U.S. Senate candidate from Indiana Richard Mourdock this week thanked former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin for her endorsement of his campaign and credited the momentum it provided him as being a major contributing factor in his May 8 primary win during an interview with LaDonna Hale Curzon, Host and Executive Producer, Sarah Palin Radio.
During the interview, Mourdock said that he had respect for Richard Lugar, the 36-year entrenched moderate who he defeated in the primary. Mourdock said he saw Lugar “not as an enemy, but as an opponent for a time.” He said if Lugar wanted to campaign for him, he would welcome it, but the final decision would be Lugar’s to make.
Curzon asked Mourdock who he thought would be a good vice president for Romney and Mourdock said either Marco Rubio or Rob Portman would be good choices. Neither Mourdock nor Curzon said anything further about Romney.
Gov. Palin has endorsed six candidates this year and primaries have been held for two of her endorsed candidates: Deb Fischer and Richard Mourdock, both of whom won. US Senate (Texas) candidate Ted Cruz’s primary is May 29; Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch face a recall election on June 5; and US Senate (Utah) candidate Orrin Hatch’s primary is June 26.
Gov. Palin’s 2012 endorsement success rate is 100% for candidates in which an election has been held.