TRI-STATE: The political punches are flying as both sides are going in to the election season ready for the tough fight it promises to be. U.S. Senate hopeful from Indiana, Richard Mourdock, came to Eyewitness News Studios Friday to talk about the election and the challenges he's facing.
It wasn't the Olympic start the Mitt Romney campaign was hoping for as a statement made by the presumptive republican candidate for president about London's security readiness comes back to bite him hard.
London papers are slamming Romney for the comments. The Daily Mail dubbed him "The Party Pooper. The Times of London calls him Nowhere Man, and, The Sun calls him Mitt the Twit.
As the Romney camp works on international damage control, republican senate hopeful Richard Mourdock is making the rounds, visiting his native Vanderburgh County. When asked if Romney's recent gaffs do more harm than good, Mourdock said he's with Romney.
"I think he was being very wise, in a political sense, to be cautious. Can you imagine how the media, how the public would react if he said, 'Oh yeah, it's great, it's perfect' and then something horrific did happen. I think he was giving an honest assessment."
As many candidate pivot to issues of the economy and national security, many voters say they feel disenfranchised by the dog fight elections have become.
One man tells Eyewitness News, "Both parties are so polar right now and there's no middle ground for anything."
Another answered, "I don't think the fighting is really necessary. I think they could state their platform without the divisiveness."
The Mourdock campaign this week released a new ad, targeting his democratic opponent Joe Donnelly, as a long-time supporter of the president's plans; plans, Mourdock calls, failed.
"The only ads we ever run, we show votes, we show the dates of the votes and the bill number. If that's considered a negative ad, then maybe that vote shouldn't have been cast because we're just speaking of the record."
Mourdock continued, "There's no compromise between the two positions. You can not do it. The voters, this fall, are going to decide which of the directions we're going to go and, I hope, they choose the side of smaller government and greater freedom, which is certainly where I stand.