebutting a Democratic Senate ad by asking Hoosiers to "please, please, send us Richard Mourdock."
Democrats have been using a clip of Ryan disagreeing with Mourdock's view on compromise to argue that Democrat Joe Donnelly should win Indiana's open Senate seat.
But Ryan said Hoosiers need to overturn the Democratic leadership in the Senate, in part by helping Mourdock win in November.
Ryan spoke Monday at a fundraiser in Indianapolis. Ryan did not make any public appearances while he was in Indianapolis, because the GOP is looking for money, not votes, from Hoosiers.
"If you're a Republican coming to Indiana, it doesn't really do you any good to talk to voters, or technically to talk to the media, because you've basically got Indiana sewed up," said RTV6 Political Insider Abdul-Hakim Shabazz. "So basically you just want to use Indiana as a cash machine, like an ATM, slide your card in, take some money out and then run next door to Ohio, where you really need the help."
Audience members said Ryan's speech focused mostly on the economy.
Mourdock aide Brose McVey said Mourdock met with Ryan before the speech. He said the two talked about Gov. Mitch Daniels' fiscal management of the state.
Mourdock is running in a tight race with Donnelly after defeating longtime Sen. Richard Lugar in May's Republican primary.
Several dozen union demonstrators turned out to protest Ryan's visit, saying they take issue with Romney's and Ryan's "anti-union policies."
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