Yesterday, Soledad spoke with Richard Mourdock after his win in the Republican primary in Indiana. He was very vocal that Republicans shouldn’t cooperate but rather they should confront.
“The ideas for which the parties are working are really at opposite ends of the spectrum. I don’t think there will be a lot of successful compromise,” Mourdock says. “Hence you have the deadlock you have today. I hope to build a conservative majority in the United States Senate so that bipartisanship becomes Democrats joining Republicans to roll back the size of government, reduce the bureaucracy, lower taxes and get America moving again.”
This morning, Soledad talks with Tennessee Congressman Jim Cooper of Tennessee, a moderate blue dog Democrat and founding member of No Labels, a group of Democrats and Republicans who say they have one goal, which is to make government work again. He tells Soledad that Mourdock’s stance is very dangerous and we need compromise to build a great nation.
“Our nation was essentially founded on compromise and without that today we’re going to lose our credit rating again, we’re going to have more gridlock and really hurt our nation’s status as the world’s only superpower,” Cooper says.
“We’ve got to have a compromise on the budget issues which are crushing our economy right now. We have to have compromise on defense issues. We’ve got to figure out how to right size the defense budget. In virtually every area of government we have to have good people getting along and solving problems, not fighting each other. It’s not a question of combat in Washington. It’s a question of getting things done for voters back home working hard trying to put food on the table so fighting is very selfish. And what Mourdock is talking about is one-party rule. We’ve always had a two-party system in America. How we’ve gotten things done, a competition between the two parties.”
In this second video, Will Cain asks Cooper if we’re over idealizing the concept of compromise in politics.