Sen. Dick Lugar (R., Ind.) told Indiana station WANE-TV that he fully intends to run again for the Senate in 2012 and that he plans to strike back at the tea partiers calling for a different GOP candidate.
Talking about how some tea partiers had criticized his support of President Obama’s START treaty, Lugar said, “I’ve got to say ‘Get real.’ I hear tea party or other people talking about they were against START. I said ‘Well, now, hang on here.’ If you want to get into START, let’s talk about it, but realistically as Americans, not as some Republican renegade. [I’m] trying to take warheads of Russia [out of circulation] so they won’t hit Indiana.”
He also defended his votes to confirm Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor. “Otherwise we polarize the Supreme Court business to a point that conservative justices offered by a conservative Republican president — who’ll be elected at some point — are going to have trouble,” Lugar argued.