Transcript: Indiana GOP Senate candidate Richard Mourdock’s concession speech
Transcript: Republican candidate Richard Mourdock’s concession speech after losing the Indiana Senate race on Nov. 6, 2012:
*Excerpts exclude Mourdock’s acknowledgement of his campaign staff by name
Thank you all for a wonderful round of applause there. I truly appreciate it.
Obviously when you work hard in campaign, you have speeches in the back of your mind as to what you’re going to say and how you’re going to do it.
Again, you’re never quite prepared to come forward with a speech that is required tonight…
In coming to this conclusion tonight, for this campaign that began 634 days ago, I have to tell you it has been an experience I will never ever forget.
As I told a reporter earlier today – he asked what would be the overwhelming memory of this experience regardless of what would happen win or lose, and I told him that without question the thing that has given me the most satisfaction and, indeed, the most inspiration is having spoken to so many Hoosiers over the last 6 months that I’ve talked to for only a moment and I hear a different accent in their voice.
They’re not the people who were born – as most of us were – in the United States of America. They were born in other places around the world. And they came to this country and they express their love of country in a way that exceeds what most of us do who are natural born Americans.
And what I kept hearing in their voices over the last few weeks and months has been their concern that this country might in fact be slipping back into the kind of government and governing that they worked so hard to leave.
And as I stand here tonight and as I contemplate all that’s happening, especially with the Senate races across United States, I fear a bit and share even more their concern.
I’ve said many times over the last few months this race wasn’t so much about Richard Mourdock versus Joe Donnelly or even Republican versus Democrat but about the direction of our nation as a whole.
Tonight, my own disappointment aside, my concern for this nation grows greater. That’s not meant as a slap against Mr. Donnelly – I wish him well. Certainly, I congratulate him.
But I worry when Hoosiers who look at the state level – to see a state they are so proud of because it’s lived within its means and it’s made hard decisions. And yet, they’ve opted now to be supportive of that group in Washington that wants to constantly kick the can down the road, add to our debt, weaken us in vital policies that would yet make the world a more dangerous place, and somehow, I think, go against those basic strong traditions of Hoosiers, which is to say we are compassionate people. We look out for one another. We care about the next generation as much as we do our own.
This race comes to a conclusion tonight. I leave this podium again wishing Congressman Donnelly well in his new task, wishing the very best for all Hoosiers, and with great pride in a team that worked so hard for us over these past 634 days.
I’ve tried not to use the personal pronoun “I” standing here. But forgive me, I will for a moment.
Because as I will look back on this night – over the weeks, the months, the years ahead – I will look back knowing that I was attacked for standing for my principles.
I will look back knowing I was attacked for standing on my principles, for coming into this public process with the idea that you ought to put forward something to offer the public so that they can make a clear choice.
To all of you who are Republicans of longstanding, I hope you appreciate that I always tried to stand for conservative values.
For those of you who came to this process and God bless you – especially from the Tea Party who [sic] have never involved before, I hope you know that I stood and stand for the rule of law and the Constitution of the United States.
And last but not least – and last but not least – though I was attacked for it as well – make no mistake, I stand that all life is precious in the eyes of God.
Thank you all very much and God bless you.
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