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
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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. ksboston

    "Some in Indiana are claiming Dick Lugar is Obama's friend. That's ridiculous... "Dick Lugar is a patriot and a hero, and we need him in the United States Senate."

    That sums up the republican creed: Anyone who is a friend of the President of the United States cannot possibly be a patriot. Lies, Damn lies, and GOP talking points.

    April 27, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Could you imagine how many would be unemployed if we had followed republicans stupidity and had let GM and Chrysler fail? Almost two million auto related jobs would have been lost because Ford would not have been able to get parts either. Republicans have tried to destroy America because they made an oath to Grover Norquist, instead of an oath to America.

    April 27, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. Thomas

    @The Real Truth and Nothing But Real Truth
    Thomas – You can't have freedom without affordable healthcare , you can't have decent healthcare without affordable education.
    What utter nonsense. We had freedom long before healthcare and there is no linkage at all between affordable education and decent healthcare.

    And you can't have ANY of them without paying for them. It is not the role of government to provide for all human needs. I suggst you start exercising some personal responsibilty, get a job, and pay for them. The government is NOT your mommy and daddy.

    My Mommy was a nurse , My daddy a doctor , They both did service during world war two, they believed in affordable healthcare for all . My Daddy who was a friend of , and a supporter of Ronald Reagan until Reagan destroyed the mental health system in California. By Reagan closing hospitals and cutting costs , Reagan created a ten times more costly failure on society , that to this day is still dysfunctional.
    My Mommy and Daddy taught me education is important , Health care is necessity for a civilized country, and wars are costly.

    As for your comment that we had freedom before health care , we also had voting before civil rights . I think there was a time when woman and African Americans could not vote ?

    Maybe your mommy and daddy taught you , wars are cheep , education is not important and freedom has nothing to do with justice for all .

    I doubt they did .

    Also, my employment nor my diet has nothing to do with my freedom of speech , as dose yours !

    April 27, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  4. Jack Be Nimble

    I can`t believe these 2 are seen in public together, they must have been paid

    April 27, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Since Sarah endorsed Florida republican and resident crazy man, Allen West, I think her recommendations are worthless. Even Fox foreign owned media with a criminal boss, is beginning to realize AIP Sarah has over stayed her welcome.

    April 27, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  6. JPX

    That picture is just a sad reminder that being a self-proclaimed "maverick" is probably not something to be proud of. A maverick is someone who makes impulsive decisions (e.g. choosing Palin as a running mate). I don't want a "maverick" in the White House. I want someone who is calm, cool, and collected. I'm so embarrassed for Republicans.

    April 27, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  7. Kevin

    Who's endorsement am i going to take more seriously, a guy who is a war hero and been a lifelong senator. Or a woman who quit her job as governor to write a book and be a talking head.

    April 27, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  8. scoobypoo

    You go, Sarah! And take the witch doctor with you.

    April 27, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  9. Marie

    She waits until less than two weeks before the primary and thinks she is going to make a difference. Whatever the outcome, it is well on its' way without her. Here we go again – she waits until she sees what direction the wind may be blowing before she endorses and IF they win, she thinks she had an influence... When will this woman go away?

    April 27, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  10. bosfaninva

    She looks like a cheap trollop and he is a pathetic old fool.

    April 27, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  11. Cindy

    Lugar – one of our most knowledgeable Senators on Foreign policy is absolutely needed by our government. He is one of the more reasonable heads in Washington. It is amazing how dumb-A.. Palin is. Not to talk to someone because he speaks to the other side. I thought this was a democracy. What kind of government is Palin trying to create?

    April 27, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  12. The REAL Truth.. (not the imposter)

    I was even considering voting for McCain last time – until he was forced into adding Pain to attract the female vote. Wow, that worked so well. I fully expect Mittens to do something typically GOP-rational and make the same blunder. The party of no has no clue, no platform, no idea that women want to control their own bodies, no candidates, no platform (yes, I know I repeated) and no chance in Nov!

    April 27, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  13. Snuffy2

    She is a private citizen. What difference does it make who she endorses. She is 100% irrelevant on the public stage, my old high school's senior class president in South Bend who now runs a tire company could make an endorsement with as much relevance.

    Of course, I view the entire GOP as pretty much irrelevant, but that's just me.

    April 27, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  14. lathebiosas

    Backing by Palin is the kiss of death. Nice leathers too....

    April 27, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  15. allens

    si what they say is, if you agree with a good idea from the opposite party, you are not a conservative. these are not americans, they are politicians. this is what americans are tired of, politicians that care more for their party than the citizens.

    April 27, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  16. Elizabeth Warren

    The Real Tom Paine - If you had your way, none of them would have a job interview again.
    Wrong, that is Obama plan. He has succeeded in driving MILLIONS out of the workforce to make the unemployment rate go down. No more job interviews for those people thanks to Obama. Just think how many FEWER working Americans we can have with 4 more years of Obama failure. At his current rate another 3-5 million.

    End the Obama "WAR on JOBS". Vote Romney for a prosperous EMPLOYED America.

    April 27, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  17. once upon a horse

    well Palin and McCain did not agree on who to support for POTUS either. She was a Newtie and of course he picked Mitt.

    April 27, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  18. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans are running from Palin because they don't want a 2008 repeat.

    April 27, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  19. Katie

    The GOP splits the vote. Hmm. Who do you side with? McCain's definition of being a patriot (someone NOT friendly to the president of the United States) or Sarah Palin, whose has a weird habit of choosing supposed conservatives like long-time politican, ethically challenged Gingrich or politically inexperienced, ethically challenged Christine O'Donnell? Who are they running against? Maybe that's the one who deserves the vote....

    April 27, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  20. 1twinsfan

    So...the choice is between is below average intelligence quitter or the man who chose her to be his running mate? Is "none of the above" an option?

    April 27, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  21. james pfeiffer

    This is the lowest point in our long history of democracy. When you have people who are so obviously inept as a Sarah Palin weighing in on who we should or shouldn't vote for...well, we are in trouble. To actually disparage Lugar by saying he has worked too close with our president, as if that was some sort of negative, totally supports my first sentence. We are dead in the water if these two parties can't work together! Palin's status as resident clown and media diva have only distorted our democratic process. I honestly believe that only the dumbest people give this moron any credence. She is a cash-cow media train wreck riding the tracks of our democratic demise.

    April 27, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  22. Pete/Ark

    So , nothing has changed in 4 years....."status quo" is NOT "news"

    April 27, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  23. Mark in Seattle

    Mr and the tramp.

    April 27, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  24. NanookoftheNorth

    Sarah, get your butt back up here to Wasilla. There's huntin' for Liberals to be done and you know it's gettin' to be mosquito huntin' season too. We need 'ya girl.....and your sharpshooter !

    April 27, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  25. Bonnie

    Either one will win...that's my prediction 🙂

    April 27, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
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