(WHAS11) -- In a television commercial that debuted Monday morning, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels endorses veteran U.S. Senator Richard Lugar, who faces a stiff Republican primary challenge from State Treasurer Richard Mourdock.
"The truth can take a beating in campaign time and this year it's Dick Lugar on the receiving end," Daniels, Lugar's first chief of staff says in the ad. "It's funny in a way, these folks from elsewhere, here telling us who's a real Hoosier."
"The way he votes, the way he lives, I can't think of anyone so reflective of the thinking, principles, and ideals of our state. I'm not for Dick Lugar for what he's done, but for what he can do. Our point of view gets heard and has a better chance to win out with Dick Lugar on the job."
A six term incumbent, Lugar is in the fight of his long political life. Mourdock says in his ads that when Lugar went to Washington, he left his Hoosier values behind.