Skip to comments.GOP senator (Lugar) says Tea Party challenges 'killed off' efforts at Republican majority
Posted on 12/25/2011 9:37:10 AM PST by Qbert
Sen. Dick Lugar (Ind.) facing a primary contest from the right in his reelection bid said past Tea Party-backed challenges had killed off Republican efforts to take the Senate in the past and could undermine a GOP majority again in 2012.
A Republican majority in the Senate is very important, and Republicans who are running for reelection ought to be supported by people who want to see that majority, Lugar said in an interview which aired Sunday on CNNs State of the Union.
I think the majority of Tea Party people understand that too, he added.
Lugar who is facing a tough primary challenge from Tea Party-backed Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock (R) said he was the best GOP option to win the seat and that past attempts by grassroots groups to install candidates they found more conservative had backfired. "If I was not the nominee it might be lost," he said of his seat. "Republicans lost the seats before in Nevada and New Jersey and Colorado where there were people who were claiming they wanted somebody who was more of their Tea Party aspect but they killed off the Republican majority."
"This is one of the reasons why we have a minority in the Senate right now," he claimed.
Lugar said that conservative Indiana voters looking for a candidate should look at his record. "I would say to them respectfully that it is me."
"I have a very conservative voting record over the course of the time I've served," he said.
"Certainly unique, I think, in the Senate, of having been a farmer, a small businessman, a Naval officer, a mayor, a school board member. These are grassroots functions that people are dealing with."
Lugar also denied claims Senate Republicans had undercut the House GOP in the payroll tax fight and warned that the protracted fight would make it very difficult to find a year-long tax holiday extension.
Lugar defended the Senate compromise negotiated by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) He said McConnell was committed to a year-long extension but that the deadlock necessitated a short term deal.
I think that Mitch McConnell offered an avenue, an approach that said this is a serious business, we have to talk about a year solution, but this is not likely to be resolved in the next few days, said Lugar.
He said senators were forced to act to avoid the wide-ranging repercussions if a deal was not struck saying that wage earners would have seen the tax holiday go apart from those who are unemployed on unemployment compensation or the doctors in Medicare.
He said the Senate GOP position was why dont we, as a matter of fact, talk for a period of time but do so after the 1st of January.
Lugar sounded a pessimistic note about reaching a deal in the next round of fighting over a yearlong extension.
"I think it will be very difficult. Just as the committee of twelve found it would be very difficult even if the objective was to reduce the deficits, the problems of our balanced payments.
We just simply find its difficult to do in this context, but not impossible," said Lugar.
Lugar said his provision to fast track an administration decision on the Keystone XL pipeline helped sell the deal to Senate Republicans. One factor that led the Senate to come to a conclusion was the Keystone pipeline, he said.
At least 20,000 new jobs, six and a half billion dollar investments from the Canadians and much more oil independence for the United States. A real winner, but President Obama because of environmentalists surrounding the White House apparently literally said we won't do anything until 2013. We said you need to make a decision within 60 days.
Lugar knows NOTHING. . . . . . NOTHING
Who cares if there is a Grand Old Potty majority if half of them vote with the Dems? Idiot.
We need a Conservative Party.
HE’S 100 years old! Time to ‘spend more time with the other dinasours.’
With RINOs like Lugar what good would a Republican majority have accomplished?
Hey Lugar! It is not about Republican control! It is about doing the right thing and stop the excess excess spending and limiting government. Reduce government back to 15% of economy and pay off the debt.
Let the Tea Party with the true conservative Americans show you how to tame the government.
Indeed just another member of the good old boy RINO club.
another incumbent that went soft on the job
What I told lugar a few days ago,
When is the Indiana primary?
Merry Christmas. We're screwed.
You...you ungrateful peasants!
How dare you throw your weight around at your betters.
That said, I wonder how many false flag Dem plants have run as Tea Partiers. I know the Dems have been trying this trick but it tends to be laughably obvious when they do.
People like Lugar make the adoption of Democratic policies inevitable. They compromise by giving the Dims a third of what they want now, a third, tomorrow , and a third the following day.
This old socialist Lugar has done a huge disservice to this country’s future. Lugar has spent Trillions and Trillions of Dollars and racked up huge debts to foreign nations. We can’t pay our bills now. We can’t keep our military strong anymore thanks to Lugar. What a complete liberal failure Lugar has become.
We need conservatism NOT Republicanism anyway!
It’s getting just about to open warfare on these pukes.
And if they force Romney upon us....How about a TEA Party candidate to challenge him?
"With RINOs like Lugar what good would a Republican majority have accomplished?"
Exactly. And even if they had the majority... then they would make excuses about how they can't do anything because they don't have the presidency. And even if they had the majority and the presidency... then they would make excuses that they don't have a supermajority. And even if...
His problem here is he did not grow with tenure ~ he just kind of estivated.
The guy isn't even reliably Leftwingtard.
What he should do is take his billions of dollars and retire ~ well, that, and see a head doctor. He's nuts.
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