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Dick Lugar: Too mild to be memorable?

Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.). (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

The Post’s Melinda Henneberger delivers an assessment today of Lugar’s chances ahead of his Republican primary with challenger Richard Mourdock, the Republican state treasurer. She writes that “Lugar, the ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is a gentleman of the old school, referring to the Affordable Care Act as ‘so-called Obamacare,’ in campaign speeches and even correctly identifying Harry Reid as a member of the Democratic, rather than “Democrat” Party. At a time when Republicans routinely insist on denying Democrats that courtesy, hearing the proper usage from a Republican’s lips is a reminder of how unusual it’s become.”

In response to a brewing scandal over his decision to sell his Indiana home 35 years ago, Lugar makes no apology and suggests that Congress functioned better when more of its members spent enough time in Washington to get to know one another better.

Read Melinda’s full story here.

Follow Ed O’Keefe on Twitter: @edatpost

Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.


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