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Lugar considering think tank, university positions

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Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar is planning to take a job outside government when he leaves the Senate in January.

A spokesman for Lugar says the senator has been talking with some think tanks and universities about positions taking advantage of his long tenure as a leading member of the Senate's Foreign Relations Committee.

The Republican senator has been mentioned as a possible secretary of state or CIA director under President Barack Obama, but Lugar spokesman Andy Fisher told Indianapolis radio station WIBC-FM that such reports are "without any forethought or knowledge."

The 80-year-old Lugar was first elected to the Senate in 1976 but lost his bid for a seventh term when he lost in the Republican primary in May. Democrat Joe Donnelly will replace Lugar in the Senate.

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    He is the equivalent of a rock star in foreign affairs. Lugar would make it difficult for Republicans to attack Obama on foreign affairs if Lugar were Secretary of State. The Wise Man of the Senate would easily be confirmed and would make a great Secretary of State, a position he supposedly turned down in the past to serve the citizens of Indiana in the US Senate.

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