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. John

    He hasn't Live or own a homes In the Last Fifteen years or more In Indiana. So how In the heck does he know what good for Indiana.All he want Is the 374,000 a years or more for being a Senator.

    April 27, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  2. Roger

    Remember, this is a guy who think that rock 'n roll music is evil.

    April 27, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  3. grive

    i guess he came to indiana to do his speech at lugars house but they couldnt find it. so he flew out to virgina to do it there but lugar was staying at a hotel in indiana. so im not even. but the good news is danials found some extr money through some accounting error after he cut all the school fundings and said union labor was the reason why indiana couldnt find jobs, even though the unions only make up 10% of the work force. so either way you cut it they still wont get my vote until they get off there personal agendas and start helping the american people

    April 27, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  4. Ambrose Smith

    I remember when this clown jumped the shark and made that heavy metal album where he covered heavy metal songs wearing a leather sleeveless jacket and gargoyle shades. Can you say DESPERATE???

    April 27, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  5. selling books

    Don't forget that this man was kicked out of his church when he became popular. They labeled him a sinner... and bad influence. But now he hears voices from God.. so maybe he isn't completly nuts.?!?

    April 27, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  6. Frank Cardenas

    Pat Boone has never had to worry about Medicare, Social Security or Unemployment Insurance, so who cares what he thinks. He is just another one of the right-wingers that has no idea how regular people live!

    April 27, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |

    Pat isn't drinking the unhinged GOBP tea.

    April 27, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  8. Mike

    OK Paradise City, Panama, The Wind Cries Mary, Smoke On The Water and Stairway to Heaven are definitely not metal. Why would anyone let this N.T.A.C. touch their music?

    April 27, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  9. joe dokes

    Wow, Pat Boone's endorsement should really have an impact... on people over 75.

    April 27, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  10. John

    It is un American to wear the flag as a shirt.

    April 27, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    The last time I saw Pat Boone's name, it was about 3 AM, the TV was watching me, one of those Emergency Broadcasting System Tones came through [ GNAGNAGNAGGGGGG ], I'm looking at Pat Boone, and there was an infomercial on trying to sell me some collection of "timeless classic songs."

    April 27, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  12. Gurgyl

    Pathetic clown.

    April 27, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  13. Loathstheright

    Pat, your know....that is defacing the flag....what a UnAmerican thing to do....but religion rotted his brain long ago.

    April 27, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  14. lyn

    Pat Boone has no idea of today's world. He sang at our Prom in 1954, Hammond, IN and lives in another time and place.

    April 27, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  15. Former Republican, now an Independent

    As an Evangelical Christian, I have always respected Pat Boone and agree with him on many things, but if he endorses Mitt Romney he will be compromising what Evangelicals have always agreed on, that the Mormon faith is a distortion of Christian beliefs. Richard Land and Joel Osteen have already taken this political path of least resistance.

    April 27, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  16. Badboy

    Pat boone....????....hmmm, isn't he the older brother of daniel boone??? no, wait, yeah Daniel Boone!!

    April 27, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  17. bluedogboy

    Does he still think Flint Michigan is a great place?

    April 27, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  18. NVa Native

    If Pat Boone looks like and idiot and sounds like an idiot he must be an idiot.

    April 27, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  19. JoJo

    I find it funny and scary at the same time that the Tea Party thinks bipartisanship is bad. If you knew for a fact that more than 85 percent of the country - that's 264,350,000 people - completely disagreed with you, yet you still wanted to force your views on them, would you call that a democracy, or freedom? The right doesn't like Lugar because he actually works and does the job that a U.S. Senator is supposed to do?

    April 27, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  20. jack

    Is this the same guy that ripped off every single song Little Richard wrote?

    April 27, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  21. PulTab

    Pat Boone is still alive? huh

    April 27, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    Its always amazed me that Conservatives need a big, tacky visual reminder like a jacket, pin or a shirt to remind them they live in the greatest country in the world: Liberals know they live in the greatest country in the world. with regards to the issue at hand, an endorsement from Pat Boone is not going to sway many undecided voters in IN.

    April 27, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |

    Anity Bryant's name will be surfacing next. LOL

    April 27, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  24. POD

    He's still alive.....

    April 27, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  25. JW

    When it comes to star power, Republicans just suck.

    April 27, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
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