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Published on May 9, 2012

Richard Mourdock opposes direct election of senators
February 4, 2012 - New Carlisle Township Library

RICHARD MOURDOCK: "Repealing the 17th amendment. Do I think it will ever happen? No. Is
it something that I would like to see? Yes it is. And I'll tell you
the trackers in the room, my Democrat tracker friends who are here as
they always are probably seeing something that you'll see in a tv
commercial not too far from now. You know the issue of the 17th
amendment is so troubling to me, our founding fathers, again those
geniuses, made the point that the House of Representatives was there
to represent the people. The Senate was there to represent the states.
In other words the government of the states. I will tell you as
someone who spends a lot of time in the statehouse obviously, and a
lot of time in local government, one of the most frustrating things
state government and local government deals with are called unfunded
mandates. It's where the federal government will say you must do this,
and we're not going to pay for it. You got to figure out a way to go
get the money and you must do this. How many unfunded mandates do you
think would be coming from the United States Congress, if those same
Senators had to come back every two years to help those people get
reelected so they would elect them. You know I think most senators if
they had to come back every two years and by the way that would solve
another problem. It would solve the idea that Senators move out of
their state and never return. But it would cause those senators to
have much greater contact with their states. You know just think of
this. In today's you see millions and millions of dollars spent on
Senate campaigns. Two years ago, in 2010, Sharon Angle out in Nevada
spent 31 million dollars, just herself. How much money would be spent
in federal senate races if the state legislators were electing those
people. You just took the money out of politics. Is that a bad thing?"

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