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. don

    Sarah Palin is an idiot.

    April 27, 2012 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  2. A.C.

    Sarah Palin is about as dumb as a doorknob, and McCain has been ib the Senate since irs been the Senate. He needs to sit down too. The idea that a senator might actually befriend of the President of the United States and that that's a negative is insane! They both should be irrelevant; they had their chance. Btw, there are dummies who have learned to capitalize on their dumbness and make money...Sarah Palin is Exhibit A. I'm not mad at her for that. I'm mad at McCain for unleashing this clown on America, and double mad at just the THOUGHT that folks actually give her ANY kind of creadibility...Just dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb, DUMB!

    April 27, 2012 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  3. BK

    Palin's endorsement is the kiss of death

    April 27, 2012 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  4. naypeau

    The almost blind leading the dumb ..... quite succinctly sums up these two.
    Blind to what the country needs & too dumb to do anything good about it.
    I will never forgive John McCain for UNleashing Sarah Palinitis upon us.
    I say Unleashing because she could not win an ugly dog contest. (Although there are no ugly dogs actually)
    I say Palinitis because she is a minor infection.
    How they teamed up is not the stuff of legend, it's more like how a kleenex & something in your nose teams up, or the bottom of your shoe teams up with a dog's doodoo.
    Get my point?

    April 27, 2012 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  5. A.C.

    And another thing...The folks of Alaska who kept re-electing Sister Sarah need their behinds whipped, along w/ McCain. Let' s forget about, for a second, her inability to talk in debt on ANY substantive issue, the woman can even string together ONE complete and methodical sentence. And to think that she was a journalist beforehand. That being said, her opinion is worthless! No, I' m not some left leaning liberal who ” hates Palin” (as many on the right will allege), I just hate stupid, and to see folks HELP PROMOTE stupid...Just let her speak publicly again...If I was an attorney in a court rm making my case, I would simply use her own soundbite to seal the deal.

    April 27, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  6. A.C.

    That's can't even..

    April 27, 2012 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  7. A.C.

    In depth, instead of debt...

    April 27, 2012 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  8. Luke,AZ

    When will the Republican party split into three parties; moderates,evangelicals and tea partiers ?

    April 27, 2012 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  9. Educator 36

    Palin cost Mc Cain the presidency–many moderates, including me, would have voted for him had it not been for her–bad decision on his part–she was clearly unprepared and still is...

    April 27, 2012 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  10. D J Davis

    And . . . I don't think these 2 endorsements will make a difference for either candidate. After watching the McCain/Palin movie, I doubt if anyone will ask for her endorsement.

    April 27, 2012 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  11. yogi

    These two are completely irrelevant, and so is the right wing of the GOP. It truly is unbelievable how widespread dumbness is in the electorate of the Republican party. Wherever the GOP is in power, there is a serious eroding of democratic principles and a void of common sense. Hopefully large numbers of Democrats will turn out in November to combat these dark GOP forces.
    Obama 2012, and hopefully a majority in the Senate and the House as well to save this country from destruction within.

    April 27, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  12. Jon

    Is there anyone with a brain who would listen to anything this bimbo has to say? Would anyone in their right mind
    base their vote on this idiot's endorsement?

    April 27, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  13. Ricardo

    Who care? McCain n Palin, Dumb n Dumbest

    April 27, 2012 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  14. educator

    How mavericky!!

    April 27, 2012 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  15. joejeffrey

    Yep, that's what Indiana needs: a fanatic who thinks working with people you disagree with is evil. Palin and all the other fanatics have never understood that America is a nation in which equally smart, equally well-intentioned people with equally deeply held values disagree. Fanatics want to solve that problem by sledgehammering all who disagree with them. That isn't and never has been the American way.

    April 27, 2012 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  16. Robert

    WHat two people could be more irelevent to our lives? What a couple of clowns!

    April 27, 2012 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  17. Macollins

    Just goes to show how far apart these two were.

    April 27, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  18. NateFromIndiana

    I feel sympathy for Lugar since I've voted for him in the past when he was a reasonable guy who worked across the aisle to get things done. Now he's being cannibalized by people who don't think he's been sufficiently obstructionist, and sadly he's also lost independents like me because of his recent abandonment of bi-partisanship in an attempt to head off this tea party showdown. Political extremism is a war in which nobody wins.

    April 27, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  19. Dick Cheney is the smegma of mankind!

    McCrypt and Miss Alaskan Anal Sphincter of 2008 are back together again?

    What fond memories of complete GOP incompetence are brought forth when again viewing the Geezer/Gidget ticket for 2008!!

    April 27, 2012 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  20. thomas

    McCain, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, described Obama as a disaster for American national security — notably taking issue with the Democrat's administration for refusing (thus far) to arm Syria's outgunned opposition.

    Would somebody give John McCain a fighter jet and a bottle of Geritol for the flight over Damascus .
    I'm sure Mitt Romneys five sons will volunteer to go with him.

    April 27, 2012 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  21. sadlyperturbed

    So Sarah would like to see another candidate who will not work together for the good of the country, but instead represent only "conservative" values. A conservative set of values, I might point out, that the American people have seen fail for many years now. Good work Sarah, you slam another nail in your political cof fin.

    April 27, 2012 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  22. William dodge

    Will they just go away

    April 27, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  23. JimAR

    Who's the leather grandmother with the funny glasses and bad hairdo?

    April 27, 2012 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  24. mlynn

    Your comments,opinions and rants, John, are simply not of any significance.

    April 27, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  25. DTD in New Mexico

    As expected, Sarah 'The Quiiter" once again reminds us what an radical, right-wing-extremist IDIOT she is by endorsing the Tea Party candidate!! (Not that her endorsement of ANY candidate really matters. Rational, intelligent Americans pretty much dismissed her as a NUTJOB whose opinion is pure crapola a LOOOONG time ago.)

    April 27, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
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