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. chucky

    One is a war hero, one thinks she is a war hero.

    April 28, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  2. WhereIsPalin

    Oh my. The "transmitter" and the actual "disease" on different sides. Go figure.

    April 28, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  3. texasmike

    More anarchy from Palin. What has the tea party done except throw normal gov't business in disarray? Zero compromise and zero tolerance of other's views or concerns. These people represent the worst of any society let alone American.

    April 28, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  4. sonnie3

    McCain want to keep up the same old same old and not allow new blood in the Senate. Sara whom I don't much care for is right in this case, New conservative blood and maybe the old cronies will fall in line or get voted out on the street.

    April 28, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  5. texasmike

    She sure knows how to show her "loyalty". If McCain didn't realize what he unleashed on society, he must be now.

    April 28, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  6. sonnie3

    Don't agree with Sara often but she is on the right track with this one. Lets get new blood in the senate and see if this won't get things done in a reasonalble timly factor. Time to throw the bums out. Congress is about the dumbest organization in america these days. Time for a complete overhaul. Throw obama out while your at it. His record of the past 4 years stinks.

    April 28, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  7. sonnie3

    What we need is Leaders in Washington, not a bunch of do nothing boys and girls in a club that is spending like a bunch of idoits. Time for major change

    April 28, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  8. chuck

    I want my money donation back from her bogus bus tour and campaign last year..anyone know who my lawyer can contact? Flako, unstable opportunists.. the entire family...nuts..

    April 28, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  9. grive

    the teaparty will die off when the policies they belive in start taking food off there plates. and if i was a republican i would be worried about division in my own party. and miss palin please do not associate yourself with any part of indiana, its embarrissing for us hoosiers.

    April 28, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  10. Tim M

    For once, I agree with Palin..... the world may come to an end soon.

    April 28, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  11. Elphaba

    Don't the Tea Party people get it? They're trying to defeat Lugar because he's worked with the Democrats. That's called compromise, the opposite of gridlock. Gridlock is what has everyone sick and tired of Washington. It's time to put some moderate Republicans and Centrist Democrats in place so they can work together and do the country some good for a change. Jeesh! Wake up, people

    April 28, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  12. razzamatazz

    "Mourdock, who has criticized Lugar's past work with Democrats,"

    Compromise is a dirty word! When are these people going to learn?

    April 28, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  13. louis

    One is way to old and the other one has no brain so I think they make perfect rebublicans...

    April 28, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  14. n

    Palin why don't u go back to Alaska and have more babies I have no idea Why Americans are so fascinated with Palin she cannot talk and we all know She can see Russia from her bedroom

    April 28, 2012 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  15. rickinmo

    What can I say about Sarah Palin? She's Sarah Palin! McCain is the guy who chose her for a running mate. How can I trust the judgement of either of them?

    April 28, 2012 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  16. B

    One should be in a fishing boat and the other should be on a golf corse.. away from any responsibilities.

    April 28, 2012 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  17. Thomas

    Should anyone really be concerned with who Palin wants?

    April 28, 2012 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  18. FlotsamJetsam

    the Republican party is IMPLODING!

    April 28, 2012 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  19. Chuck Ladouceur

    Brain Dead (he) vs Never had a Brain (she) or better know as Gov of Russian out post ALASKA

    April 28, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  20. Vence

    Welcome to the new soap operas!

    April 28, 2012 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  21. Jackson

    Can she see Russia from Indiana?

    April 28, 2012 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  22. tcaros

    One is still living off of being captures the other quitting her governorship.

    2 failures of the same sort

    April 28, 2012 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  23. tcaros

    McCain looks older and Palin dumber.

    And they are fighting for a lunger... or lugee.

    April 28, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  24. Thinker

    I live in Indiana, and we have enough wack jobs. We don't need Sarah Palin coming in and supporting another useless tea bagger.

    April 28, 2012 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  25. helenecha

    Are you sure? Good work!

    April 28, 2012 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
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