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Lugar staying off campaign trail

Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., said in an online interview released Monday that he will not stump this fall for Richard Mourdock, who defeated Lugar in their party's primary election.

Conservative blogger and commentator Abdul Hakim-Shabazz asked six-term incumbent Lugar whether he will help his formal rival if Mourdock's campaign asks Lugar to do so. Lugar replied that he "made no commitments to (Mourdock's) campaign" other than to ask voters on May 8, after the primary results were in, to support Mourdock so that Republicans might win a majority of Senate seats. Lugar also noted he volunteered to introduce Mourdock "with some reasonably generous words" to GOP senators at a Capitol Hill luncheon in July. But as for hitting the campaign trail to back Mourdock, Lugar told Hakim-Shabazz, "I do not intend to do so." "So any advice for Mr. Mourdock?" Hakim-Shabazz asked later in their interview. "Well, be a constructive campaigner," Lugar replied. State Treasurer Mourdock is running for Lugar's seat against Rep. Joe Donnelly, D-2nd.

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