(CNN) – GOP Sen. Dick Lugar is prepared to defend his seat in 2012, reporting $3.5 million in cash on hand at the end of June.
Although Tea Party activists have launched a campaign against the incumbent Indiana senator, whom they accuse of being too moderate, Lugar will report $900,000 in contributions for the second quarter of fundraising to the Federal Election Commission according to an e-mail sent to supporters Tuesday.
Washington (CNN) - A top State Department legal adviser told members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday that the 1973 War Powers Resolution does not apply to the U.S. military intervention in Libya - an assertion sharply disputed by many members of Congress.
Harold Koh argued that the measure is not applicable because America's role in the NATO-led mission is limited in terms of its scope, means, exposure of U.S. forces, and chances of escalation.
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."
Washington (CNN) – The ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Monday criticized the mission underway in Libya saying "there are no guidelines for success."
In an interview set to air Monday on CNN's "John King, USA," Republican Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana said the operation has not been clearly defined.
(CNN) - Several Republican senators have announced their intent to retire rather than run for re-election in 2012, but Indiana Sen. Dick Lugar is gearing up for his campaign "with boots on the ground."
In an interview with CNN's Chief National Correspondent John King, on "John King, USA," Lugar said of the race, "Oh I'm in til the end."
Washington (CNN)– Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock says Sen. Richard Lugar is "Barack Obama's favorite Republican."
Mourduck made the comments Tuesday morning as he formally announced his primary challenge to Lugar. Mourdock kicked off his campaign with an event in the state capital of Indianapolis, to be followed by a three-day swing across the entire state of Indiana. The state treasurer says he's got the backing of almost three-quarters of the state's GOP county party chairmen and women.
Washington (CNN) – Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York criticized Republican demands to cut spending in a short-term spending resolution that would continue funding the government while negotiations persist on a longer-term plan.
Appearing Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union," Schumer said compromise is necessary to avoid a government shutdown that will be bad for everyone.
Washington (CNN) - A senior adviser to Sen. Dick Lugar says the Indiana Republican will keep reaching out to tea party groups, even though a leading national tea party organization is now working to defeat him.
"Senator Lugar has met with Tea Party leaders and corresponded with many members in Indiana. He will continue to do so with the hope that they will support his efforts to reduce spending and create a business climate that supports job growth," senior Lugar adviser Mark Helmke told CNN Wednesday.
Washington (CNN) - A conservative group that hopes to find a consensus candidate to launch a primary challenge against Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana says it welcomes the announcement that the state treasurer will mount a bid to oust the longtime Republican lawmaker.
"Hoosiers for Conservative Senate are pleased to learn that Senator Lugar will be challenged in the May 2012 primary," says Greg Fettig, one of the organization's founders. "We welcome State Treasurer Mourdock into the race and wish him success and look forward to the likely entrance of others into the race.
Washington (CNN) - Tea Party activists in Indiana head to the nation's capital Monday morning to try and urge longtime Republican Sen. Richard Lugar not to run for re-election. But retirement appears to be far from Lugar's mind as he begins to ramp up his bid for a seventh term.
Members of Hoosiers for a Conservative Senate are expected outside Lugar's Capitol Hill office Monday morning to deliver a scroll urging Lugar to retire. members of the Tea Party Express, a national tea party organization, as well as D.C.-area tea party activists, will attend to show their support, said a representative of the Indiana group.