Tea Party Candidate Richard Mourdock Compares Tax Debates To Abraham Lincoln’s Fears About Slavery

Source: Michael McAuliff / The Huffington Post

WASHINGTON — The newly minted Republican Senate nominee in Indiana, state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, recently compared the divide over tax policy to the climate before the Civil War — and cast poorer Americans in the role of those who oppose freedom.

Mourdock handily beat incumbent GOP Sen. Dick Lugar in Tuesday’s primary, powered along by the anti-tax Tea Party movement and a promise to never compromise in Washington.

Mourdock, a geologist by trade, often invokes Abraham Lincoln in his stump speeches, seeing an analogy in the troubled years before the Civil War to the splits in modern America. In a video recording of a speech last June that was provided to The Huffington Post by a Democratic source, Mourdock cited Lincoln’s famous pre-Civil War “House Divided” speech, suggesting that the half of Americans who pay no federal income taxes are the potential enslavers.

“He made this speech and what the media interpreted it to mean was that he was going to predict that there was some terrible Civil War coming and that wasn’t what he meant at all. What he did say was that a house divided against itself cannot stand, I do not expect the house to fall, however I do believe that it will cease in being divided, it will become either all of one thing or all of the other,” Mourdock said at a meeting of the Whitley County Patriots in Columbia City, Ind.

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