Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Letters to the Editor

April 20, 2012

Lugar the right choice for Indiana

Our Republican Party was founded on individual freedom and conservative principles. We endorse Sen. Dick Lugar, because he lives these philosophies daily.

Some believe that because Dick Lugar doesn’t pound his desk or hurl personal insults, he isn’t conservative enough. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Sen. Lugar supports free enterprise, rights of the unborn and the right to bear arms. That’s why the Chamber of Commerce supports Sen. Lugar and why he enjoys 100 percent voting records with the National Right to Life and Christian Coalition.

Dick Lugar has been civil to President Obama, but not afraid to stand up to him. Sen. Lugar opposed Obama’s so-called stimulus bill and voted 32 times against Obamacare.

Sen. Lugar challenged Obama on jobs and energy, forcing the president to move forward with the Keystone XL pipeline, more North American oil and 20,000 jobs — including opportunities for 100 Indiana employers.

And Sen. Lugar’s opponents were wrong to suggest he isn’t “Hoosier enough.” Dick Lugar was born, raised and attended public schools here. He served on a local school board, was mayor of Indianapolis and still operates his family farm. Dick Lugar left Indiana on just three occasions: to attend college, serve in the U.S. Navy and represent us in the Senate.

Republicans should question why Democrats are taking such active roles to stop Sen. Lugar in our GOP primary. Polls show Democrats’ only path to victory is to not face Dick Lugar in November.

Now, big-moneyed special interest groups with no stake in Indiana are running political ads twisting Dick Lugar’s record. Instead, we hope you’ll consider advice from those who know him best.  

That’s why we’re proud to join Gov. Mitch Daniels in endorsing Sen. Dick Lugar.

— Jim Kittle, Mike McDaniel, Gordon Durnil, Bruce Melchert and Tom Milligan  

Former Indiana Republican Chairs

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