Senator Richard Lugar Plans To Impact Healthcare Legislation

By John W. Davis

August 11, 2010 Updated Aug 11, 2010 at 11:05 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The Tea Party, re-election and health care.

United States Republican Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana made a brief stop in Fort Wayne Wednesday night to discuss these hot issues with Indiana's NewsCenter.

Lugar admits voters are angry and discontent with incumbents.

He also recognized that Congressional approval ratings are down to about 20%.

However, Lugar said he wants to continue serving Hoosiers and plans on seeking re-election in 2012.

"I intend to be a candidate for re-election to the Senate, intend to be campaigning steadily as I have been for the last 30 some years. I'm hopeful that I'll be successful but I clearly understand the frustration and I will have to speak to that," said United States Senator Richard Lugar, who is a 78-year-old representative for the state of Indiana.

Meanwhile, Lugar will be 80 years old when he runs for re-election in 2012.

Lugar also weighed in with his feelings on the state of the Tea Party movement.

"Probably not a true party. But an influential group in expressing those frustrations particularly with what they contend is much larger government than we need, much greater expenses, much greater deficits, and I must say on those areas I have complete agreement," said Lugar.

Another hot topic Lugar addressed was healthcare.

Lugar said he would vote to repeal the new healthcare law but also said that was not realistic.

He said Republicans do not have the two-thirds majority to do so.

However, Lugar shared that some parts of the healthcare legislation still need to be written.

He said that is where the GOP can make an impact and lower the law's total cost.

Meanwhile, Lugar was honored by Parkview Hospital at the North location with a permanent plaque for his life-long focus on fitness and nutrition.

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