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Dump Dick Lugar

Despite Lugar’s generosity in backing Democrats, they do not give him their own support. Democrats united against Lugar in opposing the nomination of John Bolton as UN ambassador when Lugar was chair of the Foreign Relations Committee. Lugar's frequent siding with the Democrats doesn’t create an environment of cooperation. It only helps the Democrats move their agenda through Congress.

5) We Can Do Better.

Lugar is not the most liberal Republican running for re-election. Senators Scott Brown (R-MA) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) are far more liberal overall. However, it’s doubtful anyone more conservative could be elected in their New England states. Some fear a repeat of the Christine O’Donnell situation, which saw a conservative win the primary but lose the general election in a state a strong conservative can’t win.

Lugar’s state, Indiana, has a history of electing far stronger conservative Republicans, including former Vice President Dan Quayle, Senator Dan Coats, and Governor Mitch Daniels. Indiana Republicans can do better than Lugar and still win the general election. With the right Senate candidate, Indiana has the opportunity to send a senator to Washington who will stand solidly for conservative values.

After nearly four decades of Dick Lugar, it’s about time.