State Treasurer Richard Mourdock said he’ll run against Richard Lugar in 2012 because the two things on the minds of Republican primary voters are the economy and the question of how Lugar stands on the issues.
Mourdock said Lugar has moved to the left in his political stances in recent years. Although Lugar has been in office for six terms and was deemed strong enough in 2006 that Democrats did not offer a challenger, Mourdock said he isn’t worried.
“Dick Lugar certainly has a broad name recognition among Republican primary voters, but our polling is showing that Republican primary voters really want a choice.”
Lugar spokesman Mark Helmke says that although Lugar is seen as bipartisan, he’s opposed many of President Obama’s plans.
Senator Lugar has worked with President Obama on arms control and getting rid of weapons of mass destruction. On the domestic front, Senator Lugar has opposed his stimulus program, opposed his financial regulation plan and voted 37 times against his health care bill.
Mourdock admits his five-term incumbent opponent will have more money for the campaign, but said money is not as important as constituent motivation. Mourdock said he has 25-hundred volunteers ready to help his cause.