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. trex

    .There ya go republicans........the TRUE divide of your party. First, you have a man who has devoted his ENTIRE LIFE in service to his country, flown combat missions, withstood torture and captivity by our enemies. This MAN among men told the TRUTH as he saw it. During his run as gop nominee, at a town meeting, an older woman began ranting that Obama was a Muslim and never an American and just kept spewing lie after lie. JOHM MCCAIN had her stop, and TOLD THE TRUTH, that Obama was a US Senator just like him, and that he knew Obama was an honorable man. THAT TOOK GUTS, to tell the TRUTH in the face of hatred and bigotry displayed by the ugly side of human nature.
    Then you have Palin, who spouts lie after lie,"I can See Russia from my house"........."DEATH PANELS" and claims of media bias because she doesn't READ. Palan has turned into a sideshow, and McCain has been labeled a RINO.
    The gop has turned into a group of hateful, racist, unscientific, uneducated, and the misinformed gun nuts, lead by the ultra RICH AND CORPORATE MORPHS for THEIR GREATER GAIN.

    April 28, 2012 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  2. clarke

    We need someone who has common sense and logic. We need to start working together and be flexible toward a common goal of the the United States and all the people. We need someone who is for all the people, not special interest and not self serving.

    April 28, 2012 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  3. Jo

    Will someone kindly escort Mrs. Palin off the Stage...with her endorsements of Adam West, Newt Gingrich and now this tea party favorite against Lugar....it looks like she is auditioning for Saturday Night Live...She is a JOKE...like our Classy Barbara Bush...."She should STAY IN ALASKA"...Nuff Said.

    April 28, 2012 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  4. Peter

    It's simple. Do the exact opposite of everything Palin says. Then, you'll ALWAYS be right.

    April 28, 2012 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  5. NJGirl

    Seriously, who cares what these two think? CNN – please stop any coverage of Palin, she is a nobody. A NOBODY.

    April 28, 2012 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  6. john

    Sad....no....FUNNY...LOL

    April 28, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  7. kevin

    hey rick, I think it was the other way around.

    April 28, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  8. Church

    Wow! A rich dude and a wannabe rich dudess.

    April 28, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  9. Seattle Sue

    Neither of their endorsements will mean anything to anybody, as McCain has become a senile old man and Palin doesn't know her butt from a hole in the ground.

    April 28, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  10. Alina1

    Lugar is an old school Republican, Mourdock is a TPjob .

    April 28, 2012 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  11. Don Beal

    Sarah, I like the look. The leather jacket says trashy; the upswept hair suggests hair that can be let down and shaken out; and the glasses have that sort of intelligent-but-fun-loving look. If only you could have become President.

    April 28, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  12. harmonium

    Now John, be careful, please don't be checking her out.

    April 28, 2012 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  13. caeser

    Oh,but ain't she just a little maverick though.
    Being that Sarah is a quitter I find it difficult to see how her endorsement could help Mourdock

    April 28, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  14. Anonymous

    Republicans are good at getting elected and giving tax breaks (cost), cutting labor off at the knees (cost) and loosened regulations (dodged opportunity costs) for the people who who got them there. Anybody who votes for them and does not own – or rather inherit – vast sums of wealth is by definition a tool. Anybody who votes for them with solely their business interest at heart is soulless.

    I've been around for forty three years and I haven't seen one thing that's ever deviated from that. They will benefit the wealthy every, EVERY time.

    Some might respect Lugar but just by using "Obamacare" to score political points turns me off. Kicking very sick people off their healthcare insurance plans is immoral. Look at it structurally. That could be the only possible reason the insurance industry hates the Affordable Healthcare Act. They had everything to gain by having insurance mandated. But they love to be able to kick off people with maladies like Cystic Fobrosis, Crohn's or any other chronic disease that requires hospitalization. It's soo transparent! How could anyone possibly miss it? Unbelievable.

    April 28, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  15. Chumlee

    Go home old man. Go back to your hut quitter

    April 28, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  16. jb1963

    I'll side with Lugar just because any Palin says or does is wrong for the country.

    April 28, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  17. bozzieb

    Who cares what the grifter Palin thinks or does. Stick a fork in her, she's done.

    April 28, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  18. Mike S.

    So each candidate has the backing of a proven loser?

    April 28, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  19. just sayin

    Sen. McCain, you conjured her up, now it's up to you to get rid or her. We're all behind you on this. You can do it.

    April 28, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  20. LtButRt

    If I were a voting Hoosier I would distance myself from both of these knuckleheads. McCain is a menopausal old man trying to stay relevant. Palin? She just don't get it.

    April 28, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  21. John

    Photos don't lie. If anybody doubts Palin is an idiot, there's the solid proof that she indeed is. How could McCain think people were going to vote for him with that hilly-billy trash standing next to him. Was Roger Ailes on LSD when he handed her a contract to babble on FOX NOISE? And, here she is today, sticking it to silly old McCain every and any which way she can. Just desserts McCain!

    April 28, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  22. careabout

    McCain and Palin in Indiana. Potions and tonics being sold out back.

    April 28, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  23. Pete

    Just listen to the republicans hero,Saigon Songbird,hes done and everyone but him knows it.Palin should go back to Alaska,I hear a bull moose chanting her name,is it mating season yet?I love these political want a bes,you republican hypocrites cherish them for now, for after 2012,they'll be only a memory.

    April 28, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  24. american soldier

    Funny how Rush happends to be played on the radio from 12 to 3 everyday and reruns on weekends and suddenly we are all crazy for rush in indiana. That must mean you hate Russ Parr in the mourning all day on other stations or reruns every two hours of the same songs replayed all day long? the correct information is far more important than your popularity contest. wake up and smell the roses, our country is broke and socialism is not good no matter how ya look at it. my grandchildren will wonder why every we were not informed of this and why everyone was so blind to "truth" not lies and good intentions. government is to big and will continue to grow and grow till we have less and less freedom. it really is a no brainer if you know anything about history of other countries and ours.

    April 28, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  25. M-W-T

    That woman is still an IDIOT!
    I'd actually like to see a Democrat win this seat.

    April 28, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
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