Political Notebook


Donnelly, Mourdock not looking past Election Day

Indiana’s major-party candidates for the U.S. Senate share common ground for a change.

Neither Democrat Joe Donnelly nor Republican Richard Mourdock will say whether, if elected, he will vote to retain the current Senate leader of his caucus -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

“I don’t even want to speculate on that,” Rep. Donnelly, D-2nd, said about Reid during a recent visit to Fort Wayne. “No. 1, I haven’t been elected, and I have a long way to go (until the Nov. 6 election). And I don’t know who will be running. So I haven’t even thought about that issue.”

State Treasurer Mourdock said the same thing when asked Thursday about McConnell during a campaign stop in Fort Wayne.

“I don’t make any commitments on that because we’re just going to have to see how this plays through,” Mourdock said.

“I’ve certainly had a great relationship with Mitch McConnell. I don’t know of anyone else that’s even interested in running. But frankly, that’s so far down the road, I don’t even think of it.

“I’ve got one day ahead that I’m looking at, and that’s Nov. 6,” Mourdock said.

Mourdock said he did not think he would be attending the Republican National Convention on Aug. 27 to 30 in Tampa, Fla. He said he did attend the 2008 convention in Minneapolis.

“I would love to be invited to do that,” he said about prospects of a speaking part at the convention, “but I don’t see that happening. I don’t think we’ve gotten any inquiries to do that.”

Donnelly said he has no plans to attend the Democratic National Convention on Sept. 3 to 6 in Charlotte, N.C.