Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) says GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul is out of touch with mainstream Americans on foreign policy.
In an interview Sunday on CNN, Lugar said that Paul is left of Obama and that his views are not representative of the Republican Party.
"No, of course not. And it's not a message which really a president of the United States could ever afford to extend. In other words, we're a -- a party and a -- a president of leadership, leadership in the world," he said. "We have a fleet that covers all the seas, that, as a matter of fact, makes foreign trade possible, trade of all sorts. We're the only country that can go everywhere all over the world, and, therefore, indispensable to our allies as well as to our own interests."
"These are very, very important parts of our national strength. And they involve foreign policy. They involve armed forces and a combination of these," Lugar said.
In the same interview, Lugar said the GOP could lose his Indiana Senate seat if he is not the nominee, fighting back on recent reports that he is vulnerable in the 2012 race.
"Well, I'm not certain it -- that I'm the most vulnerable and I'm not sure it just happened," Lugar said. "In other words, I would just say that our campaign has already enlisted hundreds of volunteers from all the backgrounds that I've talked about. We've made 517,000 calls already, just to the spectrum of people who might vote in the Republican primary."
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