Lugar Reminds Supporters He Still Has Time In Office

Senator Dick Lugar conceded to Richard Mourdock in a primary-night speech Tuesday.

Senator Richard Lugar

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Six-term U.S. Senator Dick Lugar, pictured here in 2006, conceded defeat to State Treasurer Richard Mourdock in Indiana's primary election May 8.

Six-term Senator Richard Lugar conceded to his opponent Richard Mourdock in a speech Tuesday, saying he wants to see a Republican in the White House and a Republican majority in the Senate. Lugar did not endorse Mourdock outright.

“I have no regrets about running for re-election,” Lugar said to a group of supporters. “All of us should believe in standing before the public and asking for their vote, even if it can be a daunting task.”

The senator reminded his supporters his public service is not over. He promised to work diligently in his last months of office, specifically focusing on the 2012 Farm Bill.

Lugar said deep political divisions have “stalemated progress” in Congress, but told supporters those divisions can be overcome.

Lugar did not indicate specifically what he plans to do after he leaves office, although he said he would continue to work on the Nunn-Lugar program that aims for nuclear and biological weapons reduction on a global scale.

View Lugar’s full speech below.

Remarks by Senator Richard G. Lugar

May 8, 2012

Hoosier Republican primary voters have chosen their candidate for the U.S. Senate.   I congratulate my opponent on his victory in a hard fought race.  I want to see a Republican in the White House, and I want to see my friend Mitch McConnell have a Republican majority in the Senate.  I hope my opponent prevails in November to contribute to that Republican majority.

I am deeply grateful for the remarkable efforts of thousands of volunteers who devoted countless hours to my campaign.  The enthusiasm of good friends and loyal supporters over many months was tremendously encouraging.  I thank my campaign team, who made enormous personal sacrifices and never stopped working hard or seeking a path to victory.  Most of all, I want to thank my loving wife, Char, our four sons – Mark, Bob, John, and David — and the entire Lugar family for their understanding, support, and love.  Char and my family have been indispensible to every aspect of my public service from the Indianapolis School Board, onward.

My public service is not concluded.  I look forward to what can be achieved in the Senate in the next eight months despite a very difficult national election atmosphere.  First among my goals will be passing a good farm bill that saves taxpayers billions and gives farmers the best chance to prosper.  I also will use this period to advance the work of the Nunn-Lugar program and other initiatives that benefit U.S. national security.

At the end of my term, I will look forward to new opportunities to serve Indiana and our nation.  I will embrace projects where I can deliver the most benefit.   I will continue to support the Nunn-Lugar program in every way that I can.  I also want to build on my work related to nutrition and energy issues, both locally and globally.

I have no regrets about running for re-election.   All of us should believe in the nobility of standing before the public and asking for their vote, even if doing so can be a very daunting task.  I still counsel young people to consider elective public office, and I hope some listening to me tonight will do just that.

Serving the people of Indiana in the U.S. Senate has been the greatest honor of my public life.   Hoosiers deserve the best representation possible.  They deserve legislators who listen to the entire spectrum of citizen’s views and work to achieve consensus.  They deserve legislators who, each day, go to work thinking about how they can solve problems that matter to Hoosiers.    I am proud of the solutions we have brought to problems over the years and the initiatives we have undertaken to build Indiana and to protect our country.

We are experiencing deep political divisions in our society right now.  These divisions have stalemated progress in critical areas.  But these divisions are not insurmountable.   I believe that people of good will – regardless of party – can work together for the benefit of the country.

I remain optimistic about the future of Indiana and the United States.  The news media and political leaders spend a great deal of time talking about what is broken in our country.  To some degree, that is the nature of the business.  But we should also have confidence that the unique American experiment is alive and well.   Our political system still can work.

We possess the resources, human talent, and entrepreneurial energy to sustain our status as the economic envy of the world.  Our culture still is the global reference point for progress among modern societies.    People from all over the world still want to come here to study, live, and invest.  And we still enjoy unprecedented freedoms that billions of people in our world can only dream about.  The task before us is to come together as Americans to sustain the American dream at home, while protecting our security and advancing our leadership abroad.

I cherish the confidence that each of you has placed in me, and I urge you to join me in a determination to continue to serve our country and our state.  God bless each of you and God bless America.

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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