Supporters of both Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate seat rallied along Meridian Street outside the debate venue Wednesday evening.
"The price of ethanol is about $2.41 a gallon,” said Mourdock. “So as we mandate more ethanol going into gasoline, it's causing the price to go up four to five cents a gallon."
"Ethanol makes the overall price go down. Furthermore it's a Hoosier product that has meant higher crop prices and values in this state."
Few of the controversies that marked the campaign came up in the debate. Mourdock did make a passing reference to Lugar’s residency issues. He pledged to always maintain a home here.
“It’s a place that if I have the pleasure of serving I’m not moving from,” said Mourdock.
Ultimately, the biggest contrast of the night was provided by the candidates' views of the future. Lugar talked about his enthusiasm to serve again.
“There are exciting opportunities to every day visit in Indiana and around the country and around the world,” said Lugar.
Mourdock instead used a Titanic analogy to say the country was on a perilous course to potential disaster.
“There are icebergs ahead. They are called the national debt, they are called entitlements and they are called greater government regulation.”