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
8 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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McCain, the senior Arizona senator, recorded a radio ad for Lugar, set to run in the state on Friday, in which he highlights the six-term incumbent's opposition to "Obamacare" and efforts to keep the United States safe. Lugar is the ranking Republican on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

"Some in Indiana are claiming Dick Lugar is Obama's friend. That's ridiculous, and I know firsthand because I fight alongside him every day in the Senate," McCain said in the spot. "Dick Lugar is a patriot and a hero, and we need him in the United States Senate."

Palin announced her support of Mourdock in a Facebook post. She said Lugar's service is "appreciated," but "it's time for the torch to pass to conservative leadership in Washington."

"Indiana deserves a conservative in the Senate who will fight for the Hoosier State, uphold our Constitution, and not just go along to get along with the vested interests of the permanent political class in D.C.," Palin wrote.

"Our response to Palin is that we have a new ad out today from Gov. Daniels and the ad from Sen. McCain," Lugar spokesman Andy Fisher told CNN.

Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana released his second television spot in support of Lugar on Friday.

Lugar and Mourdock are set to face off in the Republican primary on May 8, the first significant primary challenge Lugar has sustained since he entered the Senate in 1976.

Mourdock, who has criticized Lugar's past work with Democrats, enters the final phase of the campaign with backing from major conservative groups, while Lugar has painted himself as a consistently conservative fighter on behalf of Hoosier voters.

Filed under: 2012 • Indiana • John McCain • Richard Lugar • Sarah Palin • Senate
soundoff (214 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    This vote should be a no brainer. They're voting for a conservative or an ideologue.

    But, having driven through Indiana a couple of times in the past year, I was shocked by the right wing talk radio. It seemed like I was in hyperspace. Overlapping radio stations meant that you could hear Rush 2,3 or 4 places on the dial at the same time. Reruns of Rush in the morning, evening and late night meant you heard all day and all night. And, that was just Rush. Throw in the other syndicated right wing talk shows and you've got saturation.

    The ideologue wins.

    April 27, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    Any suggestion that Lugar is not conservative enough is ridiculous. He is a thoughtful, intelligent legislator who sees the bigger picture beyond party lines: that alone will ensure his primary is nasty and vicious. If Mourdock wins, it puts the seat in play.

    April 27, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. Gurgyl

    I do not want to see these two idiots ever.... World is laughing @ GOP nonsense.

    April 27, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Some news commentator asked Palin a question regarding something being "inevitable and she commented saying "edible". This woman is a certified, bonifide idiot so who cares who she supports, nobody needs that kind of support unless they are pretty desperate.

    April 27, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  5. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    Is she modeling this year's Feminazi Collection from the Limbaugh House of Fashion?

    April 27, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  6. tony

    As many JOBS as President Obama's stimulus and auto bailout has provided for Indiana in addition to safety net legislation for the very many very poor in Indiana, I cannot fathom too many sane people listening to Palin...she might need to actually visit Elkhart, Gary, Hammond, Kokomo and many other cities to see the truly needy and how they were helped by compassionate policies. Compassion is not a demon folks!

    April 27, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  7. Jim Hahn

    Apparently compromise is a dirty word and working with your fellow senators from across the aisle is forbidden because that actually gets things done rather than advance the conservative cause of doing nothing.

    April 27, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  8. Thomas

    Romney / Palin
    Why not 2012 ?

    April 27, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  9. Orwell asks

    Why are they not holding hands?
    At least blow some kisses and look like they are enjoying each other.
    They look like they are passing gas.

    April 27, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  10. Donald "ORANGE JULIUS" Trump

    Its absolutely super to see these to idiots continue to make fool of themselves and their party.

    April 27, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  11. ntu

    But she has read all of them – really, she has. Her lips are numb

    April 27, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  12. The Real Truth and Nothing But Real Truth

    36 years is far too long in government. Lugar needs to retire. He's not a bad guy but I am opposed to career politicians from either party. Watching Byrd and Kennedy die in office, clinging to power with their last breath was horrendous. After 75, go enjoy what you have left of your life.

    April 27, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  13. A Disgusted Former Republican

    If Sister Sarah makes a recommendation, you know you should vote for the other candadate!

    April 27, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  14. The Real Truth and Nothing But Real Truth

    tony - As many JOBS as President Obama's stimulus
    Now THAT is a news flash!!! Please hurry and post where they are so the 20 million that are unemployed can get a job. They have been waiting for over 3 years so please don't delay.

    April 27, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. Strategic Bob

    I wonder how often McCain has cried himself to sleep over his mistake in picking Palin. Senator Lugar is a principled and thoughtful man who has done a lot of good for the nation – the whole nation. No wonder the Rethuglicans are trying to boot him out. If they succeed, it might well result in a Democrat winning the seat. That would not be so bad, but I would rather see the last honest and intelligent Republican in the Senate stay there.

    April 27, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  16. ST

    Folks in Indiana know which person suits them well. They do not need to hear what people form Alaska or Arizona tell them what to do. Once the election is over, they will be gone and you won't hear them again.

    April 27, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  17. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    The old fart and the imbecile...What a nail biter!

    April 27, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  18. Clint, Wa.

    Told ya it wouldn't last!!

    April 27, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  19. The Real Tom Paine

    tony, in their Objectivist view of the world, compassion is a demon that distracts one from the ultimate expression of virtue: greed. Always remember that the GOP is now subscribing to the views of a person who felt that greed is the ultimate virtue, and that the poor and the government are the villains who are out to destroy the virtuous greedy folks who've made it. That's the GOP world view, courtesy of Ayn Rand, a second-rate novelist and atheist. I suppose the Tea Party will come out with an " Atlas Shrugged" comic book soon.

    April 27, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  20. TheTraveler

    I have no idea why anyone thinks this as newsworthy ...

    April 27, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  21. Bootstomper

    This Republican party is on the verge of complete irrelevance, the demographics in this country are never going back to the days of Ozzie and Harriet or father knows best. As long as the likes of Palin and Bachman are around spewing there brand of conservative hate the GOP is never going to win national elections.

    April 27, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  22. BLKMANinAmerica

    PLEASE go away already, no one really gives a rats pattui about what either think about anyone. So full of themselfs.

    April 27, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  23. The Real Tom Paine

    -The Real Truth and Nothing But Real Truth

    tony – As many JOBS as President Obama's stimulus
    Now THAT is a news flash!!! Please hurry and post where they are so the 20 million that are unemployed can get a job. They have been waiting for over 3 years so please don't delay.
    No thanks to people like you, they will get a job. If you had your way, none of them would have a job interview again. After all, what would you have to complain about if things get better? You are a sad, pathetic person.

    April 27, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  24. works4me

    Really?? I mean really?? Who gives a rats ( ! ). They're both idiots. Him for picking her and her for just being her!

    April 27, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  25. SPLAT!~

    WOW! It's the battle for the BIGGEST LOSER!~

    April 27, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
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