(CNN) – At the close of one of the toughest primary challenges dealt an incumbent this year, Sen. Dick Lugar of Indiana argued in an interview Tuesday that he is one of the bright spots in a body many see dimly.
"The public as a whole may be unhappy with one party or the other, but they're very unhappy with the Congress as a whole for their inability to make decisions," Lugar told CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash. "I'm a person who makes sure we do get on with it, that there is progress, and with personal vigor I argue with people.
(CNN) – Former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum has made an endorsement - but it's not the one Mitt Romney may be waiting for.
The former senator from Pennsylvania tweeted his support Friday for State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, who is challenging the seat's long-time holder, Sen. Dick Lugar.
(CNN) – The latest poll in Indiana's hard-fought Republican Senate primary shows Sen. Dick Lugar, the most senior Republican in the U.S. Senate, facing a ten-point deficit against his challenger Richard Mourdock.
With Indiana voters set to hit the polls on Tuesday, the Howey-DePauw University survey showed Mourdock at 48% and Lugar at 38%. Those figures included respondents who said they were leaning toward a candidate, as well as people who said they were firm in their choice.
(CNN) - With less than four days before the Indiana Senate primary, incumbent Sen. Dick Lugar and his challenger Richard Mourdock made their closing arguments in new television ads released Friday - the final spots of a long, often-times ugly nomination battle.
"America faces serious challenges, but Hoosiers' courage and determination are unbreakable. It's this spirit that guides me every day in the Senate," Lugar says in the ad, "Spirit."
(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.
(CNN) - Add Rep. Michele Bachmann and anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist to the growing list of national conservatives supporting Richard Mourdock in his quest to unseat Sen. Dick Lugar of Indiana.
On Twitter, Bachmann announced Wednesday her endorsement of the Indiana state treasurer, less than a week before Mourdock and Lugar face off in the Republican primary.
(CNN) – The race for Indiana's Republican U.S. Senate nomination – already a scathing campaign – got a little uglier Tuesday, as incumbent GOP Sen. Dick Lugar hit rival Richard Mourdock on his record as the state's treasurer.
Indiana Republicans will choose next Tuesday between Lugar, the longest serving Republican in the Senate, and Mourdock, who has the support of major tea party and other conservative groups.
Washington (CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden heads to Missouri and Indiana Monday to raise campaign cash.
The vice president will be the center of attention at fundraisers in Kansas City, Missouri and Munster, Indiana. The Kansas City fundraiser will be a luncheon at a private residence, with ticket prices starting at $5,000 and the Munster event will also be held a private residence, with ticket prices starting at $250, an Obama re-election campaign official told CNN.
(CNN) – They served on the same Republican presidential ticket in 2008, but they're divided over who to support in the 2012 Indiana Senate race.
Sen. John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee and his former vice presidential running mate former Gov. Sarah Palin picked their candidates in the state's Republican primary on Friday with McCain backing fellow incumbent Sen. Richard Lugar and Palin supporting Lugar challenger and State Treasurer Richard Mourdock.
(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."