Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) “reaffirmed his commitment Tuesday to seek re-election to a seventh term, saying that he will not be deterred by a frustrated electorate that is intent on trying to defeat well-established Republican incumbents in their primary elections,” the New York Times reports.
As several of his colleagues begin to make their plans known for 2012, Mr. Lugar said that he had not weighed the possibility of retiring from the Senate, even though he conceded that he could face “a competitive situation” in a Republican primary bid.
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson, Republican of Texas, announced last week that she was stepping aside. Senator Kent Conrad, Democrat of North Dakota, said Tuesday that he was retiring. But asked whether he was absolutely committed to seeking re-election, Mr. Lugar said, “Yes, I am.”
A fund-raiser “for the senator is scheduled Friday in Carmel, Ind., just north of Indianapolis, where aides said they expect about 400 people to pledge their support — and financial commitment — to Mr. Lugar.”