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Republican Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana said Tuesday he plans to seek a seventh term in 2012 despite a challenge from Tea Party groups.

Lugar, 78, told reporters Tuesday at a breakfast hosted by The Christian Science Monitor in Washington that he takes the opposition seriously.

Representatives from more than 50 tea party groups plan to meet Saturday in Tipton to discuss strategies to beat Lugar in next year's GOP primary.

Lugar's spokesman, Mark Helmke, said the senator plans to run a vigorous campaign and is committed to winning a seventh term representing Indiana in the Senate. Lugar was first elected to the Senate in 1976.

He plans to return to Indiana on Friday for a major fundraiser in Carmel, outside of Indianapolis. Helmke says Lugar has already raised more than $320,000.

Lugar has carved out a bipartisan reputation during his decades in Washington, working with Democrats on a variety of issues, particularly foreign policy initiatives. That could make him vulnerable to a potential challenge from a Tea Party challenger on the right.

His support for such things as the DREAM Act, which would help some illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children obtain a path to citizenship, and his votes for President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominees have upset many conservatives in Indiana, particularly those aligned with the tea party movement. He has also supported the New START arms reduction treaty signed by Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in April.

Two Republicans mentioned as possible challengers to Lugar are State Treasurer Richard Mourdock and state Sen. Mike Delph of Carmel.

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  • Lugar resign!
    We can't afford another loser.
  • Exactly what we need more of in Washington
    Go Dick! You are a shining example of what is right with government in this country. You've done a tremendous job representing your Hoosier constituents and actually doing the job you were elected to do. Don't do just what will get you re-elected easily, but do what is right for the nation and the the residents of the state that elected you. We Hoosiers need your strong voice and terrific mind in Washington protecting us. Keep up the great work!
  • Lugar
    This former distinguished Senator needs to do all of us and himself a favor and retire. He has failed the citizens of Indiana and the US in so many ways.
  • NO
    Lugar please do not seek another term.

    Thank you
  • Good
    Great - I can't wait to see this RINO thrown out. We need a real conservative in DC, not this career politician
  • Term Limits
    Lugar is a shining example of why term limits are a must!

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