Sen. Richard Lugar’s (R-IN) heated primary battle with State Treasurer Richard Mourdock veered into the realm of national security this week, and Lugar’s campaign is trying to take advantage.
Lugar’s campaign sent out a statement Tuesday criticizing Mourdock for telling the Times of Northwest Indiana editorial board that he would cut defense spending, perhaps by consolidating two or more of the military service branches together.
“There’s always going to be a lot of duplication. We look today at the historical setup of Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard — there’s a lot of duplication and bureaucracy right there. In the 21st century, is that necessary? I’m not sure that it is,” Mourdock said.
“Key Question for Richard Mourdock: Which military branch do you think is no longer necessary in the 21st century — the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps or Coast Guard?” Lugar’s campaign asked in the statement.