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Mourdock attacks 'Obama Joe' Donnelly in Indiana

Republicans across the country have sought to counter-attack on Medicare by pointing to the $700 billion Democrats squeezed from future Medicare spending in order to pay for it. The issue has become problematic for them, though, because GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan's plan, approved by the House, would partially privatize the program.

“Richard Mourdock has run a pathetic campaign, and now he’s depending on secretly-funded special interests and shameful lies to bail him out,” said Paul Tencher, Donnelly’s campaign manager.  “No amount of shady Wall Street money will change that Richard Mourdock questioned the constitutionality of Medicare and Social Security.  Mourdock's budget would end the Medicare guarantee and raise out-of-pocket costs for seniors by more than $6,000.  Joe Donnelly has stood up to protect Medicare and will fight for Hoosier seniors in the Senate.”

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During his primary against Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.), Mourdock argued that programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid were not constitutional rights and therefore should not be considered sacrosanct.

"I challenge you in Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution where those so-called enumerated powers are listed. I challenge you to find words that talk about Medicare or Medicaid or, yes, even Social Security," he said then.