Wed December 12, 2012
In Farewell Speech, Lugar Calls for More Unity, Less Posturing
Outgoing U.S. Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana says Congress and the president need to establish a closer working relationship, especially in the area of national security.
The Republican, who’s leaving Capitol Hill after 36 years, delivered his farewell address on the Senate floor today , saying the current dialogue on national security is one of the least constructive he’s ever witnessed.
"All parties should recognize the need for unity in the coming year, when events in Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, North Korea and other locations may test American national security in extreme ways," he said.
Lugar also said the Senate should focus on the unique role it plays in good governance and avoid the political posturing he's seen in recent years.
The 80 year old Lugar was defeated in the May Republican primary. He plans to lecture and oversee an internship program he’s establishing at the University of Indianapolis.