Wednesday’s debate between six-term incumbent Senator Richard Lugar and State Treasurer Richard Mourdock covered topics ranging from jobs and the economy to nuclear disarmament to defining the term conservative.
The two Republicans agreed on many of the questions asked during the debate, including a need for significant entitlement reform and a roll back of government.
The candidates split on the issue of action against Iran. Mourdock called for the US to take a unilateral role in dealing with the country, while Lugar emphasized the need for participation from the UN in any actions against the Middle Eastern nation. And when asked about how best to represent Hoosiers, Mourdock said residency is important.
“It is a place that, if I have the privilege of serving as your US senator, I’m not moving from. I will always call Darmstadt, Indiana home,” Mourdock says.
Lugar has faced criticism and even legal action because he sold his Indianapolis home more than 30 years ago and has since lived primarily in Virginia. But Lugar says the debate gave him the opportunity to remind voters why he is the right choice to represent the state:
“I have experience, a record and ideas and I’m active now. This is not in the hereafter or speculative as to what we might do,” Lugar says.
Lugar says he believes his lead over Mourdock will widen in the wake of the debate. Mourdock says he accomplished his goal of introducing himself to voters.