Star Endorses Lugar

The Indianapolis Star has endorsed U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar in the six-term senator's Republican primary battle with Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock.

The Star's editorial board said in Sunday's endorsement  that the 80-year-old Lugar has proven he can work "with friend and foe alike" to "get important things done."

The newspaper also took aim at the tea-party backed Mourdock, who's engaged in a tight race with Lugar in the May 8 primary.

The Star called Mourdock "another hard-core ideologue" and said that "plays well to partisan crowds, but it's a formula for ineffectiveness and frustration in the Senate, which is designed to encourage moderation."

The newspaper closed its endorsement by saying "few leaders in recent decades have tackled such complex matters with as much thoughtfulness and vision" as Lugar.

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