小编摘要：共和党参议员 Richard Lugar 是美国参议院任职时间最长的议员之一，他也是制定美国外交政策的关键人物。Lugar 以促进海外民主立法，控制大规模杀伤性武器的蔓延，以及在种族隔离时期孤立南非而著称。
Republican Senator Richard Lugar is one of the longest serving lawmakers in the U.S Senate and a key player in formulating American foreign policy.
He is known for legislation promoting democracy overseas, curbing the spread of weapons of mass destruction and isolating South Africa during the apartheid era.
But in this election cycle that doesn’t matter to Indiana voter Eric Krieg.
“I don’t believe that foreign policy experience really, really matters. I don’t think it’s on everybody’s radar.”
Jean Jacobson says Lugar is out of touch with voters like her and she feels it is time for change.
“And I don’t think he’s as friendly as he’s used to be to conservative causes.”
Purdue University Political Science Professor James McCann says domestic concerns outweigh Lugar’s foreign policy experience.
“Indiana voters are typical of voters across the border in this country that when you ask them what the most important issue is, they are going to tell you the economy, they are going to tell you about jobs.”
Eric Crag agrees. He’s an engineer at British Petroleum’s Whiting Refinery in North East Indiana.
“This summer at this oil refinery, there will be 10,000 people working, tradesman, pipe fitters, boiler makers, welders, everybody making really good wages and making a good live.”
Crag supports Lugar’s opponent, Richard Mourdock, a former geologist because he wants greater energy independence for the U.S.
“This refinery has really become the primary refinery in North America because the oil is coming out of North Dakota now.”
Recent polling put Lugar slightly ahead of Mourdock. But that gap is closing as the May 8th primary election draws near, influenced by conservative tea party voters backing Mourdock.
Purdue Professor McCann says there is a downside if Lugar loses.
“You lose a fair amount of institutional memory in the Senate. You lose somebody who’s been an advocate for arms control. Somebody who I think has some general bipartisan, kind of connections. So I think in general, the United States would, would lose a key spokesperson.”
With Mitt Romney, the likely Republic nominee for President, voter turnout in Indiana is expected to be low and could influence who wins the primary.