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Republican Richard Lugar endorses Obama


By Indforobama - Posted on 15 October 2008

Obama’s ‘Diplomacy’ Wins a Republican Endorsement

The ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee parted ways with his party’s presidential nominee Wednesday by endorsing Democrat Barack Obama ’s approach to diplomacy.

In a lengthy speech at the National Defense University, Indiana Sen. Richard G. Lugar weighed the benefits of talking to foreign leaders, including U.S. enemies, against other actions, such as military force. The issue marks one of the sharpest divides between Obama and John McCain , who has called the Democratic nominee naive for suggesting that he would sit down with leaders such as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Lugar, however, praised Obama, noting that isolation often does not resolve contentious issues.

“He correctly cautions against the implication that hostile nations must be dealt with almost exclusively through isolation or military force,” Lugar said in a prepared remarks released before his speech. “In some cases, refusing to talk can even be dangerous.”

Lugar, however, said McCain is right to warn that “there are times when diplomatic approaches to rogue regimes have little efficacy.” But he cited North Korea, which was just removed from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terror, as a diplomatic success story and urged more contact with Syria and Iran.

This is not the first time Lugar and Obama have seen eye-to-eye on foreign policy issues. Lugar noted back in July that he was “pleased” to have worked with Obama on nuclear proliferation issues after an Obama ad ran mentioning Lugar by name.

Lugar also used his speech to underscore his concern that U.S. foreign policy has become too reactive.

“If most U.S. foreign policy attention is devoted to crises fomented by hostile regimes, we are ceding the initiative to our enemies and reducing our capacity to lead the world in ways that are more likely to affect our future,” Lugar said.

Boy, Republicans just can't distance themselves fast enough, can they?  Yikes!

Wonder what life will be like when McCain returns to the Senate? 

Kim/KJS

The problems we face will not be solved by the minds that created them.

This is gonna help me with my Dad. Lugar is his Senator, and he likes him. Dad has already refused to vote for McCain......maybe I can finish turning him. :-) 

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The enemy of "the best" is not "the worst." The enemy of "the best" is "good enough."

Indiana is in play, get to work. :) Each and every vote in that state are GONNA MATTER. I would love to see that state swing blue for the first time since 1964.

 Good Luck!!

Big time! Get on it Indiana!
I hope you can change your dads mind! Unfortunately, most of the dads i know will never change there minds. Im 20 years old and have lived in indiana all my life. The dads of the older generation might not vote for obama but there kids will. The younger generation in Indiana wants to go blue! My generation is very PISSED OFF about the way things are going and we will turn out to votet this year!

Tonight on the phone he wouldn't commit, but he did say, "Colin Powell, I really respect that man."

 

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The enemy of "the best" is not "the worst." The enemy of "the best" is "good enough."

We're pullin' for you David!  How wonderful if he did pull the lever for Obama! 

...We may see a Blue Indiana yet! :)

Singing..."Another one bites the dust..."

Good luck David.  Unfortunately, there is no changing my dad's mind.  He is sticking with the GOP even though he and his wife said they are going to hold their noses when they vote for McCain.  UGH...

Since the McCain/Palin campaign keeps getting into trouble with artists when they use songs without permission, maybe the estate of Freddie Mercury will allow them to use that one as their theme song...  

Kim/KJS 

The problems we face will not be solved by the minds that created them.

That might go very well with the "Queen", Sarah Palin. Although I doubt that Freddie Mercury, were he alive, would cotton too much to Palin.
hell no! Freddie would be the last dude on the planet to put up with that sh*t.

OH... he's definitely file suit AND write a song about it!! 

I miss Freddie... a lot! :(

you and me both sister.

Just watched an incredible documentary about Freddie.

Think it was called "Freddie Mercury: The Untold Story."

YOu can watch it on youtube. Amazing documentary.

I don't get it. It is one of the hardest things for me to grasp these days. How can anyone support that ticket. My brother and his wife are too. I can understand McCain 2000 but this guy has already gone into Bush territory. The thought of McCain '08 and that embarassement to intelligent women everywhere running this country, scares me to no end.

For those who saw the other thread:

WE NEED INTELLIGENCE IN THE WHITE HOUSE, i'm voting for the smart black man. Yes, that one. ( :

I don't get it either...the only time I have voted for someone I can't stand was when David Duke ran against Edwin Edwards years ago. (Yes, I am in Louisiana...=) )  And I felt that was justified, I mean, good Lord, I couldn't vote for a KKK leader (ugh...the national shame that election brought this state.) so I had to vote for Edwards.  But it wasn't a vote FOR Edwards, it was a vote AGAINST Duke.  I just don't get the mindset this time...

Hey Lauren, I have some freshly printed copies of the "voting for the black guy" post.  Why don't you give one of them to your dad?

Humph!  No wonder he's my ex! ;p

BIG TIME LUGAR! BIG TIME BABY!
I'm 99.9% sure we'll go Obama this year in Indiana.  Bush won by 15 and 20 points and McCain is only up a few.  We're sort of trying to stay under the radar so McCain doesn't head over here ;). I've always liked Dick Lugar, too.
I love how alot of the people on this site talk about how their dads cant vote against the GOP. In am 20 years old and i have lived in indiana all my life. I could hold a gun to my dads head and he would never vote for Obama. With that said, all my friends for the most part have the same stroy. Dads who are dedicated to the GOP. The older generartion mighnt never change but their children will. The younger generation in this state is not ignorant and Indiana will be voting for a demorcrat. Indiana is going blue for the first time since 1964!!!!! My generation will turn out to vote and we will make a stand!!!!
Thanks for the input, Sparks.  Good to hear Indiana going Barack's way.

Hey you young whipper-snapper!  Respect y'er elders! :)

I'm one of those "old guys".  48, and voting for Obama.  So is my 73 yo dad and 71 yo mom.  And, so are 2 of my 3 kids, and I'm working on the 3rd.  We are all Republicans.  My oldest got out of the US Navy earlier this year after serving 6 years.

Don't count the "old people" out just yet.  HA!

Wow Lugar!!  He's a strong Republican too more conservative than McCain!!  WOW!!  YES WE CAN!!
Ooooh Yeah!  They're comin' outta hiding now.  Pretty soon it's gonna look like a Fire Sale! :) 

Most Republicans in my family and social circle are crossing the fence for Obama, except my father in law - a retired union worker who'd never have kept his job if not for the union, but of the evangelical "white Christian Nationalist" sort.

It wouldn't surprise me if he thinks it possible Obama is the anti-Christ. His radical type of fundamentalism is the main reason we've pretty much cut ties, but the "bubba chump" email forwards he insists on sending do nothing to endear him to the rest of us, and his own grandchildren have lost a lot of respect for him.

I sent him several fact checker sites and asked him to please not send anymore "facts" until he runs them past the verification process, because I feel lying is immoral, and forwarding someone else's lies is the same as lying in the eyes of God.

I haven't heard back from him.

It's amazing how people take a partial truth and stretch it.  Lugar stated two days ago he voted in the primary for McCain and will again in the general election.  If you look at the title of this article it implies that Lugar is voting for Obama.  It's not true, he agrees with Obama on a diplomacy issue.  It's sad that this article is written in such a way to fool the public. 

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