Tuesday, April 17, 2012
How old is too old? This 80 year-old U.S. senator from Indiana is facing his first primary contest in 36 years. That fact alone is a testament to his popularity over the years, sometimes running without any Democratic opposition at all. In the 90s, he helped broker a bipartisan program for disarmament in the Soviet Union, and is widely respected across party lines. In 2012, however, Lugar is facing a significant crowd who questions his conservatism. His opponent, Richard Murdock, is largely supported by Tea Party members and trails Lugar in the polls by only seven points. But for a man who has run unopposed in primary elections for 36 years, that gap seems to be extremely tight. If re-elected, Lugar will serve in the Senate at least until the age of 86. Now that's longevity - here's to mature Americans.