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Tue Jan 3, 2012, 03:40 AM

12. Where did you hear these things?

Mourdock opposes the START treaty. In September, Mourdock said, "I support maintaining troops in Iraq and Afghanistan so long as it is necessary to prevent these countries from again becoming havens for Islamic terror groups." I'm not sure how Lugar is much more "pro-war" than that. He does have more room to maneuver than Lugar does in presenting a Ron Paul-style antiwar face (appealing to Constitutional limits on executive power); you may have seen quotes on this I haven't been able to find, but Mourdock's campaign is so focused on painting Lugar as "Obama's favorite Republican senator" that it doesn't put out much about these sorts of issues.

Mourdock also is on record supporting much of the Patriot Act ("While I am concerned about preventing any abuses of civil liberties I would have supported the recent reauthorization of parts of the Patriot Act."; I couldn't find anything about the detention bill, but given the Senate vote on that, Lugar is at least not an outlier in his support.

Most of what I've been able to find just now on these specific issues is from On The Issues; what the campaign itself chooses to highlight tends to focus more on other things.

On the issues, Mourdock has a lot more freedom to tell people what they want to hear, since he doesn't have the kind of long record Lugar does. I don't see a lot of daylight between the two on the issues, but I do know Lugar has a record of at least occasionally serving as a voice of (comparative) reason in his party (which is precisely why the teabaggers are so keen to challenge him). I hope Lugar wins his primary mainly because of this. I don't think the chances of a Democrat winning will materially change if Mourdock runs instead of Lugar, so I'd rather see them nominate the person would would do the least damage in office.

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