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Senator Lugar Says He Will Not Campaign For Mourdock

Lugar says he wants to see a Republican majority in the Senate but will not campaign for Mourdock.

Richard Lugar

Photo: Jason Gabrick/WFIU-WTIU News

Lugar gives his concession speech on the night of the Indiana primary.

Republican Senator Dick Lugar says he will not actively campaign for Richard Mourdock, who beat Lugar in the GOP Primary earlier this month. Mourdock is running against Democratic candidate Joe Donnelly for the U.S. Senate seat Lugar has held for 36 years.

Lugar says he want to see a Republican majority in the Senate but that he dislikes changes in the Republican Party that Mourdock’s primary election win represents.

“A large portion of the Republican Party of Indiana believed apparently in the idea of individualism as opposed to community, a sense of compromise or a sense of talking across the aisle,” Lugar said.

Lugar says while he is not going to campaign for Mourdock, he has offered advice to his former opponent on ways he can be an effective senator.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/randy.sargent.374 Randy Sargent

    Sen. Lugar has too much class to back these lunatics.

  • 21Palms

    By Dick… get back to Washington. You only have six more months to sell out your country, better get busy.

  • 21Palms

    Class… is that what you call it?

  • JonSEAZ

    Hell no he won’t be campaigning for Mourdock.  Lugar is bitter, as well as not really a Republican, but a RINO.  Good riddance, I say, and Mourdock likely is better off if Lugar does not campaign for him.  

  • JonSEAZ

    My question, too.

  • JonSEAZ

     Go back to reading your Democrat Talking Point sheet, Randy.

  • ctb_hobbit

    Lugar believes in ‘reaching across the aisle” and “compromise” with democrats
    but apparently not when it comes to conservatives in his own party.

  • BoilerMike

    I voted for Sen. Lugar because I thought (and still do think) that he was the better candidate and because of his record of conservatism and effectiveness, while remaining one of the few who kept their nose above the trough.  I’m disappointed that he won’t campaign for the new Republican candidate Mourdock, but given the smear campaign Mourdock ran, I don’t blame the Senator.  Mourdock has a 55-45 chance of being elected in the Fall, but he’ll last only one term and leave no “footprint” of achievement.

  • kcom

    “Lugar says while he is not going to campaign for Mourdock, he has offered advice to his former opponent on ways he can be an effective senator.”

    In other words, he’s lectured him.

    “A large portion of the Republican Party of Indiana believed apparently in the idea of individualism as opposed to community…”

    No, a large portion believed that merrily sailing over a cliff by doing the exact same thing that got us into this untenable situation is a recipe for disaster. Reaching across the aisle to pile on more and more debt, and more and more government is not anything to be proud of. When Niagara Falls is approaching, coming to an agreement on whether to go over the American side or the Canadian side is silly, when what is needed is a change in course to head back upriver.

  • Yanika

    Sending a fringe radical to Washington will simply make the situation worse.

    Indiana used to be a decent place. What happened?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Estes/1464546234 Steven Estes

    and what is the name of your river??

    For someone to say that Lugar is out of touch is like saying the sun won’t blind you if you look at it long enough.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Estes/1464546234 Steven Estes

    not after the way he was treated.

    I am all for term limits, but we have emboldened the radical with this.

    To what purpose does this radacalism bring us??/

  • raydar

    That’s OK, I’m sure Mourdock only wants Republicans campaigning for him, anyway.

  • raydar

    Umm, Lugar doesn’t even live in Indiana. I’d say he’s pretty out of touch.

  • raydar

    When did fiscal responsibility become “radical”?

  • fredcdobbs

    Lugar’s “endorsement” of Mourdock should be good for five points in the polls for the Democrats.

  • Bilosopher

    Sending the radical morons to congress is a GREAT idea.

    If nothing gets done, we are all better off!! Remember: when the authoritarians in congress are “doing something”, they are doing it TO us.

  • kafantaris

    [We need a sense of] “community, a sense of compromise or a sense of talking across the aisle.”  
    Well said, Senator Dick Lugar.
    Too bad the majority of Indiana Republicans don’t see it that way.  But like Senator Lugar, we don’t have to join them.
    Or have we reached the point where we are willing to sacrifice the greater good of our country to spite the other side? 
    Why then do we resign to electing people who promise to cut off our nose to spite our face?  Is this individualism, or plain old spite?
    Our nation was made by rugged individuals alright, and it is high time for them to stand up to the unchecked hatred — before it takes our country down.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ed-Card/100002415605546 Ed Card

    That affirms my opinion that Lugar was really a RINO!

  • JoseTheWrangler

    Not much room for decent, thinking people in a party run by the likes of Sarah Palin. Just maybe, if a few more like Lugar show honor and courage, they’ll return the GOP to a real party, not a mob of screaming fanatics.

  • Dirk van Toor

    Better still, he would be the electible one.
    Lugar is/was a voice of reason in America.

    I am NOT a democratic or republican voter.
    I am a non-American (non-voting) who liked Lugar for his nuanced and balanced view.
    I will be (happily) returning to my country of origin and I hope you are not and that you rot.
    America is a festering pile of untended manure and you (as americans) deserve such consequence of that, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Honduras, Guatamala and Vietnam,
    You politically failed the 21st century and even the 20th century and like the Romans, you deserve the dustbin of history.

    Just my $0,02

  • 21Palms

    Mike, You’re a dreamer – or worse – Lugar sponsored the Law of the Sea Treaty for ratification in the Senate. He’s a “One Worlder” and cut ties with the American people a long time ago. Indiana has a chance to undo the damage this fall. Let’s hope that hoosiers aren’t hosers.

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  • John Nalley

    At first glance it appears to be a case of sour grapes. I have not followed Lugar’s pros and cons while he was a senator but i still truly believe that all incumbents should be replaced. Term limits should be established.

  • ctb_hobbit

     raydar beat me to it.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bill-Smith/1572549724 Bill Smith

     Unbelievable. I work and live in IN, and Lugar spent 80% of over 6 million on NEGATIVE advertisements. And where did his contributions come from? More from out of state than in state. He took more money from outside IN, than Mr. Mourdock had in his coffer, period.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bill-Smith/1572549724 Bill Smith

     In Lugar’s dictionary, compromise, is replaced with capitulate. The libs look down on someone who works for a compromise, from within their own party. But the love those who cross over from the GOP.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bill-Smith/1572549724 Bill Smith

     It’s still a decent place. Our state government is in the black. And YOU don’t live here. Sorry that we do not meet your level of standards.  Have you ever even been to Indiana?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bill-Smith/1572549724 Bill Smith

     Lugar’s voting record was 76%. He was more of a GWB conservative. We want a Jim DeMint conservative.

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