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Lugar makes last ditch appeal to save Senate career
Yahoo ^ | 5/8/12 | Nick Carey and Eric Johnson | Reuters

Posted on 05/08/2012 3:56:23 PM PDT by mdittmar

INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) - Senator Richard Lugar appealed to Democrats to cross party lines and vote for him in the Indiana Republican primary on Tuesday, in a last ditch effort to save his 35-year Senate career from a Tea Party backed rival who accuses him of being too supportive of President Barack Obama.

"I've asked very candidly for support from all Hoosiers. Not just Republicans, but Democrats and independents. I'm asking for the Republican Party to expand," Lugar said at his campaign headquarters in Indianapolis on Tuesday, where two dozen volunteers rang a bell each time a voter pledged to vote for the senator.

The defeat of Lugar, one of the most prominent voices on foreign policy in Congress, would be the first loss by a Senate incumbent in the 2012 elections and would mark a major victory for the Tea Party movement to reduce the size of the federal government.

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...36 years in the Senate and he was far from the worst one in there.

It was also not the point being debated.

51 posted on 05/08/2012 4:50:25 PM PDT by papertyger ("And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if..."))
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To: mdittmar

I smell a sphincter.


52 posted on 05/08/2012 5:03:16 PM PDT by rsobin
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To: rsobin

Do you suppose he’ll retire to his family farm in Indiana?


53 posted on 05/08/2012 5:11:36 PM PDT by IM2MAD
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36 years in the Senate and he was far from the worst one in there.

I am sure that on any given issue he probably voted the way I wanted him to more than 50% of the time, However, I never recall having seen him discuss anything on a talk show that would put him in the bad graces of the leftist media. He, like so many of these RINOs, play to the Washington insider crowd. That is what makes this so sweat to see him go. Maybe a few other Senators will realize that the TEA party is gonna chop them off at the knees before the lefty media is. They can now spend some time and ponder whether they want to pander to the "adult" crowd in Washington and get nice write ups in Time magazine or whether they want their seat.

54 posted on 05/08/2012 5:14:05 PM PDT by BRL
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To: IM2MAD

Lugar’s new theme song should be, “Indiana don’t want me/Lord I can’t go back there....”


55 posted on 05/08/2012 5:14:57 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: BRL

Sweet , sweat, sweep, swill, whatever.


56 posted on 05/08/2012 5:15:18 PM PDT by BRL
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To: mdittmar

i proudly voted for mourdock . lugar sat back and did NOTHING to defend our country from BHO


57 posted on 05/08/2012 5:17:35 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch ( go in peace , serve the Lord)
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To: Paleo Conservative

he’s not ....... i hope


58 posted on 05/08/2012 5:19:44 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch ( go in peace , serve the Lord)
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To: Arthurio

Looks like backing Cruz in TX is the next best Conservative bet, after giving Walker a win in WI.


59 posted on 05/08/2012 5:20:42 PM PDT by G Larry (Criminals thrive on the indulgence of society's understanding)
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To: Defiant

I suspect he will. However, he’s already doing his best to damage us now by supporting the frightful LOST treaty, so he might not be able to do that much more damage than he’s already decided to do. That, IMHO, will be more than offset by the warning his massive defeat sends to all the other RINOS—they DAMN BETTER WELL listen to and respect the Tea Party if they want to keep their jobs.


60 posted on 05/08/2012 5:23:22 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: InvisibleChurch

Figuratively.


61 posted on 05/08/2012 5:24:08 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: mdittmar

Dead wood Lugar is out. They’ve called it for the tea party guy.

Good first news of the day. Hope many more are handed their exit pass.


62 posted on 05/08/2012 5:25:15 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: mdittmar

At least he won’t be leading the Republican charge for the Law of the Sea Treaty ... we just have to wait for fall, when OZero shoves that treaty an dozens more fown out collective throats - turning the entite US over to the UN and European beaurucrats.


63 posted on 05/08/2012 5:39:59 PM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: libstripper

thank you to the great state of Indiana! Now for Hatch.


64 posted on 05/08/2012 5:59:18 PM PDT by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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My favorite shadenfreude clip to celebrate Dick Lugar’s retirement.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owzhYNcd4OM


65 posted on 05/08/2012 6:05:28 PM PDT by Tailback
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To: mdittmar

I’ve never completely understood this line.


66 posted on 05/08/2012 6:09:37 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: mdittmar

I’ve never completely understood this line.


67 posted on 05/08/2012 6:09:52 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: mdittmar
"It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged."

G.K. Chesterton

68 posted on 05/08/2012 6:13:51 PM PDT by Cuttnhorse
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This is really sad. Lugar should have read the tea leaves and announced his retirement instead of leaving the senate like this.

Are you joking? His losing is a perfect warning for all the other republican's currently holding office. If he had just resigned the opportunity would have been lost; heck, the rest of the GOP would have celebrated his legacy and escorted him out of office like some sort of hero.

69 posted on 05/08/2012 6:26:01 PM PDT by eclecticEel (Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: 7/4/1776 - 3/21/2010)
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To: mdittmar

Buh bye Dick. You RINO POS.


70 posted on 05/08/2012 6:48:47 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: PIF

I thought they were going to ratify before the Nov election.


71 posted on 05/08/2012 9:11:34 PM PDT by Goreknowshowtocheat
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