By Michael Haynes
Indiana state Treasurer and Republican nominee for U.S. Senate Richard Mourdock paid a visit to Tomco Plastics Monday, walking through the plant and meeting with leaders there.
Later, he talked with The News Sun about his beliefs on where Indiana and the country as a whole need to be headed.
At the forefront, Mourdock is focusing on the economy.
"What is it going to take to get our economy going again?" asked Mourdock. "Manufacturing is one of the areas that slowed down the most during the (2008-2010) period. We've given up a lot of global competitiveness since then. We need to win that back. We need to reduce the federal regulatory environment. We need to send a message of consistency to small businesses."
Mourdock said that if he asked small business owners what their taxes would be next year, they would not know, and to ease their uncertainty, he wants Washington to work "more consistently to make a good set of rules."
He said the level of interaction between everyday Americans and government is what ultimately is causing the country's uncertainty in the economy.
Coming off weekend reports that the national unemployment rate went up from 8.2 to 8.3 percent, Mourdock said some people are getting discouraged.
"People want to know they've got some hope, just the real hope that they have a job and they can provide for their families," Mourdock said.
Mourdock also had many ideas about health care and his opposition to the law he termed "Obamacare." He said he wants to repeal "Obamacare" and replace it with something more "patient-centered."
He said health care needs competition and with that comes new innovations. He said health care services and health care insurance need to be offered across state lines, since that is not currently available.
"Every penny of health care costs should be 100 percent deductible on your taxes," Mourdock said.
Mourdock said that with health care now, approximately 144,000 codes describe patients' conditions. Mourdock said he spoke recently with a doctor who was seeing around 60 patients a day before the new health care system, but now he sees only around 35. The reason was because the doctor was spending time making sure he got the codes right to prevent a potential lawsuit.
Mourdock is running for senator in the November election against Joe Donnelly, Democratic U.S. representative of Indiana's 2nd Congressional District. Mourdock said he is confident about the election and thinks Washington should be run the way Indiana has been for the last few years, saying Indiana was one of two states to finish the year with a surplus.
He believes the nation's problems are solvable.
"I think we're on the verge of an American renaissance," he said.