U.S. Chamber floods Indiana mailboxes in support of Lugar
May 3rd, 2012
11:40 AM ET
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U.S. Chamber floods Indiana mailboxes in support of Lugar

(CNN) – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a major conservative, pro-business group, is showing its support for Sen. Dick Lugar with hundreds of thousands of direct mail pieces, just days before the longtime senator faces his biggest primary challenge in 35 years.

In the flier, the group praises Lugar for supporting the Keystone pipeline, a proposal that Republicans argue would create thousands of private sector jobs but has faced heavy pushback from Democrats and the president over environmental concerns.

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The Chamber also highlights Lugar's votes against unpopular measures among the GOP, including the financial reform and healthcare reform bills passed in 2010, as well as the so-called cap and trade legislation.

Lugar, the most senior Republican in the Senate, is vying for a seventh term against Republican challenger and state treasurer Richard Mourdock.

Backed by tea party momentum and high-profile conservative endorsements, Mourdock has waged a serious threat against the senator as the two head into the primary on Tuesday.

Lugar critics paint the six-term senator as a Washington insider whose nearly-four decades in office have pushed him to the center on economic issues.

But Lugar's team touts endorsements by more establishment forces within the Republican Party, including the state's popular governor Mitch Daniels and former GOP presidential nominee John McCain, who argue the senator's experience and track record make him more fit to serve than his challenger.

The U.S Chamber of Commerce first announced its support for Lugar in mid-April.

"We're endorsing Senator Lugar because of his proven record and ability to get things done in support of Indiana job creation and economic growth," Rob Engstrom, Chamber's senior vice president and national political director, said in a statement.

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Filed under: 2012 • Indiana • Richard Lugar • Senate
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Data Driven

    Yes, the Chamber remembers 2010 when Tea Party wackos won Republican primaries. Result: Christine O'Donnell, that nut from Nevada, other assorted mixed nuts, and Democratic wins in the Senate.

    May 3, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  2. Joan

    Actually the biggest opposition to the Keystone pipeline was the state of Nebraska and its Republican governor. It was Nebraska that refused to have the original northern route approved. Now TransCanada pipeline has proposed a new, safer route for approval. That is the route that should have been put forth in the first place. If Nebraska approves this one, it should be a go. Please put the blame where it really lies.

    May 3, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The Keystone Pipeline will go through and there will be jobs created for those who are qualified to do this kind of work and the question remains, how many Indiana residence are certified and qualified. Lugar or anyone else whose pushing for the pipeline also has the responsibility of making sure the people of Indiana meet the requirements for a job other than just a vote.

    May 3, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  4. Larry L

    It's a sad state of affairs when Lugar is considered too moderate. Mourdock is just another Tea Party radical who would dedicate himself to destruction of our government. It was these crazies that got America's bond rating lowered – just to make political noise. Republicans need to move toward compromise and rational solutions – before they become just another useless hate group.

    May 3, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  5. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Larry L - Republicans need to move toward compromise and rational solutions
    ==============================================================
    Right... Like what the Democrats are offering... $1.5 TRILLION yearly deficits, massive debt for our kids, refusal to address entitlements that are bankrupting the country, and record high unemployment from failed economic policies.

    Yup, just gotta throw reason and logic right out the window and do it the Democrat way!

    May 3, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    US Chamber of Commerce versus the Tea Party. How quaint it is. It seems to like the vast majority of the divisive politics today is on the right side of the aisle. Meanwhile, the left side is taking collateral damage from the raging battle on the right and has to fire back a few angry shots just to keep it contained.

    May 3, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  7. Marie MD

    it's Howdy Doody time.
    That being sung, the rethugs and the crying spineless weeper of the house have allowed the teatards to take over their party. All the teapublikans have done is create gridlock and for them to follow the lead of those who hate the President and want him to fail along with the country is obscene.
    Reap what you sow!

    May 3, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  8. Michael

    Obama – Hype and Blame

    May 3, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Democrat Class Warfare .... wrote:

    Right... Like what the Democrats are offering... $1.5 TRILLION yearly deficits......
    ------------
    Actually, Bush left office with a FY2009 $1.t trillion annual deficit. The deficit for every year since has been lower than the hgihg water mark set by Bush. We should see an annual deficit for FY2013 of under a trillion dollars.

    Meanwhile, your economic savant, Mitt Romney, is proposing tax cuts that would immediately add $1 trillion to the annual deficit on top of where we already are. $2 trillion dollar deficits is what Romney brings to the table. Of course, he plans to follow the playbook and blame Democrats for excessive spending, while maintaining the denial that tax cuts are a form of spending.

    May 3, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Michael wrote:

    Obama – Hype and Blame
    -----------
    Republicans should know best. So far, that has been all that they have campaigned on: hyping Romney's questionable record, and blaming Obama for not fixing their economic destruction overnight.

    May 3, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  11. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Obama – Hype and Blame
    =====================

    Sorry, it's even worse than that. "BS & Blame" is far more accurate!

    May 3, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  12. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Rudy NYC - Bush left office with a FY2009 $1.t trillion annual deficit.
    =====================================================
    Common Rudy, enough of the lies and half truths. $700 billion of that was a one time TARP expenditure to stabilize the banks. Much of it has since been repaid to the government.

    Obama's deficit spending is REALLY $1.0-1.5 TRILLION EVERY YEAR over what the government takes in. And this is BEFORE the Obamacare disaster hits the budget.

    No matter how many lies and distortions you tell, the American people know that Obama and the Demorcats are fiscally irresponsible and endanger the future of this country with their massive deficits and debt accumulation.

    May 3, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  13. Fair is Fair

    "and Democratic wins in the Senate."
    -------
    You mean a pickup of 6 seats for the Republicans, don't you?

    May 3, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  14. Al-NY,NY

    Michael

    Obama – Hype and Blame
    --------------

    I see we have a new parrot who regurgitates the latest GOP drivel with pride...... So, how many $10 bumper stickers are you buying Michael? You'll need at least 2....one for your Edsel and one for your Studebaker...you know..the cars that were in vogue when the world was like the GOP wanted it.....women in the kitchen....gays were nowhere to be found.....minorities knew their place....

    May 3, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    Obama – Hype and Blame
    ----------

    Not at all. Just a friendly reminder that we DID have a 43rd President of the United States who didn't leave the country (the world actually) in the same shape it was when he took office. Quite the contrary. Etch A Sketch it anyway you like, but it's been a mighty big hole to dig out of ... no thanks to the Grand Obstructionist Party, or Mitt Romney for that matter. Far as I can tell, Old Mitt has sat back on his bum wishing for the worst - revelling in it actually.

    Obama/Biden (because going backwards just isn't an option anymore).

    May 3, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  16. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    You know, in a way the Republicans taking the House in 2010 was bad for the Republicans because they stopped Obama, Reid and Pelosi from wrecking the country even further and started the job growth. Now Obama and the Democrats are taking credit for it and trying to get the country to forget that first two years of Obama's term was FULL CONTROL of the Democrats and their insanity was crushing the country with NO JOB GROWTH.

    Republicans need to remind the American people about Obama and the Democrats insanity spree of 2009-2010.

    May 3, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Democrat Class Warfare ... wrote:

    Common Rudy, enough of the lies and half truths. $700 billion of that was a one time TARP expenditure to stabilize the banks. Much of it has since been repaid to the government.

    Obama's deficit spending is REALLY $1.0-1.5 TRILLION EVERY YEAR over what the government takes in. And this is BEFORE the Obamacare disaster hits the budget.
    ---------------
    The fact remains that FY2009 deficit was $1.5 Trillion, which as you note was because of the finanical crisis and TARP. The fact remains that in the last 6 months of 2008 we lost 4 million jobs, and another 4 million during the first 6 months of 2009, which dramtically cut revenue and also contributed to the $1.5 trillion FY2009 deficit.

    Did you know that FY2008 had a $600 billion deficit? Our current annual deficits represent the state of the economy that the Bush administration tiscal policies left it. Our current deficits were predicted a decade ago my Mitch Daniels, R-IN.

    May 3, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  18. Lynda/Minnesota

    "I see we have a new parrot who regurgitates the latest GOP drivel with pride......"

    With Mitt Romney as their candidate, tripe and lame is all they have. Silly of them to flaunt it, but there you have it.

    May 3, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  19. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    "You know, in a way the Republicans taking the House in 2010 was bad for the Republicans because they stopped Obama, Reid and Pelosi from wrecking the country even further and started the job growth."

    Wait, what? Please enlighten us on all the recent GOBP jobs bills and other initiatives that created jobs. Even the so-called "jobs" bills they try to pass aren't jobs bills.

    May 3, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |