Pat Boone's Lugar love
April 27th, 2012
09:34 AM ET
10 years ago

Pat Boone's Lugar love

(CNN) – Conservative crooner Pat Boone lent his voice and support to Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana via a radio ad on Friday in hopes of helping the six-term incumbent beat back a challenge from the right.

The successful pop singer and ardent Republican described the longest serving Republican senator as a "true conservative" who shares Hoosier State voter's "Midwestern values."

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"When did words like experience, wisdom, statesman, vitality, integrity and a lifetime of service first become of less value to you?" Boone said in the commercial. "The answer is: They didn't and neither did the man they describe, Sen. Dick Lugar."

The ad will run on Christian radio with extra emphasis on Friday and Saturday to coincide with Boone-Lugar campaign events on Saturday, Team Lugar said.

Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana also cut his second ad for the candidate that began airing throughout the state on Friday, according to the campaign, in which he says "We're lucky to have Dick Lugar and we need to keep him."

Lugar will face State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, who has received the backing of major conservative groups, in the May 8 Republican primary. Mourdock's bid marks the first serious primary challenge against Lugar since he first entered the Senate in 1976.

The Mourdock attacks have criticized Lugar's bipartisan efforts in the upper chamber of Congress and that the senior senator has not lived in the state for decades.

In February the Indiana Election Division ruled Lugar's situation was legal due to the state's election law.

Lugar's campaign has capitalized on an error in Mourdock's recent tax returns, in which he claimed thousand of dollars in extra homestead deductions.

Mourdock said he tried to fix the problem years ago, adding the paperwork was lost by the state. The Marion County Auditor's Office later took responsibility for the delay.

- CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Indiana • Richard Lugar • Senate
soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. rosaadriana

    Love that shirt, doesn't that qualify as desecration of the flag. What a nut job.

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

    Pat Boone has always been an insipid, mediocre singer. His right wing Republican views are disgusting.

    April 27, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  3. Flipper Rmoney Failure Ahead

    Wow, blast President Obama as a "celebrity" president and then trot out a washed up has-been like Boone. Really?

    April 27, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  4. I like Pat

    I used to work with Pat when he visited The Tonight Show back in the '70s. He's a lovely man! I don't usually agree with his politics, though, but I think he's right-on about Sen. Lugar, who has done a good job representing the people of Indiana and deserves re-election.

    April 27, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  5. Switters

    Pat Boone is a "BIRTHER"......a 'true believer'.......

    April 27, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  6. jimranes

    Pat Boone was never a very good singer and is a mediocre has-been. He was an alcoholic and still looks the part. He never served in the military which is typical of ultra conservative war mongers. He is a chicken hawk like the rest of his kindred spirits like Rick Perry, George Bush, and Dick Cheney.

    April 27, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  7. WC

    When Pat Boone starts looking like a moderate, then were really in trouble.

    April 27, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. Ross

    It appears that gravity has not been kind to ole Pat. Looks like his brain got damaged at the same time. You would think a person as old as dirt would know a little about flag etiquette.

    April 27, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  9. Sorensen

    The wrinkled, old fool is obviously loosing it completely. He also does not believe in evolution.

    April 27, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  10. Knucklehead

    Leave it to the right wing nutjobs to consider bipartisanship a bad thing. Forcing your ideas down others throats....shouting them down at town hall meetings....these are the acts of a patriot? These belong in democracy? This is Fascism, pure and way, cuz I'm right, and I don't have time to discuss it with you.

    April 27, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  11. SPLAT!~

    @SPLAT!~......use your brains and you might be able to figure it out! The FLAG should not be worn, NOT the FLAG DESIGN should not be worn! obviously his shirt was never a flag, it has the same design as a flag! IDIOT! Amazing the thing you lefty idiot will cry about!

    I refer you to sec. 3 of the US Flag Code. Pay particular attention to the last sentence, it only needs to be representative of the Flag. Judging by other comments, even yours, his apparel does represent the Flag. I MAY be a Liberal and I MAY be an idiot, but I AM right on this one, so where does that leave you?~

    April 27, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  12. Knucklehead

    You can talk about that shirt all you want, and I won't disagree, but it looks like it came right out of a Tea Party rally....

    April 27, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  13. Knucklehead

    Okay, now what does Lady Gaga think?

    April 27, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  14. LucyRicardo

    I don't know who you people think is a good singer. Maybe Ga Ga? Or Bono? Or how about Fergie and her group? The further left the better for you dopes. You wouldn't know a good singer if you heard one.

    April 27, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  15. haydensdad

    I'm not over the top about respecting the flag, but that flag jacket ( it is a jacket, look at the sleeves by his wrinkled arm ) is really inappropiate as a garment to be worn.

    April 27, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  16. haydensdad

    I'm not over the top about respecting the flag, but that flag jacket is really inappropiate as a personal garment.

    April 27, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
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