Washington (CNN) - Republican Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana delivered a message to Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly who launched a challenge against him Monday, saying he's optimistic he can hold onto his seat in 2012.
"I'm very hopeful of course that our early campaigning and fundraising has brought about a situation of continuing strength in Indiana and that we'll be prepared to win the primary and general election," Lugar said in an interview set to air on CNN's "John King, USA" Monday. "I believe we would beat Joe Donnelly."
The six-term senator who is also facing a primary challenge from another Republican, Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, said there will likely be other candidates who throw their hats in the ring.
"They (the Democratic Party) believe that I might lose the primary and therefore there might be an opportunity to take over the seat," Lugar told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King. "He (Donnelly) may not be the last of those who want to participate in either the primary or the general election."
- Watch the full interview with Sen. Lugar on CNN's "John King, USA" at 7 p.m. ET Monday.
Lugar will first have to beat out the Tea Party candidate before he gets to Donnelly. He should be talking crap to them rather than to the Democrats.
Dick, don't be too optimistic. Pre-historic politicians like you that have gotten this country into the mess it is in are an endangered species. You might best start planning on a retirement location.
Senator, I do not wish to spoil your day with bad news. Good Luck.
Mr.Lugar, You,ve been wondering and wishing for to many years? Your Republican? Your party was "Responsible for the "Worst Economic Crash" in modern history???? The "Smart America will stay the President Obama Way! You repubs/TP are going to feel the "Pressure" in about a 1 more year! You better stop "TP Extremism" or your party is in Extreme Trouble with respect!!! Obama2012
Regardless of whether you are a (D) or an (R), isn't 36 years in this job long enough for Senator Luger?
another old, been there to long. senator...the senate looks like a retirement home ...these senators from both parties think they are there for life...new ideas are need...
I am torn because I want to support a Democratic Senate as a way to help Barak Obama continue the path that he is on toward a world class economic recovery and wanting to diminsh the power of the party of "NO" (no ideas, no direction no shame). On the other hand as someone who is environmentally minded I like to support endangered species. As a truely moderate Republican Richard Lugar is an endangered species. If he is nominated I bet he will win but a guy like Lugar who has, "gasp" ,reached across the isle he might have to worry about a tea pardiot attacking from his right flank. If he loses though Obama is smart enought o put him in his second term cabinet. Good luck Sen Lugar.
They fear additional acculturation and education of their flock and, most especially, don't want Democrat-voting yuppies moving further away from the city into their rural territories because they can now rely on a train to take them 50 miles to work in 30 minutes. That might...BOO!!!!...change some of those areas purple.
Egads Sniffit, whatever you are sniffin' PLEASE STOP! Never ridden a train that goes 50 miles have you?! They have things called STOPS where people get on and off. Takes soem time to do these right? Then since we can't afford a station every 100 yards, people have to then commute via others means to the actual work site. But your posts are rather comical for their non-relationship to the real world. Keep on sniffin'....
As a long-term Hoosier Republican, I have to say that you've finally lost me, Senator. Your atrocious votes against Women and their Healthcare (which of course, affect all of us) appalls me.
While I admire your proud history of Service to our Country, and would never belittle such, I find myself feeling that you have served your time, and should be "put out to Pasture". You've hooked your Dreams on on the false star of the Far Right, it seems. Sweet Dreams, Sir.
Or, should you choose to wake up, smell the coffee, and step up to defend your Constituents against the abominations our present GOP are pressing for, you may redeem yourself. It's your Choice, Sir.
We Hoosiers are Watching.