Senator Richard Lugar calls for compromise in official farewell address

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Senator Richard Lugar is urging his colleagues to compromise.  The outgoing Republican delivered his official farewell speech on the Senate floor Wednesday.

Senator Lugar said President Barack Obama must work with Republicans on foreign policy. He also said his fellow party members must stop rendering cooperation impossible.

His six terms in office make him the most senior Senate Republican and the third most senior senator. You’ll remember, he lost to Richard Mourdock in the GOP primary.

“In a perfect world, we would not only govern, we would execute a coherent strategy,” said Lugar. “That’s a very high bar for any legislative branch to clear, but we must aspire to it in cooperation with the president, because we are facing fundamental changes in the world.”

Senator Lugar has been named a distinguished professor at the University of Indianapolis.