Senate Candidates Both Appear at Lincoln Day Dinner

By Rachel Martin

April 30, 2012 Updated Oct 17, 2013 at 5:55 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Reports say it’s only the third time both Sen. Richard Lugar and his opponent, State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, have attended the same event since their campaigns began.

Some people were anticipating a war of words Monday night as it's only the third time Sen. Richard Lugar and his Republican opponent, State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, attended the same event since campaigning. Both were present at Monday night’s Allen County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner, where they each spoke.

With only eight days until the Primary Election, neither Mourdock nor Lugar made an effort to speak to one another during dinner, but no punches were thrown either.

In fact, despite the nasty commercial ads, Treasurer Mourdock was very complimentary of Sen. Lugar and says he respects the man during his speech. During their speeches, both spoke about their campaign, what they believe in, and how they plan to serve constituents.

Lugar focused on getting the Democrats out of congress and his proposed Farm Refresh act, which Lugar says will save $40 billion, while Mourdock touched on being a better conservative voice for the people. But, both agreed that America's national debt must be reduced. Mourdock says he thinks eliminating energy subsidies will do the trick, and Lugar says it can be reduced by making more cuts.

“I don't believe in subsidies in any form. I don't care who gets them. The government shouldn't be picking winners and losers. They shouldn't do it in the energy business, they shouldn't do it in immigration policy, they shouldn't be doing it with automobile bailouts. The government’s role is not to pick winners and losers it is to promote free market so competition can take place,” Mourdock said.

“Specifically right now, I support the Ryan Plan. That is a plan [with] $6.4 trillion in cuts. I voted for it, one of 40 Senators last year and I will vote for it again,” Lugar said.

On Friday, Lugar lost PAC support from the American Action Network. The American Action Network says they spent $645 thousand on ads for Lugar’s campaign. Lugar says he has no idea why he lost their support, but claims that money was never spent. Lugar says the loss has not affected his campaign.

However, Lugar did gain endorsement from Arizona Senator John McCain. Mourdock also gained a popular endorsement from former Alaska Governor, Sarah Palin, on Friday.

Lugar will appear at Fort Wayne’s 122nd Fighter Wing Tuesday, and Mourdock says he will be speaking at the Fort Wayne Rotary on Wednesday.




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