FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar used his first public speech since leaving office in January to warn that political partisanship "is out of control" in the U.S.
Lugar also said during Tuesday's speech at Duke University that a "massive industry" makes money off of political discord and has an interest in keeping it going.
The Journal Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/Xzih6m ) the 80-year-old Lugar said in prepared remarks that many cable news networks, talk radio stations, think tanks, website and fundraising groups "have a deep economic stake in perpetuating political conflict." He said those entities "are successfully marketing and monetizing partisan outrage."
Lugar was Indiana's longest-serving senator until his defeat in the Republican primary last year. He's now a faculty member at Indiana University's School of Global and International Studies.
Information from: The Journal Gazette, http://www.journalgazette.net