|U.S. Senator Richard Lugar R-IN|
The debate was moderated by former local news anchor Phil Bremen, now at Ball State University, and sponsored by the Indiana Debate Commission. Bremen's performance was the lowlight of the event, but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt because I don't know if he was receiving stage directions in his ear or not.
Lugar fumbled his opening statement, and he clearly appeared uncomfortable in a one-on-one debate with Mourdock, but he found his stride when the debate turned to foreign policy. Lugar made a few errors that were immediately pointed out by people on Twitter when it came to drawing attention to how long he had been in the Senate. With that said, other than the bad start, he appeared to be himself. Solid and in command of the issues he's worked on over the last 35 years in the Senate.
|Indiana Treasurer |
So, with Lugar fumbling the opening kickoff and Mourdock going cheesy on his closer, I think this debate was pretty even. Lugar scored big points on foreign policy, and Mourdock seemed to have the conservative pulse on domestic issues. Thus, I call this one a draw.
I don't think this debate likely helped Mourdock or hurt Lugar. We should be back where we started before 7:00 p.m. last night. This one is going to be a close race, and it will come down to turnout.