Sam Nunn on Richard Lugar’s defeat in Indiana

Voters in Indiana on Tuesday ended the U.S. Senate career of Richard Lugar, a Republican who nurtured the foreign policy views of Barack Obama of Illinois and served as the long-time policy partner of Sam Nunn, the Democrat from Georgia.

Nunn issued the following statement this evening:

“The people of Indiana, indeed of the nation and the world, have been the fortunate beneficiaries of Dick Lugar’s outstanding leadership in the U.S. Senate for 36 years. He is a statesman in every sense of the word: smart, skillful, strategic, diplomatic and wise. He has been a tremendous asset to the U.S. Senate, and he will be missed.

“Dick and I forged a partnership more than 20 years ago in the Senate, when we worked together across party lines on groundbreaking legislation to help secure and dismantle weapons of mass destruction left vulnerable after the breakup of the Soviet Union, and we continue to serve together on the Board of the Nuclear Threat Initiative. He is one of the world’s most effective and tireless champions for reducing the threats from nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. There is no doubt that the world is a safer place thanks to Dick Lugar.

“In the Senate and beyond, I could not have found a better partner or friend. My admiration for Dick is boundless, as is my gratitude to him, and I look forward to our continued work together on the critical security issues facing our nation and the world.

“Elections should serve as a reminder that no serious problem facing America today can be solved by one political party. We need thoughtful, effective leaders like Dick Lugar in the Senate. His service stands as a model for collegiality, hard work and never giving up. Though his defeat today is a loss for the U.S. Senate, knowing Dick as I do, he will continue to put his considerable talents, knowledge and phenomenal energy to use for the good – and for the security – of our nation and the world.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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str8t talk

May 8th, 2012
10:18 pm

Well that makes Indiana a sure bet for a democratic senator. Doubtful that the state of Indiana will go for the tea party candidate in November. The tea party is so 2010.Even the established Republican party hates them.

Senatorial Candidate

May 8th, 2012
10:24 pm

Ooooh Saaaaxby, are you listening? Conservatives are tired of RINOs who vote for liberal appointees and spend more time on the golf courses of D.C. than representing their constituents values. Remind me again how many debt ceiling increases you were for before you were against them? Maybe you and the rest of the “Gang of Six” can live off your social security. No wait you don’t participate. You’ll still be screwing the people of Georgia out of their tax money for your pension but at least you won’t be screwing them with your votes.

td

May 8th, 2012
10:30 pm

It was time for Lugar to retire and he just did not know it.

bart

May 8th, 2012
10:39 pm

Nunn and Luger are both statwsmen of the first order. They were elected officials in a time when government worked becasue they were willing to cooperate for the good of the country. It is a tragedy that our political scene is now so full of animosity and hate. People like Senatorial Candidate are what’s wrong with our country today. The hostility and anger that these people have is poisonous to our country. We will never make any progress with attitudes like that.

Eli

May 8th, 2012
10:53 pm

So now the Democratic Party will pick up at least two new Senate seats (Indiana and Maine) and will keep Nelson’s seat in Nebraska.

Thank you Tea Party for another Democratic Majority in the Senate. Oh yeah, and thank you for narrowing the GOP majority in the House come November. One more, thank you for driving Mitt so far to the right that he will have to flip-flop his way back to the center to win the general election.

td

May 8th, 2012
10:57 pm

Eli

May 8th, 2012
10:53 pm

You are dreaming again my friend. Indiana will go to a Republican because it is as red a state as Georgia. Still a little to early to tell if Obama is re elected but it is not looking to good right now.

Bernie

May 8th, 2012
11:04 pm

The Probers are eating there own now……Bon appetit!

Bob Loblaw

May 8th, 2012
11:10 pm

I signed up to support the Republican Party. Not some fly-by-night “Tea” Party. Shame on Indiana.

Jack in Sandy Springs

May 8th, 2012
11:25 pm

Am looking forward to Karen Handel taking out Saxby in 2014! Now if we can get Skandalakis’ rights restored so he can lead Milton County the state will be a better place in 2014.

honested

May 8th, 2012
11:44 pm

Now we have another teanut pretending to have some idea what is necessary for American Governance.

You guys make this November shine for the Democratic Party!

honested

May 8th, 2012
11:45 pm

Jack in what will again become unincorporated Fulton County,

Dude, you take delusions to a new level!

Kris T.

May 9th, 2012
12:16 am

I Will hold my head high when I vote as many republicans out of office as I can in November.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

May 9th, 2012
12:18 am

@Eli – You are correct.

As far as the others….AHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAH. Well, we’ll see how your tea party friend does and if he’s not as crazy as ‘I am not a witch.’

Because odds are he is. And thus odds are he’s toast. :)

Will the last Democrat in Georgia please turn off the lights?.....

May 9th, 2012
1:10 am

str8t talk

May 8th, 2012
10:18 pm

“Well that makes Indiana a sure bet for a democratic senator. Doubtful that the state of Indiana will go for the tea party candidate in November. The tea party is so 2010.Even the established Republican party hates them.”

You are very much wrong, my friend. Democrats are so despised in the state of Indiana that a Democrat couldn’t get elected head toilet cleaner there, much less to the U.S. Senate.

fire eater

May 9th, 2012
4:12 am

Let the demise of Richard Lugar be a warning and a lesson to treacherous types within the GOP who run to the right and govern from the left.

Jack in Sandy Springs

May 9th, 2012
5:34 am

FLASH FORWARD TO 2014 Georgia U.S. Senate primary:
Karen Handel – 55%
Saxby Chambliss – 45%

Disappointed in some of our citizens

May 9th, 2012
6:12 am

People like “Truthbe” are poisoning political conversation in this country. Anybody who insults the outstanding public service of former Senator Sam Nunn by calling him “corrupt” is an ignorant, malicious headcase. And comments like Lugar “has his nose up Obama’s butt” used to be too crass for someone to say out loud. Shame on you, Truthbe.

Weetamoe

May 9th, 2012
6:43 am

But but I thought it was republicans who were afraid of change. Nunn is ok but he did try to push through Jimmy Carter’s pathetic attempt to bring back conscription. And he did buy his daughter a created just for her high ranking position as head of a brand new just created for her volunteer non-profit company. That just happened to pay a very large salary.

rawmilkdrinker

May 9th, 2012
6:44 am

Karen Handel being elected as a US senator would be God’s punishment for us all.

LMAO

May 9th, 2012
6:48 am

Most people are decent and hardworking. The mean spirited and hate filled ones are ruining this country. Too bad they are now being allowed to control the debate.

Jack

May 9th, 2012
7:16 am

Lugar will be replaced by another Republican. Lugar was a little too close to Obama.

Ronnie Raygun

May 9th, 2012
7:18 am

Now that the GOP has been corrupted by the Tea-rrorists, when are they going to change their party symbol from an elephant to a swastika? Or would that be too obvious?

Edward Ruffin

May 9th, 2012
7:40 am

Of course Sam Nunn spoke those generous words about Lugar, they both belong to the same party, the anti-American party.

Willis

May 9th, 2012
7:54 am

I wonder if Indiana will now chooose a witch to be Lugar’s replacement?

honested

May 9th, 2012
7:57 am

For those disparaging Senator Sam Nunn, either you are new to the planet or for some reason you thought a thermonuclear conflict would be a good idea.

Take a second and remember what it was like when Georgia had at least one (and in some cases TWO) Senators who instilled pride in our State by practicing statecraft beneficial to our entire country.

By extension, for some reason karen handel’s name has been mentioned as a replacement for one of our current comedy relief Senators. Apparently they don’t comprehend that handel probably would not gain any victories in GA outside of the imaginary milton county.

buzzkill

May 9th, 2012
7:59 am

Hate radio’s dark ravens are coming home to roost. The faults republicans see in others are their own.

hiram

May 9th, 2012
8:10 am

Someone compared the tea party to nazis – their ideology is far more archaic. The nazis were a 20th century movement – the tea party’s belief’’s, that go back thousands of years, are more like the taliban.

redcoat

May 9th, 2012
8:20 am

@buzz……..Hate radio? Those are no longer on the air and if the do start up they usally don’t last long and go bankrupt. Those dark ravens? The faults democrats see in others are ? ?

JoeFann

May 9th, 2012
8:22 am

Time to go. Sorry, but it’s the long-serving Congressmen and Senators that have put us in the national position we’re in–bent over and taking it! Term limits could have saved us some of the pain, but since we couldn’t get Congress to do our bidding, we’ll have to enforce it ourselves. Sorry, Saxby, you’re next. From my standpoint, ideology has nothing to do with it. I don’t care if they’re R or D, conservative or liberal, RINO, DINO or NONO. A stagnant pond turns poisonous. My limits are 4 terms for a Congressman and 2 terms for a Senator. 8 years and 12 years are more than enough for national legislative service. Go home and work on local issues. If you’ve served those terms, I vote (!) against you. BTW–20 years should be enough for a Supreme Court justice, and 10 for federal judges. It seems no one told governments that the days of lifetime employement are over. Get a (new) job! Fire them all. Start over.

honested

May 9th, 2012
8:22 am

redcoat

Turn on Atlanta’s oldest AM station every morning and hear the distasteful rantings until noon.

Of course, it is a must listen to keep the advertiser boycott list current.

Jack From Cumming

May 9th, 2012
8:26 am

GO TEA PARTY!

redcoat

May 9th, 2012
8:26 am

Libs……things are changing, I can tell you know this is true by your continued attempts to slander the tea party…….It’s coming soon

Progressive Humanist

May 9th, 2012
8:27 am

To those claiming that Indiana is such a red state that they’d never elect a Democrat: You need to brush up on your (recent) history because you’ve made it clear you don’t know what you’re talking about. Obama won Indiana in 2008 and the state consistently had a Democratic senator until Evan Bayh chose to retire in 2010. The Democrat definitely has a chance in Indiana with Lugar out of the way.

And Obama might not win Indiana this time, but the electoral map is nearly insurmountable for Romney right now. He’d need to take ALL of the following states that Obama won last time- Indiana, Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina, Colorado, Florida. PLUS one more state (Nevada, etc.). That’s not going to happen.

KSP

May 9th, 2012
8:27 am

I voted for Sam Nunn at every opportunity for a number of years and I was a registered Republican.
However, I was also one of those who voted against him when he was defeated. I cast my vote against him, the same as those who who have just voted out Sen. Lugar, I expect for the same reason. Sen. Sam left his conservative standard and became, in my opinion, a party hack. Senator Lugar has done the same. As for the Tea Party, being a fiscal and social conservative and following the what is written in the U.S. Constitution is, I suppose, a terrible crime.

Centrist

May 9th, 2012
8:29 am

There is going to be more disappointment for those who oppose the Tea party and had falsely hoped they would fade away. Next year the Senate will have to face the budget/debt/deficit problem they have been ignoring – and with fewer liberals to resist.

Liberals and conservatives here who think that Karen Handel who is far right without a college degree is going to beat the incumbent Senator Chambliss in a primary are delusional. She will barely have enough sense not to run.

After yesterday’s silly poll in the liberal AJC concerning gay marriage, did anybody notice that North Carolina had a MUCH wider poll where it was defeated 3 to 2 and became the 31st state to ban it?

Independent voter

May 9th, 2012
8:31 am

Democrat will the White House again and take back the House. Yall republicans are going to be running scare in November. Vote all republicans out of the office.

Father A. Long

May 9th, 2012
8:32 am

The GOP needs more Churchills and fewer Chamberlains.

Oblama

May 9th, 2012
8:38 am

Knuckle Head Biden comes out of the closet for “gay” marriage even though Oblama says no and “gay”marriage is OUTlawed in the great state of North Carolina. We don’t need “P.C.” politicians that have as their main concern getting reelected. Turnover in the Senate and the House is good. Long entrenched “politicians” need to go. Time for new blood. Time for change. Time for TERM LIMITS in Congress. Time to get rid of that airhead Nancy Pelosi.

DannyX

May 9th, 2012
8:39 am

So Republicans have the Indiana senate seat wrapped up? The tea party is popular in Indiana? Think again.

“You are dreaming again my friend. Indiana will go to a Republican because it is as red a state as Georgia.”

td, if Indiana is as red as Georgia how was Obama able to win the state ion 2008?

Real Clear politics will certainly be changing the status of the Indiana senate race from likely GOP to toss up.

Lugar (R) 50%
Donnelly (D) 21%

Mourdock (R) 35%
Donnelly (D) 35%

Buzz G

May 9th, 2012
8:49 am

Two down, seventeen to go.

Michael #1

May 9th, 2012
8:50 am

The TP might have a little clout left but there was big money flowing from far more important souces. But the lack of diversity in the Repulican Party will catch up with them soon enough and the TP will be like the Ralph Nader party. No not green, but lilly white and dumb.

Ga Values

May 9th, 2012
8:54 am

Time for “What’s In It For Me” Saxby to retire.

findog

May 9th, 2012
8:55 am

If Nunn was still in office he would have had to switch party’s or would have lost to any republican that ran against him. The extremists are winning and that vast majority of us in the middle have to constantly choose between the lesser of two evils.

Ga Values

May 9th, 2012
8:56 am

Time for “What’s In It For Me” Saxby to retire., personally I’d like to pull a Romney and fire him.

td

May 9th, 2012
9:00 am

Ga Values

May 9th, 2012
8:56 am

So when I run in the primary against Saxby, I can count on your vote.

Progressive Humanist

May 9th, 2012
9:02 am

So td used to be a conservative Southern Democrat back when they were the party of the KKK before they all switched to be Republicans? Sounds about right.

Pete

May 9th, 2012
9:11 am

rawmilkdrinker, you are so right! She is a joke. Chambliss is a statesman who is interested only in what’s best for the country. Of course among the present day GOP that means he’s a RINO. How very sad that so many of us are hateful, mean-spirited, angry bigots who profess to be Christian but act in a way that is opposite of the way Christ behaved. Let’s get as many far right extremists as we can get in office. Ultimately, that will ruin our country.

Progressive Humanist

May 9th, 2012
9:11 am

findog,

That’s a tidy storyline you have there about how both parties have been getting more extreme, but it’s just not accurate. Both parties have been getting more conservative, which a recent UGA study just illustrated. Republicans have gone off the deep end to the right while Democrats have moderated toward the center, but it is the right who refuses to come to any consensus on anything. For instance, the health care structure recently passed by Democrats was originally proposed by Republicans (by both congress in the 90’s and Romney in Massachusetts), and cap and trade was originally a Republican idea first implemented in the 80’s to combat acid rain. But once the Democrats said “Okay, we’ll try some of these options just to get some things done” the Republicans take two more steps to the right and cover their ears. You can’t actually think that Republicans are willing to agree on anything that’s not the exact thing they’re demanding. So this idea that both parties have become more extreme is pure bull*&%$.

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Not So Casual Observer

May 9th, 2012
9:41 am

Sooo, Karen Handel is a joke but Barack Obama is a lock to win in November? Handel may be a joke but in a race with Obama she would be the only USA-loving choice.

Many issues have been raised with Obama but as long as the main stream media ignores his sketchy past (empty past?), the holes in his life story, his clearly Socialist views, attempts to destroy (not improve) the economy and his world-wide “hate America” campaign – the USA hating Left in this country will receive a pass.

No true American with a brain can possibly support this joke of a POTUS. There is no redeeming character trait, no accomplishment in his history and his own written words clearly state Obama would stand with our enemies during conflict. Obama has lied about his father, his mother, his college career and sinned enough to have the courts order him to surrender his license to practice law (along with the license of his wife). Of course the surrender of a law license seems to be a prerequisite for adulation from Democrats.

There appears to be no character trait too damning, no anti-American act too viscous, no racially charged comment too sickening, no economically ignorant act too crushing for the economy and no self-indulgent wasteful spending too large for the ignorant among us who voted for Obama in 2008 to ADMIT their mistake.