U.S. Senator John McCain

The 2008 Republican presidential ticket is split between the two GOP candidates in the hotly contested Senate race.

In a 60-second radio spot released Friday, U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Az., supports fellow Sen. Richard Lugard, R-In., and reminded voters the six-term lawmaker has stood against President Obama’s administration.

The former presidential candidate also addressed criticisms levied by state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, adding that Lugar is not the president’s favorite Republican.

“Dick Lugar has always put his country first, helping keep our nation safe and secure as the foremost expert on national security in the Unites States Senate,” says McCain. “Yet, some in Indiana are claiming Dick Lugar is Obama’s friend. That’s ridiculous. And I know it firsthand. Because I fight alongside him every day in the Senate. Dick Lugar is a patriot and a hero, and we need him in the United States Senate.

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