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. Rick Will

    Who the heck cares, thank you John McCain for sacrificing serious and intelligent political debate with a desperate move to elevate an ill informed an iin incapable person as a running mate in 2010. History is not likely to forgive you, nor will I.

    April 27, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  2. hybrid crystal ball

    my crystall ball says NONE OF YOU ARE RIGHT

    April 27, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  3. Marie

    Just saw that a poll came out that has Lugar behind. It was time for the thriller from Wasilla to jump and hope she can claim a win. Why wasn't she in Indiana campaigning for him all along??

    April 27, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  4. The Real Truth and Nothing But Real Truth

    Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines – Again with the Big Lie about the $5 trillion? You forgot to subtract the part Bush and your GOBP cult own.
    Obama and the Democrat's were in full control of the government for Obama's first 2 years and some how they are Bush's deficits? Why didn't Obama and the Democrats cut spending and lower the deficits? Oh yeah, they didn't want to. They want to spend a trillion dollars on a bogus stimulus boondoogle. I guess Bush forced them to spend all that money through his superior telepathic powers of persuation. Do you have any idea how insane you sound by blaming Bush 3 and 4 years after he left office? So is that the Obama plan for the NEXT 4 years too???

    April 27, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  5. John

    John McCain and Saran Palin are the world biggest Loser so who care what either one back.

    April 27, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  6. Novote4republicansin2012

    Republican Hypocrisy at it's very best.


    April 27, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  7. PJ/TX

    The Old Man and the Tea(bag). Motto "Never let them see you compromise".

    April 27, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  8. Pete/Ark

    Check that photo....3 big boobs...................

    April 27, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  9. tom

    I would think an endorsement from Palin is like the kiss of death. (or kiss of the spider woman) John Mc Cain has nobody but himself to blame for forcing this bimbo air head idiot on the country. SHe has about as much relevance in politics as one of the KarTRASHians.

    April 27, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  10. the Situation

    HAHAHAHAHA! McPain, you see what you done. 4 years ago, you brought this person onto the scene and her 15 minutes of fame is long time gone, she still won't go away. Thank you McSenile!

    April 27, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  11. Ed

    Interesting situation they're in, but it's not all that serious or surprising. They're allowed to disagree on things.

    And Rick WIll, I 100% agree.

    April 27, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  12. larry

    Lugar is my senator and he does not live in Indiana...this state is too red. We have one senator that is a carpetbagger lobbyist and Lugar too. These people in Indiana will vote for anyone that is a republican.

    April 27, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  13. DEG

    Thanks Senator McCain, for bringing this idiot into the national spotlight and giving her a platform for her lunacy. She could have stayed quiet and unassuming in Alaska...but Noooooooo!! you had to roll the dice on a VP choice even though there were a lot of qualified Republican women you could have chosen from (Condoleezza Rice, Sen. Susan Collins, Sen. Olympia Snowe, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson). Thanks John!! You still and will always be a hero for your service. You are a true patriot of the 1st order, but you are the Dr. Fankenstein of the 21st Century for creating the monster that is Sarah Palin.

    April 27, 2012 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  14. AL-NY,NY

    whomever the screeching harpie from Alaska likes, go for the other guy....and I STILL wouldn't like Lugar in teh vote

    April 27, 2012 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  15. TPF

    Neither one of these clowns are relevant to anything.

    April 27, 2012 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  16. PTBarnumboy

    I suspect the DNC would love to see this picture plastered all over the place until mid November. Sorry folks but this a picture of a has-been and a never-was.

    April 27, 2012 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  17. lcleejr

    what a disaster. the man that made palin famous, and the woman that constantly embarrassed her party with her ignorance. a no brainer on who to support.

    April 27, 2012 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  18. Gov Quittypants

    Who cares who Mr. Melanoma and poisonous Mrs. Celebritician endorses anyway. Nobody listens to them except for entertainment.

    April 27, 2012 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  19. JohnRJohnson

    Neither one of these people was ever honest about their feelings about each other. McCain has always known that Palin is a know-nothing, and she never had any respect for him at all, given her behavior during the campaign. The fact that they don't agree on this race is insignificant.

    April 27, 2012 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  20. TM

    Now I want to see Lugar win, if for no other reason than to serve as an example of just how much of a political liability Palin is. Her "endorsement" should be the kiss of death to any candidate.

    April 27, 2012 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  21. PalinIsPathetic

    Sarah Palin has a serious mental problem...have you noticed her patterns? Throws herself to the media, then cries they hate her...John McCain wasn't thinking between his ears when he picked her...and she didn't get there by shaking hands...
    I don't think it matters what they say...everyone just wants them to go away...just walk away and make it easy on yourself!
    There was never any's too bad Sarah didn't do the Christian way and study and right the wrongs she created...

    April 27, 2012 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  22. Randy, San Francisco

    Palin continues to be an albatross around the neck of McCain.

    April 27, 2012 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  23. Ron

    "Some in Indiana are claiming Dick Lugar is Obama's friend. That's ridiculous...." McCain said in the spot. "Dick Lugar is a patriot and a hero, and we need him in the United States Senate." In other words, if you're a friend of Obama you could not be a patriot or a hero. It is sad but true that the political discourse these days is rubbish. You have to suggest that the opposition is somehow a traitor.

    April 27, 2012 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |

    I would take McCain's advise over Half Gov. Palin's nonsense any day of the week. I don't even know why anyone would seek Hal Gov, Plaine's support?!?

    April 27, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  25. Ken in NC

    Palin should keep her foul mouth out of the business of other states. She couldn't even run Alaska for 4 years and here she is trying to tell the people of who they should vote for. She is one National Joe.

    April 27, 2012 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
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