For the first time this election, Mitt Romney is starring in a campaign ad on behalf of another Republican candidate. Romney’s candidate of choice is none other than Richard Mourdock, the Tea Party favorite in a tight race for a Senate seat, who says things like Medicare and Social Security are unconstitutional.
Romney has stumped for Mourdock before, saying “This is a man that I want to see in Washington” to “actually have the votes to get things changed.” He doubles down on his endorsement with the latest ad:
“This fall I’m supporting Richard Mourdock for Senate. As state treasurer, Richard worked with Gov. Daniels to balance the budget and make government more accountable. As senator, Richard will be the 51st vote to repeal and replace government-run healthcare. Richard will help stop the liberal Reid-Pelosi agenda. There’s so much at stake. I hope you’ll join me in supporting Richard Mourdock for U.S. Senate.”
What Romney does not mention here is Mourdock’s opposition to the very idea of a social safety net for seniors. Video of Mourdock shows the candidate mocking these programs, saying, “I challenge you to find words that talk about “Medicare” or “Medicaid” or, yes, even “Social Security.” Mourdock’s other statements include allowing businesses to deny insurance to Americans with pre-existing positions and abolishing Senate elections.
Mourdock is not the only extreme candidate Romney has embraced. Rep. Steve King (R-IA), with his anti-immigrant, birther, pro-dog-fighting record, earned a coveted endorsement when Romney said “I want him as my partner in Washington, D.C.”