November 18th, 2010
11:12 AM ET
4 years ago

Lugar picks up re-election efforts

Washington (CNN) - For some lawmakers up for re-election next time around, it seems 2012 isn't all that far away.

One example is six-term Republican Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, who announced earlier this week that he will run for re-election in 2012. His campaign Wednesday put out a poll, which it paid for, that indicates that Lugar has the highest favorable rating of any major politician in the state.

Lugar, who didn't face any Republican primary opposition in his 2006 re-election, is hoping to avoid any serious conservative primary challenge this time around as well.

The most senior Republican member of the Senate has been criticized by some grassroots conservatives and by some potential GOP challengers for his willingness to work with Senate Democrats to seek bipartisan solutions, for his votes in favor of confirming Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, President Barack Obama's two nominees to the Supreme Court, and for his 2008 vote in favor of the Troubled Asset Relief Program, better known as TARP or the Wall Street bailout.

Lugar has named former aide Emily Krueger as his campaign manager. She is expected to start up an office in Indianapolis in about a month.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    Hahaha. Lugar spoke at my college graduation and a large portion of the audience booed him the whole time. This cat is in bed with the military, big time. Take a look at his record. Have a nice day!

    November 18, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  2. stufit

    Lugar is a very decent human being who has the best interest of this country, not the party, at heart. It will be very difficult for anyone to mount a campaign to oust him.

    November 18, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  3. PalmReader

    This might be a great time for Dick Luger to save himself the embarrassment of losing and rethink his position for re-election. Once the TeaPers get their hands in his 2012 primary, he is finished. Apparently, Rove isn't as powerful a man as he once was. Lately, Dick Armey has been running circles around Rove, leaving Rove with nothing left but the dust of Armey's Tea Bus Express as it passes by.

    November 18, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  4. a in austin

    It's not about the party, it's about WE THE PEOPLE! At least, he gets it.

    November 18, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  5. T'sah from Virginia

    "...[LUGAR] has been criticized by some grassroots conservatives and by some potential GOP challengers for his willingness to work with Senate Democrats to seek bipartisan solutions..."

    What in the HELL do the FAR-RIGHT or "grassroots conservatives" want???? Judging from this, they DON’T want to compromise or have bipartisan solutions!!!!! Then what is the sense in having two parties?

    Just let the RepubliCAN'Ts take the entire office (House, Senate and Presidency) so they can run the country like they want to run it. They can negotiate among themselves and come up with ALL of the Solutions! They can write up their own laws and say NO to all of them. They can have press conferences to let the “more than half of all of the Americans who did not vote for them” what's going on.

    Think about it!!! That's all they were RUNNING after they won the HOUSE. "There will be NO compromising". None, nada!! Please, go somewhere else with that CRAP!!

    President Obama is moving America Forward! President Obama has Democrats and Republicans working with him. What is so difficult about compromising? “Why can’t we all JUST – Get Along!!!???

    November 18, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  6. Fair is Fair

    "President Obama is moving America Forward! President Obama has Democrats and Republicans working with him."

    Where in the world do you come up with this tripe?

    November 18, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  7. Hoosier

    lugar may have experience yet bad experience doesn't reolve our nations issues. as a long time republican and fiscal conservation i say that of lugar is so great we would not have so many issues. like all incumbents that do not produce positive national results, he must go – time for someone that will produce. i plan to vote him out in the primary

    November 18, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |