Senator Richard Lugar is a 76-year-old Republican from
- Working to reduce world stockpiles of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons
- Working to devolve federal powers back to the states
- Working to end farm production controls
- Working to reform the food stamp program
- Opposes Partial-birth abortions
- Supports experimentation on human embryos
- Voted against a ban on human cloning
- First supported hate crimes legislation for sexual orientation, then voted against it.
- Supported increased wire-tapping authority
- Opposes unfair punitive taxation
Bill of Rights
- Supports right to pray voluntarily in school
- Voted to expand government wiretapping and domestic surveillance
- Voted against recording phone conversations by employers
- Supports almost without exception
- Voted for Patriot Act
- Voted for increased wiretapping/domestic surveillance
- Silent on Kelo decision
- Mixed record on awarding special rights to minorities and special interest groups
- Supports devolution of powers to the States
Qualifications for Job
Closeness to President? NO
Has an almost opposite voting record from Obama.
Effective communication with diverse audiences? NO
Seems to be more of the quiet type – rarely ruffles feathers.
Appropriate face of American foreign policy? YES
Senator Lugar seems to be a reasonable man who supports American values.
Aggressively pursues American interests? YES
Senator Lugar has voted relatively consistently to support the Bill of Rights, and the principles of Life,
Would probably make a good Secretary of State, but I find it almost unthinkable that President-elect Obama would name him. Their views on the world seem to be about as close to opposite as you can get. About the only thing alike between the two of them is that they have both been Senators.