Lugar Loses Primary to Tea Party-backed Challenger

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Republican Senator Dick Lugar of Indiana has been in the Senate for more than 35 years and until this election cycle, he had not once been forced to run a primary campaign. But Indiana voters cast their ballot yesterday in a high-profile GOP primary contest that pitted Sen. Lugar against Tea Party-backed challenger, and eventual winner, Richard Mourdock. For details The Takeaway speaks with Micah Schweizer, host of Morning Edition on WNIN in Evansville, Indiana.

Robert Draper, contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine and author of “Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives,” discusses the state of the Tea Party in 2012. What will be their influence come November? Are they picking up political momentum?

Guests:

Robert Draper and Micah Schweizer

Produced by:

Marc Kilstein

Comments [2]

listener

Sen. Brown went center because he is in Massachusetts and replaced a Kennedy. His challenger has made the news recently and her claims are worth exploring. What about the interesting Democratic Party challenge in West Virginia yesterday?

May. 09 2012 09:30 AM
Barbara from New York City

Lugar was outspent, outrageously!! I am afraid there is no way our country can survive if democracy is no longer able to be the mode of choosing our representatives. Now, all goes to the highest bidder, we are a corporocacy rather than a United States of America. Government is more than just business interests, is it not?

May. 09 2012 09:17 AM

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