Down to the wire: Final ads released in Indiana Senate race
May 4th, 2012
11:14 AM ET
3 years ago

Down to the wire: Final ads released in Indiana Senate race

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

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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McCain vs. Palin in Indiana Senate race
John McCain and Sarah Palin attend a campaign rally at Pima County Fairgrounds on March 26, 2010 in Tucson, Arizona.
April 27th, 2012
04:09 PM ET
3 years ago

McCain vs. Palin in Indiana Senate race

(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.
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Pat Boone's Lugar love
April 27th, 2012
09:34 AM ET
3 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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Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Indiana • Richard Lugar • Senate
With clock ticking, Indiana GOP Senate race heats up
In his re-election bid, Republican Sen. Dick Lugar (pictured) faces a major challenge from the right by Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock.
April 23rd, 2012
11:01 AM ET
3 years ago

With clock ticking, Indiana GOP Senate race heats up

(CNN) – Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock's campaign released a new radio ad Monday, hammering six-term incumbent Sen. Dick Lugar of Indiana and adding to the thickening tension between the two candidates in the final two weeks of the primary race.

The 60-second spot directly takes on recent Lugar attacks ads that target Mourdock as a tax fraud, highlighting the ads as "misleading," "an exaggeration" and " straining the facts."
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Indiana governor stands by Sen. Lugar in new ad
April 22nd, 2012
05:37 PM ET
3 years ago

Indiana governor stands by Sen. Lugar in new ad

(CNN) – Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels stars in a new television ad released Sunday by Sen. Dick Lugar’s re-election campaign, defending the longtime Republican senator against intra-party opposition.

“The truth can take a beating in campaign time, and this year it’s Dick Lugar on the receiving end,” Daniels says in the ad. “It’s funny in a way, these folks from elsewhere, here telling us who’s a real Hoosier.”
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Lugar's tax day attack
April 17th, 2012
11:36 AM ET
3 years ago

Lugar's tax day attack

(CNN) – Indiana Sen. Dick Lugar's campaign used Tax Day to release a negative ad reminding voters of a big tax error made by his GOP rival and state treasurer Richard Mourdock.

The 30-second TV spot, titled "Trust," questioned Mourdock's integrity by claiming the candidate received "$45,000 in illegal second homestead tax deductions" from 2008-2010.
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Mudslinging Indiana sen. primary sees no mud in Lugar-Mourdock debate
April 12th, 2012
02:29 AM ET
3 years ago

Mudslinging Indiana sen. primary sees no mud in Lugar-Mourdock debate

(CNN) – Given their hard-fought campaign battles, Wednesday night’s debate between Indiana Sen. Dick Lugar and State Treasurer Richard Mourdock could have devolved into a bruising political smackdown.

It didn’t.

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Longest serving Senate Republican fighting to keep seat
April 11th, 2012
12:24 PM ET
3 years ago

Longest serving Senate Republican fighting to keep seat

(CNN) – It's been 12 years since Indiana Sen. Dick Lugar faced off in a campaign debate.

That streak ends Wednesday night when the most senior Republican member of the Senate shares the stage with his conservative GOP challenger, Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, at a debate in Indianapolis that will be televised statewide in Indiana.
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NRA hits Lugar as primary day approaches
April 9th, 2012
09:56 AM ET
3 years ago

NRA hits Lugar as primary day approaches

(CNN) – A tough battle for Indiana's Republican Senate nomination got uglier Monday as the National Rifle Association began airing television ads blasting incumbent Sen. Richard Lugar for failing to uphold gun ownership rights.

The group has endorsed Lugar's challenger, Indiana state treasurer Richard Mourdock, ahead of the May 8 GOP senate primary. The race against Mourdock has seen Lugar, a six-term veteran of the U.S. Senate, challenged by tea party groups and others who proclaim him to be too moderate.
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