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. american soldier

    Vote conservative, lugar needs to go

    April 28, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  2. jshous

    Candidates do not "serve" on a the first sentence asserts. Candidates "run" on the same ticket. Serving is done once you're elected to office, running is when you're trying to get there.

    April 28, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  3. enuff

    I'm betting he's relieved he didn't win the Whit House now... He'd be spending all of his time telling her to sit down and shut up instead of making presidential decisions.

    April 28, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  4. Birdwatcher1

    The old man and the Twinkie. John McCain, you brought shame on this country when you picked SP as your running mate.

    April 28, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Ronald and Nancy Reagan dumped McCain as a friend due to his ethical lapses; he was also part of the Keating 5. Sarah happens to be a semi pretty face who was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time... What a pair!

    April 28, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  6. Mag

    They are both fools struggling to remain relevant in a world that is passing them by. Who cares.

    April 28, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  7. Kathie

    Why does it matter who Palin is backing....she's a ZERO, Nada, Nothing...her opinion carries as much weight as mine does...she is just a mother and a wife now....I have never cared for her type of politics and I thought she was gone and cannot resurrect the dead!!!! She's a zombie....

    April 28, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |

    WHY should anyone in the State of Indiana listen to McCain or Palin?.... They ain't HOOSIERS !

    April 28, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  9. jerseylou

    CNN....A blindman can see you're pro repubican why so much hate for Dems, Libs and Independents?Is it because they own you.

    April 28, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  10. NVa Native

    One's a hero and the other is a social parasite.

    April 28, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  11. jack

    These endorsements are meaningless. One from someone who is beyond any credible thoughts and the other who has never had one.

    April 28, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  12. rick

    As a hoosier, I think they both ought to shut up. We pick our senator to serve us, not the party and neither one of you are hoosiers.

    April 28, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  13. EddyL

    Dumb and Dumbest

    April 28, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  14. on StreetWise

    On NVa... Which is Which???

    April 28, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  15. ThinkAgain

    You know, all this blather about how "we need conservatives in Washington" would mean something if conservatives had a track record of success. But they DON'T! Take a look at these Republican policy FACTS:

    Economy: Going back to Reagan, Republican administrations always balloon the deficit, in part because they do dumb things like go to war while cutting taxes on the wealthy. I guess GW was on a bender when his father so accurately characterized this as "voodoo economics."

    Repubs also childishly cling to the idea that trickle-down economics work, even after 30 years of evidence to the contrary. Heck, even David Stockman, the architect of this economic theory publicly says it's a failure!

    Military: Under Republican leadership, we went into Afghanistan, quickly ignored Osama bin Laden, let it fester and turn into the predictable quagmire, and invaded Iraq (telling us it wouldn't last more than 6 months and Iraqi oil would pay for it). What'd we get in return? 4000+ American dead (thousands more Iraqi dead), thousands of wounded Americans, $2 trillion in unpaid war expenses – and the pockets of folks like Halliburton lined to overflowing.

    Under President Obama, we're out of Iraq, winding down in Afghanistan – and Osama bin Laden is DEAD.

    Foreign relations: Republicans love to puff up their chests and swagger (easy to do when your policy "thinkers" are all a bunch of chickenhawks), incapable of building consensus with other countries, squandering good will and cooperation. Under President Obama, we have regained our good standing in the international community, enabling us to truly build coalitions, easing the financial and military burden on us.

    None of this will get through to the die-hard Repub base, however. So it's up to Democrats, Independents and thinking Republicans to get out and vote for President Obama and Democratic majorities in the House and Senate to ensure our country continues to move forward.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    April 28, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain

    @NVa Native: "One's a hero and the other is a social parasite."

    McCain stopped being a hero to me (I contributed to his 2000 campaign) when he sold out to Karl Rove and spoke at Jerry Falwell's University – doing a complete 180 on his stance that Falwell was an "agent of intolerance." The McCain let Rove pick the Quitta from Wasilla as his running mate ... McCain is nothing more than an opportunist.

    April 28, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  17. cigarman

    These two are like relatives that extend there stay with you. You can`t wait until they leave.

    April 28, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  18. Dmac

    As a Hoosier I can say affirmatively that I don't give a hoot what either of these clowns thinks about our Senate race.

    April 28, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  19. Thomas

    McCain looks like an old Julian Astrange .

    April 28, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  20. Dave Harris

    I wonder if McCain is finally starting to realize what a bone-headed mistake he made with her. What was he thinking? And given his health problems, she could could have wound up as president! As it is, he has to pretend to be half-crazy himself to pander to the ignorant Republican fools she stirred up. They still are what they were in 2008, a couple of losers.

    April 28, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  21. sqeptiq

    Republican and Republicaner; all that needs to be said.

    April 28, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  22. Austin

    Our state treasurer is running for Senate? He should be in prison. Indiana keeps finding hundreds of millions of dollars leftover in the budget. Either some brilliant businessmen are making honest mistakes, or there are a bunch of crooks managing Indiana's budget. I think the latter.

    April 28, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  23. K3Citizen

    A Palin endorsement really helped Gingrich didn't it.

    April 28, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  24. BeverlyNC

    Who cares? McCain is old and irrelevant and showing his age in making nonsensical statements and then changing moods within seconds. His mind is going. Palin is still an uneducated idiot we can blame McCain for bringing out to torture intelligent people with her unbelievable stupidity and money-making schemes. Republicans have no morals or values...just full of hate and lies.

    April 28, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  25. Joe The Plumber

    By conservative Palin means someone who will not compromise on anything to get something done in Wash. It is OK to have a different point of view and to fight for it BUT not at the expense of the country. Go Lugar – a coservative who knows when to fight and when to compromise.

    April 28, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
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