Pat Boone's Lugar love
April 27th, 2012
09:34 AM ET
2 years ago

Pat Boone's Lugar love

(CNN) – Conservative crooner Pat Boone lent his voice and support to Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana via a radio ad on Friday in hopes of helping the six-term incumbent beat back a challenge from the right.

The successful pop singer and ardent Republican described the longest serving Republican senator as a "true conservative" who shares Hoosier State voter's "Midwestern values."

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"When did words like experience, wisdom, statesman, vitality, integrity and a lifetime of service first become of less value to you?" Boone said in the commercial. "The answer is: They didn't and neither did the man they describe, Sen. Dick Lugar."

The ad will run on Christian radio with extra emphasis on Friday and Saturday to coincide with Boone-Lugar campaign events on Saturday, Team Lugar said.

Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana also cut his second ad for the candidate that began airing throughout the state on Friday, according to the campaign, in which he says "We're lucky to have Dick Lugar and we need to keep him."

Lugar will face State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, who has received the backing of major conservative groups, in the May 8 Republican primary. Mourdock's bid marks the first serious primary challenge against Lugar since he first entered the Senate in 1976.

The Mourdock attacks have criticized Lugar's bipartisan efforts in the upper chamber of Congress and that the senior senator has not lived in the state for decades.

In February the Indiana Election Division ruled Lugar's situation was legal due to the state's election law.

Lugar's campaign has capitalized on an error in Mourdock's recent tax returns, in which he claimed thousand of dollars in extra homestead deductions.

Mourdock said he tried to fix the problem years ago, adding the paperwork was lost by the state. The Marion County Auditor's Office later took responsibility for the delay.

– CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Indiana • Richard Lugar • Senate
soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. ThinkAgain

    Aside from the tacky flag jacket – which teabaggers think is somehow patriotic – I thought the Right believed that celebrities are know-nothings who should keep their traps shut about politics?

    Oh, my bad: That only applies to celebrities that call the Right on their BS ...

    April 27, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  2. woodin

    Republican Pat Boone wearing a flag as well being a well known bible belter all this from a guy who admitted some years ago to numerous affairs while married, raising kids and and singing the gospel.

    Whose next....... Hugh Hefner leading Sunday prayer.

    April 27, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  3. Ameryca

    I can't believe he still has hair! Is it his? And who cares what the old fart thinks anyway? I'm 65 and I think he was outdated back in 1960.

    April 27, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  4. alleygator

    Pat Boone is still irrelevant. Some things never change.

    April 27, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  5. zatso

    Lugar is a six term Senator and running again!! Right there is the problem with Congress. Career politicians ARE the problem.

    April 27, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. WhereIsPalin

    "The successful pop singer........."

    That's funny.........What's the average age of voters in Indiana?

    April 27, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  7. Christopher

    Well then, I guess the 90-year-old + vote is safe for Republicans at long last!

    April 27, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  8. marjee123

    Successful pop singer. You mean one hit wonder who is now a has been. Seems like the republicans have a lot of those.

    April 27, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  9. Drinky Crow

    "When Facism comes to America, it will be draped in a flag and carrying a cross."

    April 27, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  10. curious

    Why doesn't this guy just go away with his yesterday politics.

    April 27, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  11. Gurgyl

    Is this idiot Ronald McDonald that stand at walMart, McDonald's????

    April 27, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  12. Francis

    What's the matter Pat,you run out of songs to steal from Little Richard? What a hypocrite!!!

    April 27, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  13. nolimits3333

    Pat is not the brightest bulb on the tree.

    April 27, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  14. John N Florida

    This could really hurt Lugar. Pat Boone's tv ad was soundly repudiated by Fact Check for it's distortions and lies. Lugar's opponents can point to that ad and say he, Pat, is still lying. (Shrug)

    April 27, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Let me see – a Republican freak swathed in a gaudy false patriotism, while blaring God and Country and eco-destruction and all the rest. Jesus: "And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full."

    Yep, the religious right is about as far from any true Christian morality as it gets. Check. This, from an atheist who respects that morality.

    April 27, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    It's pretty bizarre when a guy with the same name as a famous gun still has problem getting GOBP votes.

    April 27, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  17. Paul

    Let me see – a Republican freak swathed in a gaudy false patriotism, while blaring God and Country and eco-destruction and all the rest. Jesus: "And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full."

    Yep, the religious right is about as far from any true Christian morality as it gets. Check. This, from an atheist who respects that morality.

    April 27, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  18. cf

    Isn't it funny how the right is always complaining about "liberal hollywood" and that celebrities are idiots and should stay out of politics... yet look at all the times a celebrity has opened his or her trap about politics lately in favor of those very same hypocrites on the right (Pat Boone, Ted Nugent, Fred Thompson, Victoria Jackson, etc) and somehow this is okay? Hell, the GOP's golden calf Ronald Reagan was nothing but one of these "mindless Hollywood actors." I guess entertainers and politics mixing together is okay as long as they are conservatives.

    April 27, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  19. achepotle

    I say arrest the kook and hold him for questioning.

    April 27, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  20. Funny

    I love how most of you post how irrelevant he is....well guess what he is relevant enough to make it on the front page of CNN and relevant enough for YOU to comment about him! LOL I don't even know how the guy is but funny to read all these comments.

    April 27, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  21. Patty

    Nasty, Nasty, Nasty People on this site!

    Pat Boone is a Wonderful American!

    April 27, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  22. Funny

    @SPLAT!~......use your brains and you might be able to figure it out! The FLAG should not be worn, NOT the FLAG DESIGN should not be worn! obviously his shirt was never a flag, it has the same design as a flag! IDIOT! Amazing the thing you lefty idiot will cry about!

    April 27, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  23. Observer

    Frequent right-wing stances:

    (1) Celebrities are id10ts.

    (2) Term limits

    Oooops.

    April 27, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  24. Donald in CA

    Pat boone has always been a right wing hater who hides behind the bible. But its good to hear from him because i thought he had passed.

    April 27, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  25. Me

    @CF....ya and look what you have Arnold, and look what he did to California!!! I am surprised it is still a functioning state and the federal government hasn't had to take over control! LOL

    April 27, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
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