Palin said she joined “commonsense conservatives in endorsing Richard Mourdock,” saying it wasn’t just Indiana but the nation “that benefits from sending the right senator to serve for the right reasons.”
“Senator Lugar’s 36 years of service as a senator are appreciated,” Palin wrote, “but it’s time for the torch to pass to conservative leadership in Washington that promises to rein in government spending now.”
Lugar’s campaign had no immediate response. Voters will choose the GOP nominee in the May 8 primary election. The winner will face Democrat U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly.Palin's 2008 running mate, Arizona Sen. John McCain, endorsed Lugar's re-election, which was a bit perplexing given the fact that Lugar skipped every McCain-Palin campaign appearance in Indiana during the 2008 presidential campaign and allowed Barack Obama to use him in his campaign commercials that blanketed the Indiana airwaves throughout the presidential campaign.