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. Rudy NYC

    " 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. "
    That lays it out right there, folks. A vote for the Tea Party is a vote for gridlock, partisanship, divisiveness while Rome is burning.

    April 27, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  2. Is Mitt a Git?

    This is almost as bad as that loser Chuck Norris backing Mike Hukabee. Pat Boone is an old man that brings nothing of value to the table. What is it with these fossilized celebrities that think they can enter politics and be relevant with the greatest of ease?

    April 27, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    "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."

    I realize that Pat Boone probably has some sort of fan base there in Indiana, but with all due respect, can Lugar count on getting them to polls on time come election day?

    April 27, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  4. once upon a horse

    Pat Boone made much money back in his day covering black music like songs by Little Richard and not giving them credit for it. Is that the Christian conservative way? He should be spending his latter time making up for it. Instead folks like him want to cover themselves in the American flag.

    April 27, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  5. Squigman

    Another old fart, defacing the American flag, by putting in a setting where his wrinkles refuse to give up top billing.

    April 27, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  6. Mark

    Why does what Pat Boone think matter? His shirt looks like it was made from an AMerican flag. Isn't that illegal? ah, what does it matter. His opinion is as popular as his music.

    April 27, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  7. brian in denver

    wow! Pat Boone's still alive?! He was part of my teenage days, but needs to Google "american flag etiquette": the flag is not to be worn as an item of clothing. But what do you expect from an old right-wing zealot?

    April 27, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  8. chilly g

    pat boone has something to offer just as i do and so do you if you choose to be positive and work for all americans
    we all be much better .

    April 27, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  9. Bigereads

    Beware of people who dress themselves in the flag but fail to ever serve their country in uniform. Pat Boone is soooo over. Few people today even remember who he was. I thought dressing in leather and riding a motorcycle made him look silly, but the flag? Come on Mr.Boone, start acting like a normal person.

    April 27, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  10. GI Joe

    Couldn't stand him in the 60's - too boring and monotone in a bucket.

    April 27, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  11. judy

    well now ol pat is doing bathtub commercials. maybe he should just stay doing that and leave politics to others.

    April 27, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  12. Ed

    Its odd that Pat Boone, who for much of his younger years was a kind of ultra-religious conservative, would now stand up for a moderate! Maybe he's wised up with age. More power to him. We need more politicians like Lugar that can see both sides of an issue and doesn't always vote the party line. Folks Lugar is NOT an ultra conservative! He is being pushed out by ultra conservatives.

    April 27, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  13. The Real Tom Paine

    Fascism has arrived, wearing an American flag and carrying a cross.

    April 27, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  14. rs

    If the TEA Party takes down Lugar, it will really mean the GOP has lost control of itself, and is now in the hands of the crazy inmates.

    April 27, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  15. Common sense grandma

    Pat Boone was boring "back on the day." Now he is a cross between irrelevant and WHO?

    April 27, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  16. Eddie The Barber

    Hey man I wish I could vote in Indiana now that old Boonie wrote some lovel letters in the sand for Lugar – so that I could vote againt Lugar just for accepting an endorsement from a jerk like Boone.

    April 27, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  17. Erik

    Boone should stick to singing. He's whacked politically.

    April 27, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  18. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I thought Pat Boone was dead or is what's dead is his music, haven't heard it for many, many, many years.

    April 27, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  19. Jim in PA

    I was going to compliment Mr. Boone on his patriotic clothing.... until I noticed that he wasn't wearing a flag lapel pin.

    April 27, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  20. Novote4republicansin2012

    This guy.....I thought he was long gone with the doo-doo bird!!!


    April 27, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  21. tom

    Who the heck cares what this nobody has to say and who he endorses? He's just plain is his shirt. He made millions off the talent of black songwriters/entertainers by 'whitening' the songs up and the REAL artists got nothing. He should be ashamed of himself...but hey...he's a Republican...they don't know the meaning of the word.

    April 27, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  22. neil

    Pat Boone is an alien from the planet cellophane because he's perfectly clear.

    April 27, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  23. nagrom

    Me thinks that most everyone is missing the point here. I am not a Republican but show me a Republican who comes to the table and can compromise they are not a true conservatives. He is at best is a moderate and one I could conceivably vote for if he were in my state. My take on things is compromise and the willingness to work together is what it is all about and since the Teapartiers took office all too often everything comes to a screeching halt. It is their way or the highway with no compromise. With continued attacks on women and bills to approve cyberspying we really need to clean house with all those freaked out Repukes who see nothing wrong with their ideology.

    April 27, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  24. Pander Bear

    The Tea Party believes that "Conservatism" means absolutely no compromise whatsoever. That ideology sounds pretty much like fascism to me.

    April 27, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  25. Lizzie

    No civil dialog here, nothing but namecalling, because you have nothing to contribute. How about being part of the solution not the problem. Some of you have no problem with the OWS burning and stomping on the American flag, but now your outraged.

    April 27, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
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