Skip to comments.Tea party groups seek candidate to challenge Lugar
Posted on 01/09/2011 12:48:42 AM PST by rabscuttle385
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Tea party activists from across the state will gather later this month to try to agree on a candidate to challenge incumbent U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar in next year's Republican primary.
Representatives from more than 50 tea party groups will meet Jan. 22 in Tipton, said Monica Boyer, co-founder of the northern Indiana group Kosciusko County Silent No More and one of the organizers of the anti-Lugar group Hoosiers for Conservative Senate.
Unlike the 2010 Senate primary, when tea party activists were divided among five candidates, "we don't want to split the vote. It is vital and it is critical for this to be a one-candidate race," Boyer told The Indianapolis Star for a story Saturday.
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As a resident of Indiana I agree, Lugar must go!
He will run as an independent RINO if he loses the primary. That seems to be the pattern for these old men and old women RINOs who can’t grow old gracefully.
It’s about time.
At the very least, this type thing forces pseudo-democrats like Lugar to “play conservative” with his votes, which makes it all the harder for Harry Reid to cajole them into voting for democratic bills.
Rino hunting should be good next year too.
It’s about time.
Indiana has a sore loser law. A candidate who loses in a primary is toast.
Richard Mourdock at Indianapolis Tea Party 4.15.10- Part 2
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Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me about the New START Treaty, which was approved by the United States Senate on December 22, 2010.
This Treaty received the strong support of the United States military. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen-both originally appointed by President George W. Bush-testified that they have no doubts that the New START Treaty benefits our national security. All members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff backed the treaty, as well as STRATCOM commander, General Kevin Chilton, who is in charge of our strategic nuclear forces. General Chilton's support was echoed by 7 former commanders of STRATCOM.
The military was supported in this view by the top national security officials from past administrations. Every Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense who expressed a public opinion about the New START Treaty supported its ratification. This included ten Republicans and five Democrats.
The START process was begun by President Ronald Reagan. His team coined the term “START,” standing for Strategic Arms Reduction Talks. On May 8, 1982, President Reagan made the first START proposal during a speech at Eureka College in Illinois, calling for a one-third reduction in nuclear warheads.
President Reagan engaged the Russians on numerous arms control proposals that reduced weaponry and established tough verification measures to prevent cheating. President Reagan met personally with Russian leaders at five summits. He produced the INF treaty, signed in 1988, which greatly reduced nuclear weapons in Europe. His efforts also led to the original START Treaty, which was signed during the first President Bush's term in 1991. All five living Americans who served Ronald Reagan as Defense Secretary, Secretary of State, or Chief of Staff have endorsed the New START Treaty.
If we did not ratify the Treaty, we would have lost what Ronald Reagan believed was the most important element of arms control-verification. Under START, between 1994 and 2009, we had American inspectors on the ground in Russia examining its nuclear forces. Because of these inspectors, we have not had to guess about Russia's weapons. Human inspections in Russia also have helped us shift the focus of our spy satellites toward global terrorist threats.
But on December 5, 2009, the START Treaty expired. American inspectors had to leave Russia for the first time in 15 years. The only way to get our arms experts back into Russia was through the New START Treaty.
Ratifying the New START Treaty was also important to containing defense costs. The United States is contending with a weak economy, unchecked budget deficits, and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. During the last 15 years, the START Treaty has saved us billions of dollars that might have been spent to counter uncertainties about Russian nuclear weaponry. Without New START, the process of gathering intelligence in Russia and countering potential Russian weapons advances would have cost much more.
Additionally, rejecting New START would have weakened our leverage against rogue states. A U.S. Senate vote against New START would have been greeted with delight in unfriendly nations like Iran, North Korea, Syria, and Burma. These nations want to be able to acquire sensitive weapons technologies without outside scrutiny. Rogue nations fear any nuclear cooperation between the United States and Russia because they know that it limits their options. Rejecting START also could have created obstacles in the UN Security Council, where Russia has a veto, and reduced Russia's cooperation in providing supply routes for our troops in Afghanistan.
Under the New START Treaty, the United States can and will deploy missile defenses to protect itself, its allies, and its troops. General Patrick O’Reilly, who is in charge of our missile defenses, endorsed the treaty, saying flatly that it “does not constrain our plans to execute the U.S. missile defense program.”
Both current and former U.S. military leaders have said that New START allows our country to retain ample numbers of nuclear weapons to defend the United States. We will retain up to 420 land-based missiles, an additional 240 submarine-based missiles, and significant numbers of nuclear bombs and other weapons that can be carried on bombers.
Furthermore, during the 8-month treaty review process, which included approximately 20 hearings in three different Committees, the Senate gave bipartisan backing to the modernization of our nuclear forces and the implementation of our missile defense plans. These actions, which I support, will complement the New START Treaty and contribute to our overall national security.
I supported the Treaty because it will help constrain expensive arms competition with Russia; it will guarantee transparency and confidence-building procedures that contribute to our fundamental national security; it will help frustrate rogue nations, who would prefer as much distance as possible between the United States and Russia on nuclear questions; and it will strike a blow against nuclear proliferation that deeply threatens American citizens and our interests in the world.
Thank you, again, for contacting me regarding this important issue.
Richard G. Lugar
United States Senator