McCain, Palin take opposite sides in Indiana race

April 28, 2012

By Catalina Camia, USA TODAY

John McCain and Sarah Palin are taking opposite sides in the Indiana Senate primary fight.

Palin today endorsed state Treasurer Richard Mourdock over veteran Sen. Richard Lugar, giving the GOP challenger some big-name backing ahead of the Indiana primary on May 8.

Lugar, meanwhile, released a new radio ad featuring McCain, the 2008 GOP presidential nominee.

“Richard Mourdock is the conservative choice for Indiana,” Palin said in a message on her Facebook page. “Senator Lugar’s 36 years of service as a senator are appreciated, but it’s time for the torch to pass to conservative leadership in Washington that promises to rein in government spending now.”

In a radio ad, McCain tries to dispel the notion that Lugar has close ties to President Obama by saying his colleague fights “Obama’s budget-busting proposals” and is opposed to the national health care law.

“Some in Indiana are claiming Dick Lugar is Obama’s friend,” McCain says in the ad. “That’s ridiculous, and I know it firsthand. Because I fight alongside him every day in the Senate. Dick Lugar is a patriot and a hero, and we need him in the United States Senate.”

By the way, Obama narrowly carried Indiana in the 2008 presidential election.

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