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. Terry

    Mourdock can kiss his chances for a Senate Seat run goodbye. Palin cost John McCain the election in 2008 and I find it hard to believe that anyone takes her serious in 2012. Dick Lugar has done more for the state of Indiana and the country than Mourdock has done. Recently, Mourdock was forced to admit that over $525 Million Dollars in state revenue and expenditure accounting errors happened on his watch, and with the latest revelation that Mourdock is a tax fraud, average Republican voters fear that he may hurt the party in November. The GOP cannot afford to lose the Senate Seat held by Lugar, and Mourdock can easily be defeated in a General Election when Independents and Democrats address his tax evasion issues.

    April 27, 2012 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  2. michael in houston

    It is past time for both of these creatures of weirdness to leave the public domain. McCain for his dangerous and reckless decision to put this Nation which he professes to love within Palins reach proving he is both out of his mind and mentally unfit. And time for Palin who has overstayed her welcome and is about as liked as a blazing case of Ebola virus..there is nothing funny, appealing, interesting, or worthy in either and it is time for each to go away and leave this country alone.

    April 27, 2012 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  3. Johnny B. Goode

    Why are we seeing and hearing about Sarah the moose lady from Wasilla. Enough is enough. Give us a break.

    April 27, 2012 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  4. Squigman

    The two people pictured could not be more irrelevant if they tried. Why are we, the public, subjected to their rants and opinions? Really, if they don't get it, no one cares about what they have to say. They are not needed.

    April 27, 2012 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  5. Candy

    Once again,,,,She opens her mouth and STUPID falls out!!!

    April 27, 2012 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  6. NoDems

    It is a stupid comment Gabrielle: "They served on the same Republican presidential ticket in 2008, but they're divided over who to support in the 2012 Indiana Senate race.". It is America, it is democracy.... it shows the US system work well. For example, I do not like Obama, and I do not respect him at all, but people voted him as president. It does not mean I can not disagree with him.

    April 28, 2012 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  7. George

    Dumb and Dumber

    April 28, 2012 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  8. Ant

    Is not only that will happen in GOP party wait for the November.

    April 28, 2012 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  9. Vern

    some of what is said in quotes makes no sense. He works with Democrats, I would hope so, if they are right. We need to work together for the common good of the people and our nation. This Idea of opposing for the sake of opposing is getting a little tiring. If a republican has a good idea, work with it, if a Democrat does, work with it. Don't just say well we have our own plan and it's better. Y'all are waisting my time. Both sides take a look at what you are doing and ask a simple Question, how this been working for you. Just a commoner's thought.

    April 28, 2012 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  10. Islam4fools

    LOL McCain and Palin were never "running together". Sarah Palin was running McCain's show and poor McCain was just sitting in the backseat watching his car crash.

    April 28, 2012 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  11. Richard "BONEHEAD" Cheney

    Lugar needs six more years to complete what he hasn't done in the previous thirty-six.

    April 28, 2012 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  12. Dave A.

    i'm with you Will. These people are ego maniacs and show no true leadership skills

    April 28, 2012 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  13. brad

    A has been and a never was. Next

    April 28, 2012 02:45 am at 2:45 am |
  14. Sydnium S. Adolsen

    And that's why they didn't win.

    April 28, 2012 03:26 am at 3:26 am |
  15. Cynthia Wright

    Two pathetic losers! Go away and never be heard from again!!!

    April 28, 2012 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  16. Tam

    They think they're still relevant and we want to know what they think and say?!

    April 28, 2012 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  17. petena

    who in the heck cares what Palin has to say. What gives her any credibility. She is a dropout at everything she does. Did not finish at any one school. did not finish as a governor. Failed as a vp candidate. Failed at raising her kids. She is a complete failure.

    April 28, 2012 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  18. neil

    Does anyone really care who either of these two losers support?This and 73 cents will get you a cup of coffee.

    April 28, 2012 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  19. scott

    good!!! now, i hope dick lugar loses. sen mccain, u gave us this idiot, now you deal with it...

    April 28, 2012 07:16 am at 7:16 am |

    Snooki Palin is the kiss of death in elections.

    April 28, 2012 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  21. Nick San Diegon

    Who gives a rats a– about these two . I'd rather hear about Mrs Smith planting her garden rather than these two losers.

    April 28, 2012 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  22. Anonymous

    "whom" -– as in : whom to support

    April 28, 2012 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  23. EffortPA

    I wish people would listen to Palin this time so we can have a repeat of the what happened to Joe Miller in Alaska. A Mourdock win this time would only increase the chances of the Democratic candidate wining the election, just as it happened with Joe Miller and Lisa Murkowski. Go Sarah, go! Your involvement is crucial in this election!

    April 28, 2012 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  24. Marie MD

    I am sorry, but why is this news? If that insane old man and his equally insane group of "advisors" hadn't been so hell bent on winning an election in 2008 he would have gone back to AZ to bask in the sun of his who knows how many houses and the bimbo from AK would never have been center state on anything worse than who is the most vindictive high pitch annoying woman in AK contest.

    April 28, 2012 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  25. Terry

    Talk about too losers leaning on each other. Palin and Mourdock. Now there is a matchup made by the Democrats.

    April 28, 2012 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
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